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|Matteo Bellotto, Antonio Vivaldi, Anonymous|
Vivaldi: Vespri Solenni per la Festa dell'Assunzione di Maria Vergine (Extracts) [Hybrid SACD]
Genres: Pop, Classical
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Sublime and Fiesty
earsonic | australia | 04/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an "reconstructed " performance of a set of vespers for the Assumption of the Virgin.The informative booklet article puts the interpretation into context,the church as theater,and this recording is operatic in scope and perfomance.
The music may be familiar to some Vivaldi enthusiasts,the "Nisi Dominus" and "Lauda Jerusalem" in particular. Robert King's intelligent and considered interpretations have eloquently argued the case for Vivaldi's sacred choral music in the past.Here we have quite a different kettle of fish.
The recording also features a couple of concerti,which contrast beautifully with the vocal pieces.As for the perfomances,they at once spiritual and spirited.Sara Mingardo's velvety contralto
is a highlight,moving and sensual in the Nisi Dominus "Cum Dederit" and faultless throughout the whole psalm.The other soloists have every reason to be proud of their work.If you are a fan of Baroque opera,then you must hear the spectacular vocal acrobatics and lovely quieter moments on this recording.
Italian spirit is much in evidence,the tempi brisk without breathlessness, leisurely when appropriate, piano and forte contrasted to great effect.
Alessandrini and his team of skilled instrumentalists and vocalists sound as if they enjoy performing this music, bringing new energy to Vivaldi's scores,which in lesser hands can sound a mite tedious. No chance of that here.A wonderful recorded sound adds to the joys of this set."