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Vivaldi: Sacred Music Vol 4 / Mallon, Aradia Ensemble


Release Date: 11/13/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573324  
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Claire De SévignéMaria Soulis
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In Vivaldi’s astonishing worklist there are numerous sacred choral pieces and around forty cantatas. Much of this music was written for the soloists and choir at the girls’ orphanage in Venice where he worked and taught. The motets and psalm settings in this volume, despite being religious works intended for performance during Mass, are often strikingly operatic. Invicti bellate is a bravura setting and whilst In turbato mare irato demands a wide vocal range and the use of opera-derived melismas, all the works display Vivaldi’s vivid musical imagination and his dramatic word setting. In Vivaldi’s astonishing worklist there are numerous sacred choral pieces and around forty cantatas. Much of this music was written for the soloists and choir at the girls’ orphanage in Venice where he worked and taught. The motets and psalm settings in this volume, despite being religious works intended for performance during Mass, are often strikingly operatic. Invicti bellate is a bravura setting and whilst In turbato mare irato demands a wide vocal range and the use of opera-derived melismas, all the works display Vivaldi’s vivid musical imagination and his dramatic word setting. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
O qui coeli, RV 631 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Claire De Sévigné (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Laudate Dominum in D minor, RV 606 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
Invicti bellate in G major, RV 628 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Maria Soulis (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4.
In turbato mare in G major, RV 627 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Claire De Sévigné (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
In exitu Israel in C major, RV 604 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6.
Vestro principi divino in F major, RV 633 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Maria Soulis (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7.
Laetatus sum, RV 607 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Gorgeous performance of seven sacred Vivaldi work April 19, 2016 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "This recording of vocal works by Antonio Vivaldi features Claire de Sevigne (soprano) and Maria Soulis (mezzo-soprano) performing with the Aradio Ensemble under the direction of Kevin Mallon. And my goodness, do the singers and members of the Ensemble sound fantastic! The recording opens with “In turbato mare irato” (RV 627), and it starts off spritely and energetic. Ms. Sevigne’s soaring soprano is a perfect match for this music, and the Aradio Ensemble plays with a vigor and zest for life that is also a perfect match. “In exitu Israel” (RV 604) is next, and it is a delightful 3 minutes and 29 seconds of emotional and vocal energy. Ms. Soulis’ rich, dark mezzo-soprano is featured next in “Vestro Principi divino” (RV 633), and the work is warm sweeping in the Baroque style that this listener is particularly fond of, finishing in a fitting series of hallelujah’s. Next is the short “Laudate Dominum” (RV 606), a short choral work featuring violin accompaniment and the chorus itself in fine voice. Ms. Soulis returns with “Invicti bellate” (RV 628), her voice and the strings lending the work extra suppleness, strength, and vigor. I am particularly fond of the section of the piece that begins at Track 14 (“Dux aeterne Jesu care”), the middle strings and downward pitch of the accompaniment imparting a deliberate formal nobility to the work. The chorus returns for “Laetatus sum” (RV 607), which leads into the final work on the recording, “O qui coeli terraeque serenitas” (RV 631), a delightful back-and-forth piece with Baroque accompaniment and Ms. Sevigne’s bright wonderful voice. The Aradia Ensemble, founded in 1999 by conductor Kevin Mallon, sounds superb throughout this all digital recording. The sound is crisp and warm, and there is joy in the performance of these pieces. The material, not often heard live (at least, not here in the United States) is a feast for the ears. The liner notes give the English text of the libretto, as well as background Antonio Vivaldi’s life, the conductor, the ensemble, and the two soloists. This recording, on the Naxos label, has spent more than a few hours both in my car and my home stereo system. If music of the Baroque, and particularly Antonio Vivaldi, is of interest then the performances contained herein may turn it into a passion. Very Highly Recommended!" Report Abuse
 Highly recommended Vivaldi December 8, 2015 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Once you get to volume 4 of any comprehensive recording project you hope that the quality of the music can remain fairly high, and that the musicians aren’t just there to check off a number of pieces on their way to completion. No worries on the composition side: Vivaldi was exceptionally prolific, it’s true, but his music, to my ears at least, is always interesting and often inspired. The inspiration shows up even at this stage in the project, though many of the pieces were written for particular situations, and I would imagine often on short notice. Like Bach, Vivaldi was a practical musician whose genius shone through Monday to Sunday. Though this music slips into operatic tropes often, underlying the music is a strong sense of devotion. Vivaldi was an ordained priest and a highly religious person. As for the musicians, Kevin Mallon and his Aradia Ensemble are prolific themselves, having recorded 50 albums for Naxos. But I find this CD as fresh and energetic and musically accomplished as the best ones in their discography. Speaking of which, I highly recommend Mallon’s Samuel Arnold and Marc-Antoine Charpentier discs from Naxos. But back to this Vivaldi disc: the Aradia Ensemble is first rate as always, and the Aradia Chorus is excellent in the Laudate Dominum and In Exitu Israel. The two soloists, Claire De Sevigne and Maria Soulis, demonstrate virtuoso technique and a strong sense of drama, but also show taste and musicianship. This disc and the previous three are highly recommended." Report Abuse
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