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A Vivaldi Concert / Bedi, Chicago Baroque Ensemble


Release Date: 08/24/1996 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 25   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Patrice Michaels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Baroque Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When people think of Vivaldi, they think of concertos, which represent only about half of his nearly 800 compositions. Vocal music? Mostly forgotten. Vivaldi recordings, though voluminous, comprise many predictable collections of similar works -- flute concertos, violin concerto, and so forth. A Vivaldi Concert, performed by the Chicago Baroque Ensemble with guest artist Patrice Michaels, soprano, opens a unique vista on the Venetian composer. It's an invigoratingly diverse program of Vivaldi's vocal and instrumental works, none of them over-recorded. "We looked at all approaches to programming Vivaldi on disc and took the one less traveled by," said Cedille producer James Ginsburg, paraphrasing a Robert Frost poem, "And that Read more makes all the difference." The program of motets, concertos, cantatas and sonata unfolds through a symmetrical sequence of varied musical textures, moods, and instrumentation for and entertaining (and generous) 78-plus minutes of music.

This variety is a truer reflection of what a concert in Vivaldi's day would have sounded like -- and how the Chicago Baroque Ensemble programs its concerts -- compared to today's typically homogeneous concert programs, according to the ensemble's artistic director John Mark Rozendaal, who also wrote the CD booklet notes.

Variety was the goal even among the selection of vocal pieces; the sacred motets exhibit a relatively simple vocal style, while the cantatas on the theme of romantic love allow for a more freely expressive vocalism. The first motet is characterized by a pure, angelic soprano sound, while the second is darker, moodier.

The first cantata, "All'ombra di sospetto," RV178, features flute while the second cantata, "Lungi dal vago volto," RV680, features violin. For further variety, keyboardist David Schrader plays chamber organ rather than harpsichord in the motets, which were intended for church performances.

Rozendaal's notes set the stage by depicting the artistic vitality of 17th-century Venice in modern terms: the city was "the Hollywood of Europe, the center of a powerful entertainment industry and a playground for the continent's beautiful people." Music-making was everywhere -- "in the churches, the opera houses, the palaces of the ambassadors, in the streets and canals." And one of the key power-lunchers was Vivaldi, vain and temperamental, a "one-man music factory."
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Patrice Michaels (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Strings in D minor, RV 128 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
All'ombra di sospetto, RV 678 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Patrice Michaels (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in B flat major, Op. 14 no 4/RV 45 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Venice, Italy 
5.
Lungi dal vago, RV 680 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Patrice Michaels (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Flute in G major, RV 436 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7.
Longe mala umbrae terrores in G minor, RV 629 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Patrice Michaels (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630: I. Aria: Nulla in mundo pax sincera
Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630: II. Recit: Blando colore
Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630: III. Aria: Spirat anguis
Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630
Concerto for Strings in D minor, RV 128: I. Allegro non moto
Concerto for Strings in D minor, RV 128: II. Largo
Concerto for Strings in D minor, RV 128: III. Allegro
All'ombra di sospetto, RV 678: II. Aria: Avezzo non e il core
All'ombra di sospetto, RV 678: III. Recit: O quanti amanti, o quanti
All'ombra di sospetto, RV 678: IV. Aria: Mentiti contenti
Cello Sonata in B flat major, Op. 14, No. 4, RV 45: I. Largo
Cello Sonata in B flat major, Op. 14, No. 4, RV 45: II. Allegro
Cello Sonata in B flat major, Op. 14, No. 4, RV 45: III. Largo
Cello Sonata in B flat major, Op. 14, No. 4, RV 45: IV. Allegro
Lungi dal vago volto, RV 680: I. Recit: Lungi dal vago volto
Lungi dal vago volto, RV 680: II. Aria: Augelletti, voi col canto
Lungi dal vago volto, RV 680: III. Recit: Allegrezza mio core
Lungi dal vago volto, RV 680: IV. Aria: Mi stringerai si, si
Flute Concerto in G major, RV 436: I. Allegro
Flute Concerto in G major, RV 436: II. Largo
Flute Concerto in G major, RV 436: III. Allegro
Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, RV 629: I. Aria: Longe mala, umbrae, terrores
Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, RV 629: II. Recit: Recedite, nubes et fulgura
Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, RV 629: III. Aria: Descende, o coeli ros
Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, RV 629: IV. Alleluia

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