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Vivaldi: Laudate Pueri, In Furore, Etc / Ciofi, Biondi


Release Date: 11/02/2004 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 45704   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is a thrilling disc. Each of the four motets is scored for soprano and strings, and a glance at the texts gives you some idea of how much fun we're in for: In turbato mare irato (In the turbulent, wrath-torn sea goodly peace is wrecked); In furore giustissimae irae (In the fury of your righteous wrath you wield your sovereign power). Okay, the other two are a bit calmer, but you'd never know from the vibrant string writing and insanely florid vocal lines. Aside from the extended setting of Laudate pueri Dominum, which runs more than 23 minutes even in this lively performance, the other three works consist of two arias (allegro and largo) separated by a brief recitative, concluding with an
Read more exciting Alleluia. Religious music never sounded more entertaining.


Patrizia Ciofi is simply amazing. Anyone who can get through all 10(!) numbers of Laudate pueri Dominum with their lungs and vocal chords intact deserves our respect (and perhaps pity), but Ciofi emerges from the fray completely triumphantly, negotiating rapid passages with heart-stopping bravura and still finding a melting legato for the lovely Gloria Patri toward the end. The highlight of the disc, from a purely lyrical point of view, is "Resplende, bella" from In turbato mare irato, a gorgeous Larghetto that requires great sensitivity and breath control from the singer. And Ciofi really does attack the opening numbers of the above two "wrath" motets, vividly characterizing the words without ever compromising her phenomenal technique. It almost goes without saying that Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante are with her every step of the way, and the sonics are outstanding. Spectacular! [11/15/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Laudate pueri Dominum in C minor, RV 600 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
2. In furore giustissimae irae in C minor, RV 626 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
3. In turbato mare in G major, RV 627 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
4. O qui coeli, RV 631 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: Laudate, pueri Dominum [Allegro]
Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: Sit nomen Domini [largo]
Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: A solis ortu usque ad occasum [Allegro]
Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: Excelsus super omnes [Andante]
Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: Qui sicut Dominus Deus [largo]
Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: Suscitans a terra inopem [Presto]
Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: Ut collocet eum [Allegro]
Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: Gloria Patri et Filio [Largo]
Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: Laudate, pueri Dominum [Allegro]
Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: Amen [Allegro]
In furore, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV626: I Aria: In furore [Allegro]
In furore, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV626: II Recitativo
In furore, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV626: III Aria: Tunc mesu fletus [Largo]
In furore, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV626: IV Alleluia [Allegro]
In turbato mare irato, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV627: I Aria: In turbato mare irato [Allegro]
In turbato mare irato, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV627: II Recitativo: Splmende serena, o lux amata
In turbato mare irato, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV627: III Aria: Respende, bella, divina stella [Larghetto]
In turbato mare irato, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV627: IV Alleluia [Allegro]
O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV631: I Aria: O qui coeli terraeque serenitas [Allegro]
O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV631: II Recitativo: Fac ut sordescat tellus
O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV631: III Aria: Rosa quae moritur [Largo]
O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, motet for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV631: IV Alleluia [Allegro]

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