The star attraction here is Vivaldi's beautiful setting of the Vespers psalm Niski Dominus (RV 608). This… is sung with warm-toned sensibility by Lynne McMurtry. --BBC MUSIC
Vivaldi - Sacred Music Volume 3
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings in D minor RV 129 'Madrigalesco'
Vivaldi: In furore iustissimae irae, RV626
Vivaldi: Kyrie, RV587
Vivaldi: Magnificat, RV611
Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), RV608
Vivaldi: Salve Regina, RV 617
Lynn McMurtry (mezzo-soprano), Carla Huhtanen (soprano), Eve Rachel McLeod (soprano), Lynn McMurtry (mezzo-soprano) & Jennifer Enns Modolo (mezzo-soprano)
Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon
Vivaldi’s sacred music occupies a place of honour in his vast output, dovetailing passages of great tenderness and sombre beauty, rich in cantabile expressiveness, with highly operatic movements of colourful and exciting virtuosity.
Volume 3 of the complete sacred music features the final and expanded version of Vivaldi’s G minor setting of the Magnificat, his setting of the Vespers Psalm 126, Nisi Dominus, with its strongly characterized instrumental accompaniment, and the dramatic yet poignant Roman motet, In furore iustissimae irae (In the fury of most righteous anger Thou showest thy divine power).