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George Guest, Stephen Cleobury, Philip Ledger - Vivaldi: Glorias, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat, Beatus Vir (1994)

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George Guest, Stephen Cleobury, Philip Ledger - Vivaldi: Glorias, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat, Beatus Vir (1994)

George Guest, Stephen Cleobury, Philip Ledger, Wren Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Vivaldi: Glorias, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat, Beatus Vir (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 589 Mb | Total time: 57:44+68:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 443 455-2 | Recorded: 1976, 1981, 1986

Vivaldi's sacred music is not so famous as that of his contemporaries Bach and Handel, so this is a bargain opportunity to catch up. You might think Vivaldi's playful, virtuoso Italianate character and Catholic context would produce radically different music, but in George Guest's urgent readings, the mixture of restrainedly exultant choruses and austerely beautiful arias are near-identical to Bach.
The opening movement of the second 'Gloria', with its swirling violins and temperately joyous trumpet and winds, is one of the most celebrated pieces of Baroque music; nothing here quite equals it, but there is a haunting, echoing quality to some of the slower movements at odds with the generally celebratory form.
Stephen Cleobury achieves that in his direction which produces often sparkling results. The English Chamber Orchestra respond admirably to the richly varied character of what are two of Vivaldi's most impressive vocal compositions in due con. Aspects of these readings Cleobury's unfailingly effective choice of tempos and the importance which he attaches to clean ensemble and transparent textures. There is, in short, an invigorating freshness and enthusiasm about the singing and playing which bring the music to life very naturally. The "Paratum cor eius" of Beatus vir is a fine example of Cleobury's choral direction at its most convincing; but there are strong solo contributions as well, with some notably clear articulation from Ian Partridge in the "Peccator videbit" of the same work.
The digital recording is clear and picks up not only plenty of nuances in the performances themselves, but also captures the unique acoustic of King's College Chapel. All in all, a sparkling account of Vivaldi's music in which only those with the most tenaciously held prejudices concerning baroque performance practice will find no pleasure.
– Gramophone

Performer:
CD1:
Patrizia Kwella, soprano
Lynda Russell, soprano
Anne Wilkens, mezzo-soprano
Kenneth Bowen, tenor
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
Wren Orchestra
Conductor - George Guest
CD2:
Peter Castle, treble
Michael Cockerham, alto
Andrew King, tenor
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor - Philip Ledger
Isobel Buchanan, soprano
Jennifer Smith, soprano
Helen Watts, alto
Ian Partridge, tenor
John Shirley-Quirk, baritone
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge
English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor - Stephen Cleobury

Track List:
CD1:
Gloria in D major, RV 588
01. Gloria in excelsis Deo
02. Et in terra pax hominibus
03. Laudamus te
04. Gratias agimus tibi
05. Domine Deus
06. Domine Fili Unigenite
07. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
08. Qui tollis peccata mundi
09. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
10. Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
11. Cum Sancto Spiritu
Gloria in D major, RV 589
12. Gloria in excelsis Deo
13. Et in terra pax hominibus
14. Laudamus te
15. Gratias agimus tibi
16. Propter magnam gloriam
17. Domine Deus
18. Domine Fili Unigenite
19. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
20. Qui tollis peccata mundi
21. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
22. Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
23. Cum Sancto Spiritu
CD2:
Magnificat, RV 610
01. Magnificat…Et exultavit
02. Et misericordia…Timentibus Eius
03. Fecit potentiam…Deposuit potentes
04. Esurientes implevit…divites dimisit inanes
05. Suscepit Israel…Sicut locutus est
06. Gloria patri…sicut erat…amen
Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), RV 594
07. Allegro: Dixit Dominus
08. Largo: Donec ponam
09. Allegro: Virgam virtutis tuae
10. Andante: Tecum principium
11. Adagio - Allegro: Juravit
12. Allegro: Dominus a dextris tuis
13. Largo - Allegro molto: Judicabit
14. Andante: De torrente
15. Allegro: Gloria Patri
16. Allegro: Sicut erat
Beatus Vir (Psalm 111), RV 597
17. Allegro: Beatus vir
18. Allegro non molto: Potens in terra/ Allegro (antifonia): Beatus vir
19. Allegro: Gloria et divitiae
20. Andante molto: Exortum est
21. Allegro: Jucundus homo/ Allegro (Antifonia): Beatus vir
22. Andante molto: In memoria aeterna/ Allegro (Antifonia): Beatus vir
23. Allegro: Paratum cor
24. Largo - Presto: Peccator videbit/ Allegro (Antifonia): Beatus vir
25. Allegro: Gloria Patri


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George Guest, Stephen Cleobury, Philip Ledger - Vivaldi: Glorias, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat, Beatus Vir (1994)