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  • Performer: Sara Mingardo
  • Orchestra: Concerto Italiano
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Opus 111 / Naive
  • ASIN: B002ED6VTU
  • Other Editions: Paperback  |  Sheet music
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. "Domine Deus Rex caelestis" - Largo Luca Dordolo
  22. "Domine Fili unigenite"
  23. "Domine Deus Agnus Dei" - Allegro Alena Dantcheva, Guido Campana
  24. "Qui tollis peccata mundi" - Adagio
  25. "Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris" - Largo Sara Mingardo
  26. "Quoniam tu solus sanctus" - Allegro Lia Serafini
  27. "Cum sancto spiritu" - Adagio - [Allegro]

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Award winning, world renowned conductor, Rinaldo Alessandrini with his stunning period-instrument ensemble, Concerto Italiano - about to celebrate its 25th anniversary - perform two Glorias by Vivaldi. It's their first major release for the Vivaldi Edition since 2004.

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)

BBC Review

We’re in the midst of a Vivaldian revolution at the moment. The Vivaldi Edition, a recording venture set up in 2000, is in full swing – the plan is to record the complete collection of Vivaldi manuscripts housed by the university Library in Turin by 2015. They’re about halfway through the 450 works, many of which haven’t been performed since the 18th century.

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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Conductor/musicologist Rinaldo Alessandrini has recorded the more familiar of Vivaldi's two Glorias, the one designated RV 589, the one that begins with those unforgettable bouncing octaves, at least once before. This one is with his own Concerto Italiano, which comprises both original-instruments ensemble and singers (all Italian), and it doesn't differ all that much from the one he recorded with Concerto Italiano and a French chorus, Akademia Vivaldi: Gloria Magnificat. Both versions have the fastest opening movement ('Gloria in excelsis Deo') that you are ever likely to hear. Somehow it works, although I don't know how the chorus and orchestra do it. (The 'Laudamus te' is almost as fast and its two sopranos get gold medals for making it believable at that tempo. And the chorus deserves praise for its beautiful and accurate singing in the fast 'Propter magnam gloriam tuam'.) This performance is different from the earlier version in that Alessandrini opens it with a work he has tacked on, 'Ostro picta, armata spina', which is a two aria cantata for orchestra and soprano (sung meltingly by a member of the Concerto Italiano chorus, Monica Piccinini). He offers rather tortuous reasoning for having done so, but I'm glad he did because it is simply beautiful.

But the real reason for buying this disc is the performance of the second of Vivaldi's Glorias, designated RV 588. And that's because Sara Mingardo, surely one of the most talented of any current coloratura contraltos, sings in four of its solo movements. Her chocolate-syrup voice is perfect for this music. This is not to say that the orchestra, chorus and other soloists don't do a marvelous job; they do. But it is Mingardo's contribution that makes this performance really stand out.

A strong recommendation.

Scott Morrison
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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2011
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A glorious disc indeed - the more famous Gloria RV589 alongside the much less performed but equally magnificent RV588 version with its "Jubilate" introduction. Director Rinaldo Alessandrini has tacked the motet "Ostro picta, armata spina" RV642 onto the front of the RV589 version to parallel the intro to RV588 to create an effective combination; Alessandrini believes that they are in fact connected and composed as a unit by Vivaldi, being in the same key.

Contralto Sara Mingardo is just marvellous here - always outstanding but here something else. Though she gets sole billing on the case, there are other excellent soloists here including sopranos Monica Piccinini who delivers the "Ostro picta" motet, Anna Simboli, Alena Dantcheva (hear an excellent duet between these two in the RV589 "Laudamus te") and Lia Serafini. Chorus and orchestra are to the same standard, and the sound quality is wonderful. I can't believe that there any any better recordings of these pieces around.

Play loud!

Notes in French, English & Italian. Latin texts given with French & English translations.
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This disc, well recorded in 2009, brings together Vivaldi's two settings of the Gloria which are both introduced by linked works. Alessandrini takes a characteristically swift view of these works and makes use of outstanding soloists, choir and orchestra to achieve performances that thrill.

The informative booklet notes makes the point that, in Vivaldi's time, religious works were only differentiated from operatic works by using a Latin, that is religious, text. The other musical elements such as drama and display were very similar and it was expected that visiting performers of operatic repute would be given ample opportunity to demonstrate their virtuosity within religious works.

In this case there are two singers of considerable note who are highlighted. Those are the soprano Monica Piccini who is featured in the more regularly performed Gloria RV 589 and its introductory two arias and recitative. This latter trio of pieces leads without a break into the Gloria. The other featured soloist is the contralto Sara Mingardo who is mostly featured in the earlier and less well known Gloria RV588 plus the introductory solo.

Of the two Glorias, the second is more outgoing with more opportunities for display both vocally and instrumentally. The earlier Gloria is a more subdued piece, relatively speaking. On this disc they both receive fleet performances of verve and excitement. Although it will be the second Gloria that most listeners will be familiar with, all the rest of the music on the disc is well worth hearing and will give pleasure, particularly when heard in such skilled and distinguished performances as these.

I would suggest that this disc will appeal to any collectors who enjoy the usual Gloria and, given the exhilarating approach to the works, this disc may also astound those who are more used to more sedate pacing.
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I had initially dismissed this album thinking it was a reissue of the same recording Alessandrini had made for Opus 111 over a decade ago also featuring Sara Mingardo (record companies are notorious for doing this and the Vivavldi edition has been no exception already featuring a few older recordings under new artwork). But these are entirely NEW recordings (made in March, 2009) and very fine they are. Again we get Sara Mingardo, one of the most arresting contraltos around, along with other excellent soloists such as Monica Piccinini and Anna Simboli, singers who've more than proved themselves on other Alessandrini recordings. And thanks to a well balanced recording, textures are beautifully transparent and the choralwork really imposing. These must now be the best recordings around of these works as well as being one of the best releases to so far have come out of the Vivaldi Edition and surely a serious contender for a Gramophone award!
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