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From Monteverdi to Vivaldi

Virgin 62167

Venetian Church Music

  • Claudio Monteverdi:
  • Dixit Dominus à 8
  • Confitebor tibi à 3
  • Beatus vir à 6
  • Laudate pueri à 5
  • Laudate Dominum à 5
  • Deus tuorum militum à 5
  • Magnificat à 8
  • Jubilet
  • Salve regina à 5
  • Adoramus te, Christe à 6
  • Madrigali guerrieri e amorosi
  • Altri canti di Marte
  • Ninfa, che scalza il piede
  • Chi vol haver felice
  • Hor che 'l ciel
  • Lamento della ninfa
  • Altri canti d'Amor
  • Exulta, filia Sion, Currite populi, Christe, adoramus te
  • Su, pastorelli vezzosi
  • Vago augelletto
  • Ballo: Volgendo il ciel
  • Giovanni Gabrieli:
  • Intonatione del Nono Tono
  • In ecclesiis à 14
  • Canzon VIII à 8
  • Fuga del Nono Tono
  • Magnificat à 14
  • Alessandro Grandi: O quam tu pulchra es
  • Dario Castello: Sonata seconda
  • Giovanni Legrenzi: Sonata da chiesa à 3 'La Bevilaqua'
  • Antonio Lotti:
  • Crucifixus à 6
  • Crucifixus à 10
  • Antonio Vivaldi:
  • Le quattro stagioni (RV 269, 293, 297 & 315)
  • Concerto for 4 solo violins, viola & continuo RV 553
  • Sinfonia for strings & continuo RV 146
  • Concerto alla rustica for strings & continuo RV 151
  • Gloria & Magnificat
  • Gloria RV 589
  • Sinfonia 'al Santo Sepolcro' RV 169
  • Laetatus sum RV 607
  • Magnificat RV 610b
  • Laudate Dominum omnes gentes RV 606
  • Sonata 'al Santo Sepolcro' RV 130
  • In exitu Israël RV 604
  • Clarae stellae, scintillate
Taverner Consort, Choir & Players/Andrew Parrott
Virgin Classics 562167-2 5CDs 321mins
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This boxed set disappointed upon opening the slim booklet, because there are no texts, just a couple of pages of historical notes. But what can you reasonably expect at super-budget price? My answer is that web purchasers should begin to demand access to the original notes with, hopefully, texts and translations available on the Internet, paper production being prohibitively costly, so we are assured.

But to the music. These are lively, well recorded performances of great baroque music, by leading specialist period players and singers of the decade 1982-1992, many of them still active. For a website review, one does not lightly embark on a comparative review of the multitude of recordings of The Four Seasons. If, like me, you don't own one, this will do very nicely, shared between four violinists (amongst them Elisabeth Wallfisch, one of my favourite baroque fiddlers) who all join together in a Vivaldi concerto for four violins.

The Monteverdi selection covers some glorious music, and Emma Kirkby, Rogers Covey-Crump, Nigel Rogers and David Thomas are names to conjure with, all in their prime and in fine form. Andrew Parrott's direction of his Taverner team is sprightly and idiomatic, and based on scholarly research.

With sacred and secular works by Monteverdi and Vivaldi, and additional works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Legrenzi, Lotti and Grandi, marvellous music that flourished in Venice in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, you really can't go wrong.

Recommended for readers who watch their pennies, as most of us must.

Copyright © 2003, Peter Grahame Woolf

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