Ex Cathedra - Vivaldi: Vespers

VIVALDI Vespers

Ex Cathedra Choir & Baroque Ensemble
Jeffrey Skidmore
conductor
Helen Groves soprano
Nigel Short alto
Ruth Gleave alto
Paul Agnew tenor

ALC 1176
69’51

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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) remains best known as a composer of virtuosic instrumental music, particularly in the form of concertos like The Four Seasons. This CD, first released in 1991 and now available once again, demonstrates that Vivaldi’s large-scale sacred choral music is equally stunning.

REVIEWS FOR ‘Vivaldi Vespers’:

‘the solemnly but eloquently expressive F minor Stabat Mater (RV621) provides a fine vehicle for the hauntingly pure voice of  countertenor Nigel Short…. Ex Cathedra’s singing is excellent, by turns graceful and energetic, and the standard is fully matched by the crisply articulate period-instrument orchestra.’  (The Times)

‘The Birmingham group’s clear Baroque skills and their sense of Vivaldi’s shifting liturgical moods are both wholly satisfying and immensely comforting throughout… achieving a finely-judged balance and immediate buoyancy…. Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater features the excellently contemplative alto Nigel Short. Here his delivery is gentle yet unobtrusively colourful….  In sum, these lovely Vespers deserve the highest praise and already they stand alongside my most treasured recent discs.’ (CD Review)

‘an attractive range of pieces in spirited and vital performances, stylistically performed yet also exciting and fresh … surely one of the finer recordsings available notwithstanding the distinction of rival artists.’ (Laudate)

‘the sheer vitality of the singing and playing, and the evident affection in which Vivaldi’s music is held by all those taking part.  Singers and players respond to the music with sensibility and secure techniques ‘ (Gramophone)

TRACK LISTING:

1. Domine ad adiuvandum me festina (RV593)
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2. Gloria Patri et Filio
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3. Sicut erat in principio
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4. Beatus vir (RV597)
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5. Potens in terra
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6. Gloria et divitiae
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7. Exortum est
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8. Jucundus homo
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9. In memoria aeterna
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10. Paratum cor eius
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11. Peccator videbit
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12. Gloria Patri et Filio
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13. Stabat Mater (RV621)
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14. Cuius animam
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15. O quam tristis
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16. Quis est homo
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17. Quis non posset
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18. Pro peccatis
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19. Eja Mater
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20. Fac ut ardeat
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21. Amen
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22. Magnificat (RV610)
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23. Et exultavit
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24. Et misericordia
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25. Fecit potentiam
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26. Deposuit potentes de sede
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27. Esurientes implevit bonis
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28. Suscepit Israel
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29. Sicut locutus est
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30. Gloria Patri et Filio
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