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Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus, Stabat Mater / Spinosi, Jaroussky, Lemieux

Vivaldi / Jaroussky / Ensemble Matheus
Release Date: 08/06/2013 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 40019   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe JarousskyMarie-Nicole Lemieux
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"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 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
Read more 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], reviewing original release Naïve 30453 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Crucifixus by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
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 
3.
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 

Sound Samples

Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Nisi Dominus
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Vanum est vobis
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Surgite postquam sederitis
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Cum dederit delectis suis somnum
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Sicut sagittae in manu potentis
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Aria: Beatus vir qui implevit
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Gloria Patri
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Sicut erat in principio
Nisi Dominus, RV 608: Amen
Credo, RV 592: Crucifixus etiam pro nobis
Stabat Mater, RV 621: Stabat Mater dolorosa
Stabat Mater, RV 621: Cujus animam gementem
Stabat Mater, RV 621: O quam tristis
Stabat Mater, RV 621: Quis est homo
Stabat Mater, RV 621: Quis non posset
Stabat Mater, RV 621: Pro peccatis suae gentis
Stabat Mater, RV 621: Eja mater, fons amoris
Stabat Mater, RV 621: Fac ut ardeat cor meum
Stabat Mater, RV 621: Amen

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