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Vivaldi - The Complete Sacred Works Box set

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  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00000DUE7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 305 tracks over 11 CDs - Antonio Vivaldi

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Susan Gritton, Lisa Milne, Catherine Denley, Lynton Atkinson, Deborah York, Joyce Didonato, Nathalie Stutzmann, Charles Daniels... - Chœur & orchestre du King's Consort, dir. Robert King

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For King's sterling service to the Vivaldian cause,one of his most important and satisfying recording projects to date,I am thankful. --Gramophone

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 22 July 2012
This is a fantastic box. It comprises the ten volumes (11 CDs in all) of Vivaldi's complete sacred music recorded by The King's Consort between 1994 and 2003. The music itself is fabulous; in my view it is in these works especially that Vivaldi's greatness shines most brightly. It has wonderful variety from the beautiful and solemn to the joyfully vigorous, and Vivaldi's gift for melody and harmonic creativity runs through every piece.

The performances are unfailingly excellent. The discs are littered with star soloists - James Bowman, Robin Blaze, Catherine Denley, Michael George, Sarah Connolly, Joyce Didonato... the list goes on and on and they give the excellent performances one would expect. The instrumentalists and chorus are equally good and the whole thing is beautifully judged, with real weight and gravitas when needed and a delightful suppleness and spring in the step for the livelier parts.

As with any large set, there will be parts which you like more than others (I've never been crazy about Juditha Triumphans, for example) and, like me, you may already have favourite versions of some of these works. These certainly won't depose people like Emma Kirkby and Andreas Scholl in my affections but they are top quality performances and there is also stuff here which I've never come across elsewhere, all of it excellent, and you simply can't go wrong with this box.

In short this is a magnificent set. It is quite an investment, but it will give you a lifetime of pleasure and I recommend it very warmly.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Hayes on 6 Sept. 2010
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Not just the finest recordings of baroque choral music, but one of the finest classic recordings full stop. Featured King's Consort soloists are beyond outstanding. Music and voices flawlessly performed, superb recording quality: 13+ hours of transcendental beauty. Hugely recommended!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vespone on 29 Jan. 2010
Absolutely outstanding. One of the best recordings I have in my collection of baroque music. Vivaldi's sacred works are fascinating. Performaces and interpretation are absolutely "super". Every fan of baroque music should have this in his/her collection.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By a nice guy who likes reading on 3 May 2012
Rarely have I heard music of such beauty. Movement after movement, piece after piece, Vivaldi's abilities as a composer of beautiful melodies and harmonies really astonish me. However, I would highly recommend buying each individual release rather than this 11 CD boxed set. That is because the accompanying notes are really very brief. The track listing (on the back of each CD) needs to be consulted, compared with the (slightly difficult to follow) booklet and by the time you've done that the movement is over... Not much of a problem after you've listened to each piece enough times to know it by heart (which you will), but annoying enough to consider buying each individual release.
There is very little information about each piece, about when it was composed, about why it was written... This strikes me as slightly annoying because the music is so nice that I want to know more.
Performances are absolutely top-notch, sound quality is absolutely first rate.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ALAN OATES on 12 Dec. 2014
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