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The best version of Juditha Triumphans
This is for us the best version of Juditha Triumphans ever. One that we long sought and finally found on this site - thank you ClassicsOnline - as the CD version was issued more than 20 years ago and is very difficult to find nowadays.
Unfortunately I don't have much details to give about this recording. Ferenc Szekeres conducts a very coherent Hungarian ensemble. Singers can all be praised, with a special mention to Jozsef Reti.
This version commands attention because male parts are sung by male singers, although all the more recent versions are sung only by female singers, as apparently Vivaldi wrote it. However, if this latter all-women cast can be recommended as conform to the original, it lacks the contrast and strength that powerful baritone and tenor voices give to the parts of Holofernes and Vagans.
Among the best tracks are: Arma caedes (chorus), O quam vaga (Abra), Agitata infido flatu (Holofernes), Quamvis ferro (Abra), Veni veni me sequere (Judith), O servi volate (Vagans), Mundi rector (chorus), Nox obscura (Holofernes), Non ita reducem (Juditha), and Armatae face (Vagans).more....
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VIVALDI: Juditha Triumphans