Antonio Vivaldi,The King's Consort - Sacred Music 8

Thursday 1st May 2003
Antonio Vivaldi,The King's Consort - Sacred Music 8
Antonio Vivaldi,The King's Consort - Sacred Music 8

STYLE: Classical
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Hyperion CDA66826

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

This reviewer knew that Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741) was a priest but had no idea that he had written so much sacred vocal music but yet here we are at volume eight of this series. In over an hour of wonderful music we are treated to “Sum in media tempestatum”, “Laudate pueri”, "Cur sagittas, cur tela”, “Sanctorum meritas”, and “Salve Regina”. The King's Consort, conducted by Robert King, has made more than 75 recordings for Hyperion and, as one listens to this performance, one can easily understand why. The soloists, Susan Gritton (soprano), Tuva Semmingsen (mezzo) and Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto), are all in splendid voice. The notes by Michael Talbot are well worth reading and all texts are provided, with translations.

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