Gloria! - Vivaldi's Angels / Maute, Ensemble Caprice

Release Date: 11/11/2008
Label: Analekta
Catalog Number: AN29917
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor: Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Antonio Vivaldi wrote most of his choral music for the all-female orphanage Ospedalle della Pietà in Venice, where he directed the musical activities for almost 40 years. Vivaldi's sacred music exudes the same spirited drive and dramatic virtuosity that have made his concertos so popular. The young women of the Pietà chosen to perform in its choir were renowned for their exceptional musical abilities and angelic voices, and their concerts quickly became a popular tourist attraction in the 18th century. It is unclear whether these girls actually performed the bass parts, though there are a few tantalizing--if unintuitive!--contemporary references to just such a practice There is no consensus on whether the lower voices were sung as written in the score--most modern renditions feature a mixed chorus--or whether they were transposed up an octave. Matthias Maute, conducting Ensemble Caprice, makes an inspired case for the latter approach--his all-female choir sounds, aptly, angelic.
Works on This Recording
1. Gloria in D major, RV 589 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor: Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
Period: Baroque
2. In furore giustissimae irae in C minor, RV 626 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Monika Mauch (Soprano)
Conductor: Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
Period: Baroque
3. Concerto for 2 Flutes in C major, RV 533 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor: Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
Period: Baroque
4. Magnificat in G minor, RV 611 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor: Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
Period: Baroque
5. Ostro picta in D major, RV 642 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Shannon Mercer (Soprano)
Conductor: Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
Period: Baroque
6. Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Sophie Larivière (Recorder), Matthias Maute (Recorder)
Conductor: Matthias Maute
Period: Baroque
7. Magnificat in G minor, RV 610 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor: Matthias Maute
Period: Baroque
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