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Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat; Pergolesi: Magnificat / Willcocks, Ledger


Release Date: 08/12/2010 
Label:  London/Decca Serenata Series Catalog #: 425724   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiGiovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerElizabeth VaughanIan PartridgeChristopher Keyte,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir David WillcocksSir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College ChoirAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Some recent recordings of the Vivaldi Gloria have been making me wonder whether the work is overrated. This new one is reassuring. Largely because it is so unpretentious: it is done with small forces, both choral and orchestral, and in an unforced, straightforward way which reminds one that the work was intended liturgically, not as a grandiose concert piece. Not that it is a routine performance—it is too good for that—but it does have something of the natural manner that seems to come from using a choir and conductor who really know the place of liturgical music.

-- Gramophone [1/1967]

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When these recordings first came out, far in advance of the period instrument
Read more revolution, they were revelations. Though modern instruments were used, there was an effort to get performance practices right... And there was the incredibly powerful, absolutely heavenly sound of that chorus of men and boys, as well as the lifelike recordings that perfectly captured the vast space of the Chapel of King's College. Since that time there have been other performances that depict the letter of each work to a greater degree than these, but many listeners will argue that there are none that have better encapsulated the spirit of this music... These are star-studded "great singing" recordings in which the artists will be remembered as much as the music itself.

-- Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing the Vivaldi Gloria, Decca 458623]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gloria in D major, RV 589 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Elizabeth Vaughan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1966 
2.
Magnificat in G minor, RV 611 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Christopher Keyte (Bass), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano),
Elizabeth Vaughan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1976 
3.
Magnificat by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Peter Castle (Boy Soprano), Michael Cockerham (Boy Alto), Andrew King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1966 

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