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Vivaldi - Musica Sacra / Alessandrini, De Marchi, Concerto Italiano, Academia Montis Regalis

Vivaldi / York / Mingardo / Concerto Italiano
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30512   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sara MingardoPatrizia BiccireDeborah YorkAnke Herrmann,   ... 
Conductor:  Rinaldo AlessandriniAlessandro De Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto ItalianoAcademia Montis Regalis
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Included in this set:

Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat, Concerti / York, Alessandrini

Once having recovered from the shock of hearing the jubilant opening chorus of Vivaldi’s celebrated setting of the Gloria, sung at what initially struck me as a breakneck tempo, I quickly began to enter into the vital spirit of Rinaldo Alessandrini’s performance. In fact it is not only this introductory movement that is thought-provoking but also the carefully considered tempos of several other sections of the work, some of them much slower than we have
Read more become used to. Alessandrini lays far greater emphasis than many of his rivals on the meaning of the Latin text. The two supplicatory sections, “Domine Deus, Rex caelestis” and “Domini Deus, Agnus Dei”, are both sensitively handled with affective dynamic shading; in the first of them Alessandrini avails himself of Vivaldi’s option for a violin solo rather than the more customarily heard oboe. The piece is lyrically sung by Deborah York with a beautifully sustained and imaginatively ornamented violin accompaniment played by Francesca Vicari. The soloist in the second of these movements is Sara Mingardo, whose voice recently made a favourable impression on me in a programme of Vivaldi chamber cantatas with concertos, also directed by Alessandrini (Opus 111, 11/97).

The other sacred vocal work in this new release is the latest of several adaptations Vivaldi made of a Magnificat which he had originally written for the Pieta, probably during the second decade of the eighteenth century. One of the principal differences between this version and the earlier ones lies in five arias for named singers among the figlie di coro of the Pieta. These are effectively contrasted pieces which, as Michael Talbot has pointed out, reflect Vivaldi’s understanding of each singer’s capabilities and performing style. In this performance the solos are distributed among three rather than five artists, but it hardly matters since each is sung with distinctive character – Mingardo indulges in an effective cadenza in her “Esurientes” – and accomplished technique.

Two concertos of contrasting aspect and instrumentation complete this very attractive programme. Both have been recorded previously, though, in the case of RV563 (sometimes encountered under the catalogue number RV781), not quite in the way it is performed here, with a natural trumpet and oboe as playful protagonists in the outer movements. In the slow movement the trumpet is tacet, the oboe assuming a solo role with scalewise passages of a somewhat vacuous character. Never mind, this is a rewarding issue above all, perhaps, for the expressive performance of the Magnificat.

– Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone

Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Concerti Sacri / Mingardo, Alessandrini

Vivaldi: Mottetti / Herrmann, Polverelli, De Marchi

This is Opus 111’s first volume of motets for solo voice and string orchestra, perhaps not the best-known part of the composer’s sacred output, but certainly one that is capable of providing a disc’s worth of attractive and buoyant music. One of them, the sweet-natured Nulla in mundo pax sincera, has become relatively familiar thanks to a treasurable recording made by the young Emma Kirkby and its resulting use in the film Shine, but its companions are scarcely less deserving of fame. Their music ranges from the energetic virtuosity of the warlike Invicti, bellate, the nightingale-impersonating Canta in prato, ride in monte or almost any of these works’ concluding Alleluias, to the touching tenderness of the central arias of O qui coeli terraeque serenitas and Longe mala, umbrae terrores... the whole makes an attractive package, and, for newcomers, a handy and seductive introduction to the bold world of Vivaldi’s vocal music.

– Gramophone, reviewing an earlier issue of this recording

Vivaldi: Concerti e Cantate / Mingardo, Alessandrini
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gloria in D major, RV 589 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto), Patrizia Biccire (Soprano), Deborah York (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Magnificat in G minor, RV 611 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Deborah York (Soprano), Patrizia Biccire (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4.
Canta in prato in A major, RV 623 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anke Herrmann (Soprano), Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro De Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
Invicti bellate in G major, RV 628 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anke Herrmann (Soprano), Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro De Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6.
Longe mala umbrae terrores in G minor, RV 629 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anke Herrmann (Soprano), Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro De Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7.
Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anke Herrmann (Soprano), Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro De Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
8.
O qui coeli, RV 631 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anke Herrmann (Soprano), Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro De Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
9.
Vestro principi divino in F major, RV 633 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anke Herrmann (Soprano), Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alessandro De Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
10.
Amor hai vinto, RV 683 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
11.
Cessate omai cessate, RV 684 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
12.
Concerto for Strings in D minor, RV 128 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
13.
Concerto for Violin and 2 Oboes in D major, RV 563 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
14.
Clarae stellae in F major, RV 625 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
15.
Concerto for Violin, Organ and Cello in C major, RV 554a by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
16.
Concerto in C major, RV 556 "Per la solenità di S Lorenzo" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
17.
Concerto for Violin, Oboe and Chalumeau in B flat major, RV 579 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
18.
Concerto for Strings in C major, RV 117 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
19.
Concerto for Strings in E flat major, RV 130 "Sonata al Santo Sepolcro" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
20.
Concerto for Strings in E minor, RV 134 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
21.
Concerto for Strings in G major, RV 151 "Alla rustica" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
22.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 4 no 8/RV 249 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
23.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, RV 422 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

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