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Vivaldi: Gloria, Dixit Dominus / Alessandrini

Vivaldi / Bertagnolli / Concerto Italiano
Release Date: 08/06/2013 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 40017   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Monica PiccininiGemma BertagnolliMatteo BellottoGianluca Ferrarini,   ... 
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Venetian liturgical music of the early 18th century tended to be indistinguishable from opera except that the texts were sacred rather than theatrical, allowing congregations to hear the same kinds of displays of flamboyant virtuosity they could expect in the opera house (and often with the same singers). Vivaldi's two settings of the Gloria, both in D major and both from 1715, are no exceptions to that trend, and offer a spectacular showcase for soloists. This Naïve release, part of its Vivaldi Edition, features the singers and players of Concerto Italiano, led by its founder Rinaldo Alessandrini, and contralto Sara Mingardo. Alessandrini's mastery in this repertoire is evident in the supple elegance of the performances, his keen Read more sense of pacing, and particularly in the nuanced balance of the choral parts. The 13-member chorus can sound full as well as intimate, and the youthful blend is especially appealing. The members of the chorus who step into solo roles, sopranos Anna Simboli, Alena Dantcheva, Lia Serafini, and Monica Piccinini, and tenor Luca Dordolo, are all terrific. Mingardo brings a warm, grounded, true contralto sound to her solos, as well as a seamlessly smooth legato and refinement of phrasing. ... (Vivaldi curiously appropriated and reworked a setting by Giovanni Maria Ruggieri for the final chorus, "Cum sancto spiritu," for both his versions.) ... Naïve's sound is wonderfully clear and crisp, but with plenty of warmth.

– Stephen Eddins, All Music Guide, reviewing an earlier release of this recording of Gloria RV 589 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
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. 
2.
Ostro picta in D major, RV 642 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
3.
Dixit Dominus in D major, RV 594 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano), Matteo Bellotto (Baritone), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor),
Sara Mingardo (Alto), 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: 26 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Ascende laeta, RV 635 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

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