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Vivaldi; Sacred Music Box set


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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (31 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Newton Classics
  • ASIN: B004FWZ5L8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For many years after his death, Vivaldis vast output of sacred music lay silent and forgotten until Alberto Gentili tracked down an incredible 27 volumes of manuscripts in the 1920s. These volumes contained motets, movements of Masses, the oratorio Juditha triumphans, psalm settings and Marian antiphons. These works ranged from short single-movement works to larger-scale compositions with twelve or more sections. One of the most famous works unearthed by Gentili was the Gloria. Today, this work is as popular as The Four Seasons and is among Vivaldis best-known music. The Gloria, like much of the sacred music by Vivaldi, is easily accessible, like his famous concertos. The music has a very human spirituality nothing mystic, just a desire to explain the text in a clear pictorial way. Much of Vivaldis sacred music was written for the Ospedale della Pietà, a state-funded foundlings home for girls, where he became music director after his ordination in 1703. His writing focused almost entirely on instrumental music, especially concertos, when the choirmaster Francesco Gasparini went on leave and failed to return. Vivaldi was asked to help out, and the results can be heard on these seven CDs. This set is a must-have for those who love Vivaldis music and wish to explore beyond the famous concertos.

Review

This is a radiant, joyful piece of virtuoso writing for the voice. With its many subtle contrasts and vivid word-painting, it seems to me to sit comfortably atop the Vivaldi solo sacred music tree along with the Stabat Mater and Nisi Dominus. There are no weak links in this beautiful, often exhilarating piece and listeners will not, by and large, be disappointed by the performance. Dawson and Zádori are at an advantage, perhaps, in singing the music at a lower Baroque pitch, but even so Marshall hits her high notes and there is no shortage of them dependably and with panache. --Gramophone, April 1992

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 19 July 2012
This is a reissue of parts of a set of recordings from the 1970s (and some from 1990) first released as a set in 1998 as part of Philips's Vivaldi Edition. It contains some of Vivaldi's sacred music for solo voice and for which together make up some of Vivaldi's very finest work which is often exciting, often wonderfully beautiful and always deeply satisfying, although important pieces from the original edition like Stabat Mater, Nulla in mundo pax sincera and Juditha Triumphans are missing here.

The musicians and singers here are excellent, many of them real stars like Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and so on and Negri is a fine conductor, but for me this set hasn't aged very well. The style of performance feels very out of kilter with what I want in baroque music, with a lot of vibrato and rather grand romantic gestures, and it lacks the supple spring in the step this music often needs. I far prefer the simple, limpid loveliness of Emma Kirkby with Christopher Hogwood - also from the 1970s but far ahead in ideas of performance ( eg. Vivaldi : Gloria (Nulla in mundo pax sincera)).

None of this is helped by the recording, which is set in often very resonant acoustics with the choir sounding distant from the microphones so that they have a rather turgid, indistinct air which saps some of the power and zing from pieces like the Gloria in D.

This set certainly has its moments - some of the singing is fabulous and Olga Hegedus's cello playing is wonderful, for example. It's by no means terrible, but to me it doesn't do justice to a wonderful body of music.
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By Gabri on 1 Jun. 2013
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If you love Vivaldi's sacred music I suggest to buy this box. Many years ago my father bought the LP version, then my uncle bought the cd version in jewel case. In this moment I'm listening to this new box version. I also have the Robert King and Michel Corboz boxes, but the Vittorio Negri's one is a "must"!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A set which hasn't aged well 19 July 2012
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
This is a reissue of parts of a set of recordings from the 1970s (and some from 1990) first released as a set in 1998 as part of Philips's Vivaldi Edition. It contains some of Vivaldi's sacred music for solo voice and for which together make up some of Vivaldi's very finest work which is often exciting, often wonderfully beautiful and always deeply satisfying, although important pieces from the original edition like Stabat Mater, Nulla in mundo pax sincera and Juditha Triumphans are missing here.

The musicians and singers here are excellent, many of them real stars like Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and so on and Negri is a fine conductor, but for me this set hasn't aged very well. The style of performance feels very out of kilter with what I want in baroque music, with a lot of vibrato and rather grand romantic gestures, and it lacks the supple spring in the step this music often needs. I far prefer the simple, limpid loveliness of Emma Kirkby with Christopher Hogwood - also from the 1970s but far ahead in ideas of performance ( eg. Vivaldi : Gloria (Nulla in mundo pax sincera)).

None of this is helped by the recording, which is set in often very resonant acoustics with the choir sounding distant from the microphones so that they have a rather turgid, indistinct air which saps some of the power and zing from pieces like the Gloria in D.

This set certainly has its moments - some of the singing is fabulous and Olga Hegedus's cello playing is wonderful, for example. It's by no means terrible, but to me it doesn't do justice to a wonderful body of music. At this budget price it may be a good way to get to know some of this great music, but for enduring performances I'd look to Robert King's set Antonio Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music [Box Set], Andreas Scholl's great discs (Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus and Stabat Mater) and people like Kirkby and Hogwood. Only a lukewarm recommendation, I'm afraid.
Five Stars 12 Aug. 2014
By lyle behrends - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful recording, it will be painting background music. Just lovely.
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