Archiv has been pushing Vivaldi lately – a composer toward whom I usually experience benevolent indifference. But I am not likely to miss out on great new performances, whether it be a new opera (like Motezuma, reviewed by Charles), or a newly found choral work like Dixit Dominus or world premiere recordings of Violin Concertos RV 5837-5841.
A.Vivaldi, Violin Concertos,
Carmignola, Marcon / VBO
A.Vivaldi, Concertos for Strings,
Marcon / VBO
A.Vivaldi, "Dixit Dominus",
Invernizzi, Mingardo, Agnew et al. / Kopp / Dresdner Instrumental-Concert
Actually, Dixit Dominus is so beautiful that it much deserved that public life, whether thought of as by Baldassarre Galuppi or Ignatz Leopold Nepumuk Küchelmeister or some other obscure (or made-up) Baroque composer. Of the 24 minutes, the introductory coro alone would justify hearing the entire CD and the gentle reading it receives under Peter Kopp, and his Körnerscher Sing-Verein Dresden and the Dresdner Instrumental-Concert do it proud. Roberta Invernizzi and Lucia Cirillo are the sopranos, Sara Mingardo the contralto, Paul Agnew and Thomas Cooley the tenors, Sergio Foresti and Georg Zeppenfeld the basses. As if to make up for neglect hitherto, the rest of the CD is filled with three – also very beautiful – Galuppi works: Laetatus sum, Nisi Dominus, and Lauda Jerusalem - all for strings, bassoon, and basso continuo with choir and vocalists.