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VIVALDI, A.: Sacred Music, Vol. 3 (Aradia Ensemble)

Composer(s):Vivaldi, Antonio
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredConcertosVocal
Catalogue 8.570445
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Vivaldi’s sacred music occupies a place of honour in his vast output, dovetailing passages of great tenderness and sombre beauty, rich in cantabile expressiveness, with highly operatic movements of colourful and exciting virtuosity. Volume 3 of the complete sacred music features the final and expanded version of Vivaldi’s G minor setting of the Magnificat, his setting of the Vespers Psalm 126, Nisi Dominus, with its strongly characterized instrumental accompaniment, and the dramatic yet poignant Roman motet, In furore iustissimae irae (In the fury of most righteous anger Thou showest thy divine power).


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,October 2008

In the plethora of Vivaldi’s sacred music, there are no losers. The man was simply incapable of writing anything that was not at least lovely. So it’s good to have this third disc of the complete sacred works. Kevin Mallon—like Vivaldi, in a way—is unable to produce anything that is not lovely. Moreover, at a generous 74 minutes, this is a real value—and what sound!

Review By David Denton, Naxos,September 2008

Though Vivadi’s church music played a respected place in his vast output, it was largely composed out of a matter of duty, and provided little financial reward to fund his lavish lifestyle.The Magnificat, that opens this new disc, is a case in point, for he was to adapt it in different guises to save writing new works for subsequent religious celebrations. It probably started life in 1715, and was to undergo three changes before he finally offered it to the Ospedale della Pieta in 1739. Not that it was an extended score in its final format, none of the ten sections lasting more than three minutes. I find more to enjoy in the charm of the brief Salva Regina (RV 617) and the unusual harmonies heard in the Nisi Dominus (RV 608). Bothare scored for solo



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