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Vivaldi: Sacred Music

Vivaldi / Piau / Ensemble Matheus / Dantone
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30541   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiAnonymous
Performer:  Sara MingardoGemma BertagnolliMatteo BellottoRoberta Invernizzi,   ... 
Conductor:  Rinaldo AlessandriniOttavio DantoneJean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto ItalianoAccademia BizantinaEnsemble Matheus
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A Naïve boxed set that gathers the finest sacred works composed by Antonio Vivaldi and performed by some of the most recognized artists in this wonderful repertoire, including Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Jaroussky, Sara Mingardo, and Rinaldo Alessandrini.

Reviews of some of the original recordings that make up this set:

Nisi Dominus, Stabat Mater

"The latest Vivaldi recording on Naïve...focuses on sacred works: the Stabat Mater (RV 621) and Nisi Dominus (RV 608), both performed with potent expression by the fine period group Ensemble Matheus, led by Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
Vivaldi, also a priest, wrote the Nisi Dominus for the Ospedale
Read more Della Pietà in Venice, where he taught orphaned girls the violin. The countertenor Philippe Jaroussky wields his sweet-toned, radiant voice to emotive effect, displaying both a rapid-fire coloratura technique and a poignant, lyrical expressiveness, particularly haunting in “Cum dederit.”
In the more austere Stabat Mater, Marie-Nicole Lemieux sings with a gripping sense of drama, her darkly rich, agile contralto illuminating the text with anguish and passion.
The Ensemble Matheus plays with vigorous flair and sharply etched dynamic contrasts. Its crisp period approach sounds alternately fiery and gently warm, with dramatic explosions of color in “Surgite postquam” and almost inaudible whisperings at the beginning of “Cum dederit.”
The disc also includes a Crucifixus from a Credo attributed to Vivaldi (RV 592), a moving duet reminiscent of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater."

– Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times [3/16/2008]

Vespri Per L'assunzione Di Maria Vergine
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 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.

– Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Magnificat in G minor, RV 610a by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto), Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano), Matteo Bellotto (Baritone),
Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
2.
Dixit Dominus in D major, RV 594 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Alto), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor),
Matteo Bellotto (Baritone), Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
3.
Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Ettore Belli (Viola d'amore), Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
4.
Benedicta filia tua Domino by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
5.
Pulchra es et decora by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
6.
Ave maris stella by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
7.
Magnificat anima mea Dominum by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
8.
Maria Virgo assumpta est by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
9.
Assumpta est by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Language: Latin 
10.
Salve Regina in C minor, RV 616 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
11.
Ascende laeta, RV 635 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
12.
Laudate pueri Dominum in C minor, RV 600 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
13.
Lauda Jerusalem in E minor, RV 609 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano), Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
14.
Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in C major, RV 581 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Antonio De Secondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
15.
In furore giustissimae irae in C minor, RV 626 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano Montanari (Violin), Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16.
Sinfonia for Strings in B minor, RV 169 "al Santo Sepolcro" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano Montanari (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
17.
Laudate pueri Dominum in G major, RV 601 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marcello Gatti (Flute), Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Stefano Montanari (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1730; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 23 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
18.
Concerto for Violin and Organ in D minor, RV 541 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Organ), Stefano Montanari (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
19.
Concerto for Violin in F major, RV 286 "Per la Solennità di S Lorenzo" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano Montanari (Violin), Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 27 Secs. 
20.
Crucifixus by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
21.
Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
22.
Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
23.
Concerto for Double Orchestra in F major, RV 584: 1st movement, Allegro non molto by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Lopes Ferreira (Violin), Francesca Vicari (Violin), Ignazio Schifani (Organ),
Francesco Moi (Organ)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
24.
Domine ad adiuvandum me in G major, RV 593 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
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 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
25.
Antifon to "Nisi Dominus" - Benedicta filia tua Domino by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
26.
Antifon to "Laetatus sum" - In odorem unguentorum by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
27.
Laetatus sum, RV 607 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Francesco Moi (Organ), Mauro Lopes Ferreira (Violin), Ignazio Schifani (Organ),
Francesca Vicari (Violin)
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 12 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
28.
Deus in adiutorium by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marco Scavazza (Bass)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
29.
Gloria in D major, RV 589 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 25 Minutes 9 Secs. 
30.
Ostro picta in D major, RV 642 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
31.
Gloria in D major, RV 588 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Monica Piccinini (Soprano), Lia Serafini (Soprano), Luca Dordolo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Some Hits Some Misses February 1, 2013 By steven howes (Winnipeg, MB) See All My Reviews "I like about half of the CDs in this set. All were beautifully packages and had great booklets. Some works just had to much colouratura for my liking, I tend to like the large choral works more. For the price of this 6 CD set you won't hear me complaining. The Nisi Dominus and Dixit Dominus I particularily liked." Report Abuse
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