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Vivaldi: Sacred Edition, Vol. 4 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gorgeous performance of seven sacred Vivaldi works! This recording of vocal works by Antonio Vivaldi features Claire de Sevigne (soprano) and Maria Soulis (mezzo-soprano) performing with the Aradio Ensemble under the direction of Kevin Mallon. And my goodness, do the singers and members of the Ensemble sound fantastic! The recording opens with “In turbato mare irato” (RV 627), and it starts off spritely and energetic. Ms. Sevigne’s soaring soprano is a perfect match for this music, and the Aradio Ensemble plays with a vigor and zest for life that is also a perfect match. “In exitu Israel” (RV 604) is next, and it is a delightful 3 minutes and 29 seconds of emotional and vocal energy. Ms. Soulis’ rich, dark mezzo-soprano is featured next in “Vestro Principi divino” (RV 633), and the work is warm sweeping in the Baroque style that this listener is particularly fond of, finishing in a fitting series of hallelujah’s. Next is the short “Laudate Dominum” (RV 606), a short choral work featuring violin accompaniment and the chorus itself in fine voice. Ms. Soulis returns with “Invicti bellate” (RV 628), her voice and the strings lending the work extra suppleness, strength, and vigor. I am particularly fond of the section of the piece that begins at Track 14 (“Dux aeterne Jesu care”), the middle strings and downward pitch of the accompaniment imparting a deliberate formal nobility to the work. The chorus returns for “Laetatus sum” (RV 607), which leads into the final work on the recording, “O qui coeli terraeque serenitas” (RV 631), a delightful back-and-forth piece with Baroque accompaniment and Ms. Sevigne’s bright wonderful voice. The Aradia Ensemble, founded in 1999 by conductor Kevin Mallon, sounds superb throughout this all digital recording. The sound is crisp and warm, and there is joy in the performance of these pieces. The material, not often heard live (at least, not here in the United States) is a feast for the ears. The liner notes give the English text of the libretto, as well as background Antonio Vivaldi’s life, the conductor, the ensemble, and the two soloists. This recording, on the Naxos label, has spent more than a few hours both in my car and my home stereo system. If music of the Baroque, and particularly Antonio Vivaldi, is of interest then the performances contained herein may turn it into a passion. Very Highly Recommended!