Would that I had more stars to grant than five!
John E. Riutta | Scappoose, Oregon United States | 01/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This recording! This splendid recording! Marvelous. Special praise is given to the no less than angelic "In Furore Iustissimae Irae" and the "Laudate Pueri" as sung by Ms. Bott. I have listened to it at least five times today and it is spectacular each and every time. We don't often have the opportunity to hear many of the vocal works of Vivaldi, save the occasional performance of the Magnificat, and the bits and pieces recorded by Ms. Bartolli (and those are difficult to listen to as they seem selected for their vocal "fireworks" more than their sublime beauty), so such a recording as this is an especially welcome discovery.But then no less can be expected from such an eminent label as Chandos' Chaconne. Long revered for their dedication to publishing high quality recordings of works that, while not necessarily always the best known works, are always superb. (Sadly, in this age of rampant acquisition and its subsequent drive toward mediocrity, the same cannot be said of some of the other formerly independent and formerly great classical labels.)"
A wholehearted performance thus recommendation
fCh | GMT-5, USA | 05/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"when it's harder and harder to make sense of the discographic deluge i was attracted by the idea of vivaldi for soprano and quartet as offered by this cd. the delightful viola-like sound coming out from the soprano (ms. bott) (closely intertwined) with the violin(s) create a sublime act of music and a great collector's choice. something similar is to be found in the cd "morimur" where the german professor helga thoene observed that "ciaccona" from bach's partita in D minor for solo violin was was "built around various chorale themes hidden in the music." pappen (violin) and hilliard were the protagonists. or, for the jazz/world music lovers, jan garbarek (sax) and the hilliar enssamble deliver another musical feast where human voice(s) and musical intsruments come together seamlessly as in the cd "officium.""