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Vivaldi: Vespri Per L'assunzione Di Maria / Alessandrini


Release Date: 02/17/2004 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30383   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiAnonymous
Performer:  Sara MingardoGemma BertagnolliMatteo BellottoRoberta Invernizzi,   ... 
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


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
Read more 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

from GRAMOPHONE review:
"A Vivaldi ‘re-creation’ distinguished by thrilling singing and Alessandrini’s energy.
No, not the ‘Vivaldi Vespers’, nor even a reconstruction of a specific event, but a kind of ‘sacred concert’ in Vespers form, of the sort that Venetian churches in Vivaldi’s time – ever aware of the power of music to swell a congregation – were wont to mount in the name of worship. Whether or not Vivaldi ever supplied all of the music for any such occasion is not clear – no complete integrated cycle exists – but he certainly set plenty of Vespers texts, enough at any rate for Rinaldo Alessandrini and scholar Frédéric Delaméa to put together this rich programme of delights. The putative occasion is a Vespers for the Feast of the Assumption as it might have been heard in one of Venice’s more important churches, and brought together for it from various corners of Vivaldi’s output are settings of the five Vespers psalms, a Magnificat, a Salve Regina, a solo motet (Ascende in laeta) and a couple of orchestral concertos. Unmistakably Vivaldian in almost every bar, these pieces nevertheless show considerable variety...whether or not the Vespers context actually means much in wider terms, it sounds as if it has allowed Alessandrini to bring to the music a vital sense of direction. The result is two-and-a-half hours of invigorating listening. - GRAMOPHONE

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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 
Notes: This selection is presented twice on this recording. 
5.
Pulchra es et decora by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is presented twice on this recording. 
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.
Deus in adiutorium by Anonymous
Performer:  Marco Scavazza (Bass)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Language: Latin 
9.
Maria Virgo assumpta est by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is presented twice on this recording
10.
Assumpta est by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Language: Latin 
11.
In odorem unguentorum by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is presented twice on this recording. 
12.
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 
13.
Concerto for Double Orchestra in F major, RV 584: 1st movement, Allegro non molto by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Arranged: Rinaldo Alessandrini 
14.
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 
Language: Latin 
15.
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 
16.
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 
17.
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 
18.
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 

Sound Samples

Concerto for 2 Cori and Double Orchestra in F major, RV 584 (arr. R. Alessandrini)
Deus in adiutorium
Domine ad adiuvandum me festina, RV 593: Domine ad adiuvandum me festina (Chorus)
Domine ad adiuvandum me festina, RV 593: Aria: Gloria Patri et Filio (Soprano)
Domine ad adiuvandum me festina, RV 593: Sicut erat in principio (Chorus)
Ascende laeta, RV 635: Aria: Ascende laeta
Ascende laeta, RV 635: Recitativo: Quam pulchri, quam formosi
Ascende laeta, RV 635: Aria: Sternite, Angeli
Dixit Dominus, RV 594: Dixit Dominus (Chorus)
Dixit Dominus, RV 594: Donec ponam inimicos tuos (Chorus)
Dixit Dominus, RV 594: Virgam virtutis tuae (Soprano duet)
Dixit Dominus, RV 594: Tecum principium (Alto)
Dixit Dominus, RV 594: Juravit Dominus (Chorus)
Dixit Dominus, RV 594: Dominus a dextris tuis (Tenor, Baritone)
Dixit Dominus, RV 594: Judicabit in nationibus (Chorus)
Dixit Dominus, RV 594: De torrente in via (Soprano)
Dixit Dominus, RV 594: Gloria Patri (Chorus)
Dixit Dominus, RV 594: Sicut erat in principio (Chorus)
Assumpta est Maria in caelo: Antifona:
Maria Virgo assumpta est: Antifona al Laudate pueri:
Laudate pueri Dominum, RV 600: Laudate, pueri Dominum
Laudate pueri Dominum, RV 600: Sit nomen Domini benedictum
Laudate pueri Dominum, RV 600: A solis ortu
Laudate pueri Dominum, RV 600: Excelsus super omnes gentes
Laudate pueri Dominum, RV 600: Quis sicut Dominus
Laudate pueri Dominum, RV 600: Suscitans a terra
Laudate pueri Dominum, RV 600: Ut collocet eum
Laudate pueri Dominum, RV 600: Gloria Patri
Laudate pueri Dominum, RV 600: Sicut erat in principio
Laudate pueri Dominum, RV 600: Amen
Maria Virgo assumpta est: Antifona:
In odorem unguentorum: Antifona:
Laetatus sum, RV 607
In odorem unguentorum: Antifona:
Benedicta filia tua Domino: Antifona al Nisi Dominus:
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Nisi Dominus
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Vanum est vobis
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Surgite
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Cum dederit
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Sicut erat sagittae
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Beatus vir
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Gloria Patri
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Sicut erat in principio
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Amen
Benedicta filia tua Domino: Antifona:
Pulchra es et decora: Antifona al Lauda Jerusalem:
Lauda Jerusalem, RV 609
Pulchra es et decora: Antifona:
Ave Maris stella
Hodie Maria Virgo: Antifona al Magnificat:
Magnificat in G minor, RV 610: Magnificat anima mea Dominum (Chorus)
Magnificat in G minor, RV 610: Et exsultavit spiritus meus (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Chorus)
Magnificat in G minor, RV 610: Et misericordia (Chorus)
Magnificat in G minor, RV 610: Fecit potentiam (Chorus)
Magnificat in G minor, RV 610: Deposuit potentes (Chorus)
Magnificat in G minor, RV 610: Esurientes implevit bonis (Soprano duet)
Magnificat in G minor, RV 610: Suscepit Israel (Chorus)
Magnificat in G minor, RV 610: Sicut locutus est (Soprano, Alto, Baritone)
Magnificat in G minor, RV 610: Gloria Patri (Chorus)
Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in C major, RV 581, "The Assumption of the Virgin": I. Adagio e staccato - Allegro ma poco
Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in C major, RV 581, "The Assumption of the Virgin": II. Largo
Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in C major, RV 581, "The Assumption of the Virgin": III. Allegro
Salve Regina, RV 616: Salve Regina
Salve Regina, RV 616: Ad te clamamus
Salve Regina, RV 616: Ad te suspiramus
Salve Regina, RV 616: Eja ergo
Salve Regina, RV 616: Et Jesum
Salve Regina, RV 616: O Clemens

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