Vivaldi - Sacred Music Volume 4
Claire de Sevigne (soprano) & Maria Soulis (mezzo-soprano)
Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon
Vivaldi: In exitu Israel, RV 604
Vivaldi: In turbato mare irato, RV627
Vivaldi: Invicti, bellate - Mottetto per contralto, archi e continuo RV 628 in G major
Vivaldi: Laetatus sum (psalm 121), R.607
Vivaldi: Laudate Dominum, RV606
Vivaldi: O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, RV631
Vivaldi: Vestro Principi divino - Mottetto per contralto, archi e continuo RV 633 in F major
In Vivaldi’s astonishing work list there are numerous sacred choral pieces and around forty cantatas. Much of this music was written for the soloists and choir at the girls’ orphanage in Venice where he worked and taught.
The motets and psalm settings in this volume, despite being religious works intended for performance during Mass, are often strikingly operatic. Invicti bellate is a bravura setting and whilst In turbato mare irato demands a wide vocal range and the use of opera-derived melismas, all the works display Vivaldi’s vivid musical imagination and his dramatic word setting.