Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Dresden Sonatas

Whenever I stop to think about it I’m always amazed that despite the fact that he was so influential particularly regarding the concerto form’s development that contemporary string musicians paid so little heed to him. There’s no  "school of Vivaldi" consisting of violinists or players of other stringed instruments. The only exception to this rule…

Vivaldi – Lauda Jerusalem – Alessandrini

I wrote about this setting of Psalm 147 as part of my series of postings dealing with Vivaldi’s religious music. Here’s my description from that posting: This single-movement sett­ing of the Lauda, Jerusalem (RV609) dates from some­time dur­ing the 1720s. Vival­di set it for two choirs each of which had a sop­rano sol­o­ist, four parts,…

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Nisi Dominus RV803

This recently rediscovered work was described by Michael Talbot in his notes to it as Vivaldi’s ‘swan song’ for the Pietà. It’s glorious and as Talbot’s description of it certainly can’t be bettered by me I reproduce it below. So without further ado enjoy :-). mfi

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Laudate pueri RV600

Vespers was a very important service which accounts for the many settings of the Psalms which were such an important component in its structure.  This particular setting by Vivaldi of Psalm 112  Laudate Pueri is a fairly early work. it’s in C minor and is a surprisingly dark-toned piece. It’s a lovely multi-movement work for…

Sunday Concert: "Viva Vivaldi!" – Cecilia Bartoli & "Il Giardino Armonico – YouTube

Viva Vivaldi! with Cecilia Bartoli Cecilia Bartoli’s all-Vivaldi sell-out concert performances with the Italian period instrument ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, brought together the talents of today’s most celebrated mezzo-soprano and an outstandingly creative group of musicians. Included are arias from Vivaldi’s operas and pasticcios L’Olimpiade, Tito Manlio, Ottone in Villa,…

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Beatus vir RV795

You’ll sometimes read people making a fuss about the fact that the Ryom Verzeichnis Number for this the third and last of Vivaldi’s surviving settings of Psalm 111 (112 in modern translations) is an inversion of RV597 another setting of the Psalm and one to which it is closely related. In fact the inversion is…

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Cur sagittas, cur tela RV637

This is another one of Vivaldi’s short solo motets intended to be performed before major choral items  in the Mass or at Vespers. Vivaldi pioneered these introduzioni during his first period of sacred vocal music composition at the Pietà and devoted considerable effort to extend their use. Like many of his sacred music compositions Cur…

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Magnificat RV610a

There are several versions of Vivaldi’s Magnificat in G minor the earliest would most likely have been written for the Pietà and dates to some time in or around 1715. Early in the 1720s Vivaldi revisited it reworking the lower voices to make them more suitable for lower voices and adding a pair oboes for…