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|1. "Ostro picta, armata spina" - Allegro Monica Piccinini|
|2. "Sic transit vana et brevis gloria mundi"- recitative Monica Piccinini|
|3. "Linguis favete" - Allegro Monica Piccinini|
|4. Gloria RV589 [Gloria a 4] "Gloria in excelsis Deo" - Allegro|
|5. "Et in terra pax hominibus" - Andante|
|6. "Laudamus te" - Allegro Anna Simboli, Alena Dantcheva|
|7. "Gratias agimus tibi - Propter magnam gloriam tuam" - Adagio - Allegro|
|8. "Domine Deus Rex caelestis" - Largo Anna Simboli, Nicholas Robinson|
|9. "Domine Fili Unigenite" - Allegro|
|10. "Domine Deus Agnus Dei" - Adagio Sara Mingardo|
|11. "Qui tollis peccata mundi" - Adagio|
|12. "Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris" - Allegro Sara Mingardo|
|13. "Quoniam tu solus sanctus" - [Allegro]|
|14. "Cum sancto spiritu" - [Allegro]|
|15. Gloria RV588 [Introduzione al Gloria ad alto solo] "Jubilate o ameni Chori" - Allegro Sara Mingardo|
|16. "In tan solemni pompa" - recitative Sara Mingardo|
|17. "Sonoro modulamine" - Allegro Sara Mingardo|
|18. "Et in terra pax hominibus" - Largo|
|19. "Laudamus te" - Allegro Monica Piccinini, Lia Serafini|
|20. "Gratias agimus tibi" - Adagio|
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The all-star soloist line-up is headed by contralto Sara Mingardo, "one of the richest voices before the public today" (Gramophone, July 2009). Don't miss the stunning "Domine Deus Agnus Dei" from Gloria RV589. The recording presents two major sacred works by Vivaldi: the celebrated Gloria RV589 and the much rarer RV588. The recording also features a work recorded only four times in recording history: the 'Ostro Picta' introduction, that Rinaldo has chosen to associate with the Gloria RV589.
Sara Mingardo (contralto), Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini (conductor)
This album is part of the project, and features two Vivaldi Glorias, plus an introductory motet. RV589 is so well known that it tends to be called ‘the’ Vivaldi Gloria; RV588, on the other hand, is rarely performed. They were composed around the same time in the early 1700s, which was a fascinating time for sacred music. With the opera genre flourishing, audiences were beginning to expect church music to live up to the expressive, theatrical music they heard at the opera house – no more plainchant or unaccompanied polyphony. These Glorias neatly reflect the change in style.
The introductory motet, Ostro Picta, has only been recorded four times before. With two superb arias by Monica Piccinini, it’s a cheery, zesty appetiser-of-sorts to Gloria RV589, which immediately follows. This version is very speedy – Alessandrini’s trademark style – but, I think, wonderful for it. The highlight of the whole disc is the famous opening Gloria in Excelsis Deo, performed at high-octane speed. Too often this work can descend into dull turgidity – here it crackles with excitement and tension throughout.
Gloria RV588 is a very different work. It’s less theatrical, and for that reason it’s likely to have been written earlier than RV589; it’s also, sadly, rather less interesting. However, the performance is an even and expressive one – it runs at a cracking pace, too – and worth listening to alone for solos by Sara Mingardo, whose rich yet light voice is perfect for this music.
Vivaldi is, to coin a phrase, like soufflé – easily too light, or too stodgy, and either way falling completely flat. This album happily avoids such pitfalls, with a performance that celebrates the rich drama and excitement of Vivaldi while maintaining a lightness of touch throughout. In short, this is Vivaldi as it should be. --Katie Greening
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