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Vivaldi: Stabat Mater; Nisi Dominus /Daniels Europa Galante Biondi [CD]

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  • Audio CD (14 Jan 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005A9NJ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] For Contralto And Strings RV 608: Nisi DominusDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] For Contralto And Strings RV 608: Vanum Est VobisDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] For Contralto And Strings RV 608: Surgite Postquam SederitisDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] For Contralto And Strings RV 608: Cum Dederit DilectisDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] For Contralto And Strings RV 608: Sicut SagittaeDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] For Contralto And Strings RV 608: Beatus VirDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] For Contralto And Strings RV 608: Gloria PatriDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] For Contralto And Strings RV 608: Sicut EratDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] For Contralto And Strings RV 608: AmenDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stabat Mater: Stabat Mater DolorosaDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stabat Mater: Cujus AnimamDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Stabat Mater: O Quam TristisDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Stabat Mater: Quis Est HomoDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Stabat Mater: Quis Non PossetDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Stabat Mater: Pro PeccatisDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] for contralto and strings RV 608: Gloria PatriDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 5:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Stabat Mater: Fac Ut ArdeatDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] for contralto and strings RV 608: AmenDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 1:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Longe Mala, Umbrae, Terrores: Motet For Contralto And Strings RV629: Longe Mala, Umbrae, TerroresDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Longe Mala, Umbrae, Terrores: Motet For Contralto And Strings RV629: Recedite, Nubes Et FulguraDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi0:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Longe Mala, Umbrae, Terrores: Motet For Contralto And Strings RV629: Descende, O Coeli VoxDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 7:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Longe Mala, Umbrae, Terrores: Motet For Contralto And Strings RV629: AlleluiaDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 2:170.99  Buy MP3 


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Anyone familiar with Vivaldi only through his innumerable concertos (which are, unjustly, often accused of sounding alike) will be surprised by this recording. Vivaldi, in fact, composed a lot of vocal music, both sacred and secular, and wrote for voices no less skilfully than for instruments. The three works presented here, for alto, solo strings and organ, are utterly beautiful and completely different in character, mood and feeling.

The "Stabat Mater" is most substantial. Alternating recitatives and arias, often framed by instrumental ritornellos, it is heartbreakingly mournful, but ends peacefully before closing with a whole aria on "Amen". The other two works are real bravura pieces for the singer. They cover an enormous range and are full of florid coloratura passages and wide leaps. "Nisi Dominus" is very dramatic, with mysterious chromatic lines and big climaxes; "Longe mala" goes from defiant vehemence through fervent entreaty to serene resignation.

The performances are fabulous. David Daniels's voice has a pure, unearthly beauty and is perfectly even in quality across a huge range. Every note is meticulously placed and in tune, his breath control is incredible, his stylistic and emotional identification with the music complete. The musicians of Europa Galante support him splendidly, not as an accompanying group, but as true partners, playing with a lovely sound, imaginative ornamentation, and great expressiveness. The record's only flaw is that Daniels's breathing is clearly audible; he must have stood too close to the microphone. --Edith Eisler


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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly singing from David Daniels. 12 Jan 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I was very lucky to attend a concert last night with David Daniels and Europa Galante, conducted by Fabio Biondi, where they performed one of the pieces on this CD, Longe Mala, umbrae terrores. I must admit having heard David in mostly opera (both in concert and on CD) I was quite exited by the prospect of him singing sacred music, and he did not disappoint. His glorious voice was warm and he managed to sing the piece with such conviction. I bought the CD after the concert and have played it several times since then. What I find different from this recording of the Stabat Mater, RV 621 and the Nisi Dominus, RV 608,(I have no other recordings of the last piece, Longe Mala, umbrae terrores, RV 629) compared to other recordings sung by countertenors, is that David Daniels voice is of such warmth and the range of it is just amazing, both the upper and lower register. The Stabat Mater is such a beautiful piece of music (try track 1, Stabat Mater dolorosa and track 8, Fac ut ardeat) and David voice fills the piece with such warmth and beauty, but still able to convey the sadness of the piece. The Nisi Dominus is slightly different in mood, but still sung with the same intensity and beauty. Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi gives exellent support throughout the CD. Is there anyone with a more natural sounding and glorious voice on the countertenor scene today then I would like to know about them. This recording is a first class example of David Daniels voice and would be my top recommendation for these works by Vivaldi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful triple bill, exquisitely sung 14 April 2014
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
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A recent BBC Radio 3 CD Review praised this recording but did not ultimately recommend it as first choice because the reviewer found David Daniels to be too expressive and Romantic in his interpretation of the text. Likewise, another of my favourite recordings of the "Stabat Mater", which I have also recently reviewed, was praised but then dismissed because it is sung by a female voice, Sara Mingardo.

These things are very personal and of course any reviewer may express a preference but I would counter the reasons for those exclusion with three points: 1) Vivaldi was equally used to writing for and working with both female voices and countertenors (or even castrati), as he alternated between the Ospedale della Pietà, the orphanage for girls where he was maestro di coro and churches who invited the greatest male falsettists to perform liturgical music; 2) Vivaldi was quite severely constrained by the terms of the commission from the Oratorians, who stipulated (and here I paraphrase from the booklet essay by Toussaint Loviko) that he should set only the first half of the text, that the music should be "thematically economical and keep as close as possible to homotonality" and that movements IV to VI should be musically almost identical to movements 1 to II for reasons of "coherence and humility"; obviously this restricted the composer's s cope and any variety Daniels injects should surely be welcome; 3) what does it matter what voice-type is singing as long as it is stylistically apt and beautiful?

And Daniels' voice is certainly that; it really is a modern miracle of warmth, tenderness and expressivity. He can encompass coloratura, melismata and great, long-breathed runs with ease.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, with some reservations 30 April 2014
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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I am largely in agreement with Ralph Moore's very good review here - this is a fine recording of all three of these pieces. However, I do tend a little more toward the Radio 3 reviewer's point of view in the Stabat Mater itself.

David Daniels is a superb singer and Fabio Biondi an excellent and original interpreter of whatever he chooses to record, so I was expecting great things here. I certainly got them in Nisi Dominus, which is magnificent - and the brief movement Beatus vir is quite spine-tingling, I think. I did find the Stabat Mater a little on the light side, though. I approve of Biondi's approach to Vivaldi (and to many other composers), which is often to have a real spring in the step but to play the music as though it really means something. Here, I felt the meaning was slightly subordinated to the springiness. It's certainly possible to overdo the agonized grief, but this is a poem about a mother weeping by her son's cruelly tortured dead body, so it does need a certain amount of gravitas which at times I felt was slightly lacking here. Add to this Daniels' (to me) rather excessive use of vibrato for this repertoire and it fell a little short of the real, moving experience this piece can be.

These are personal responses which other reviewers here plainly don't share, so I wouldn't want to put anyone off. Much of the disc is terrific, it is beautifully recorded and very well presented and it has given great pleasure to many people. For me, though, I will be sticking to my much-loved Andreas Scholl/Chiara Banchini recording. Vivaldi: Stabat Mater
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