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Vivaldi: Vespri Per L'assunzione Di Maria Vergine [Limited Edition] / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, Et Al

Vivaldi / Concerto Italiano / Alessandrini
Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30475   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiRinaldo Alessandrini
Performer:  Mauro Lopes FerreiraIgnazio SchifaniFrancesco MoiFrancesca Vicari,   ... 
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This limited edition includes reproductions of Vivaldi's original manuscripts.


This 2-disc set is a reconstruction of a "let's pretend" event, described in the booklet as "a service of Solemn Vespers for the Assumption of the Virgin such as Vivaldi might have performed..." Whether he did or not is of little import since the concept places the music in a proper liturgical context. More relevant is the quality of the music and the performances, typically Vivaldian in their energetic theatricality. The latter trait, we're told in an essay by Rinaldo Alessandrini, is an element of the "festive devotion" characteristic of the Italian Baroque. There's secular
Read more music here too--a movement from a Vivaldi Concerto serves as an overture, and conforming to the practice of the time, the Concerto in C major RV 581 for violin and strings is placed after the Magnificat.

The harmonized and embellished antiphons in this reconstruction are by Alessandrini in the style of Venetian period examples due to the fact that the Gregorian plainchants had fallen out of usage in the Venetian Baroque. Fortunately, he's eliminated the celebrant's liturgical readings and responses in the service, so all we get is the music.

And what music! The best-known works in the set are the Psalms and the great Magnificat, but also included are stunning motets such as Ascende laeta, which is beautifully sung by Roberta Invernizzi. Another fine soprano here is Gemma Bertagnolli whose Psalm 112, Laudate peuri, reveals a big, warm voice that makes an immediate impact. The Dixit Dominus, Psalm 109, is a feast of exciting music as well, with a lovely duet for two sopranos and a beautiful (and beautifully sung) "Tecum principium" solo by contralto Sara Mingardo.

Mingardo also is outstanding in the Psalm 126, Nisi Dominus, where she sings with great intensity. Try its "Cum dedent" for singing that combines style, rapt concentration, and deep feeling, all to a gently rocking accompaniment that makes it irresistible. In the following "Sicut sagittae" she displays vibrant attacks and virtuoso vocal runs, while in the "Gloria Patri" she spins long legato lines to organ and viola d'amore accompaniment. The chorus is spotlighted in the Magnificat RV 610a, where its spirited singing takes center stage. Mingardo clearly is the star vocal soloist in the set, but her colleagues are never less than good and most are well above what we too often hear in historically informed performances of Baroque music.

The impressive energy conveyed in the choral singing owes much to the set's guiding force, Maestro Alessandrini, whose leadership consistently results in vital, vibrant performances. Attacks are crisp, dynamics varied, rhythms infectious. Whatever the scholarly efforts that went into this recording, the result bursts with life, making this an essential set for lovers of Baroque vocal music. [3/6/2004]

– Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com, reviewing Naive 30383
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin, Organ and Double Orchestra in F major [incomplete] by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Lopes Ferreira (Violin), Ignazio Schifani (Organ), Francesco Moi (Organ),
Francesca Vicari (Violin)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1742 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2. Deus in adiutorium, intonatio for voice & continuo by Rinaldo Alessandrini
Performer:  Marco Scavazza ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. Domine ad adiuvandum me in G major, RV 593 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4. Ascende laeta, RV 635 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5. Dixit Dominus in D major, RV 594 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gianluca Ferrarini (), Matteo Bellotto (), Roberta Invernizzi (),
Gemma Bertagnolli ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 23 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6. Assumpta est Maria in caelo, antiphon for voice & continuo by Rinaldo Alessandrini
Performer:  Anna Simbola ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 35 Secs. 
7. Maria Virgo assumpta est, antiphon for voice & continuo by Rinaldo Alessandrini
Performer:  Anna Simbola ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8. Laudate pueri Dominum in C minor, RV 600 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gemma Bertagnolli ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 21 Minutes 15 Secs. 
9. In odorem unguentorum, antiphon for voice & continuo by Rinaldo Alessandrini
Performer:  Anna Simbola ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10. Laetatus sum, RV 607 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11. Benedicta filia tua Domino, antiphon for voice & continuo by Rinaldo Alessandrini
Performer:  Anna Simbola ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12. Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Ettore Belli (Viola d'amore)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 19 Minutes 4 Secs. 
13. Pulchra es et decora, antiphon for voice & continuo by Rinaldo Alessandrini
Performer:  Anna Simbola ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 23 Secs. 
14. Lauda Jerusalem in E minor, RV 609 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gemma Bertagnolli (), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
15. Ave Maris stella, for voice & continuo by Rinaldo Alessandrini
Performer:  Anna Simbola ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
16. Antifona al Magnificat, for voice & continuo by Rinaldo Alessandrini
Performer:  Anna Simbola ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 31 Secs. 
17. Magnificat in G minor, RV 610a by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gemma Bertagnolli (), Gianluca Ferrarini (), Matteo Bellotto (),
Roberta Invernizzi ()
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 
18. Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in D major, RV 582 "Assumption BVM" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Antonio De Secondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 14 Minutes 38 Secs. 
19. Salve Regina in C minor, RV 616 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 15 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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