Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589; Nisi dominus, RV 608; Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630; Amor, hai vinto, RV 651; Lungi dal vago volto, RV 680

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COMPOSERS: Vivaldi
LABELS: L’Oiseau-Lyre Double Decca
WORKS: Gloria, RV 589; Nisi dominus, RV 608; Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630; Amor, hai vinto, RV 651; Lungi dal vago volto, RV 680
PERFORMER: Emma Kirkby, Judith Nelson, Catherine Bott, James Bowman, Carolyn Watkinson; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music/ Christopher Hogwood, Simon Preston, New London Consort/ Philip Pickett
CATALOGUE NO: 455 727-2 ADD/DDD 1976-92
The AAM under Simon Preston offers a vivid, characterful reading of Vivaldi’s popular Gloria, but the main attraction here is the music for solo voice. Three ravishing love-cantatas, beautifully sung by Catherine Bott with Philip Pickett and the New London Consort, are the outstanding items. Other highlights include Emma Kirkby’s fine account of Nulla in mundo pax sincera (the glorious motet featured in Shine) and James Bowman’s expressive delivery of the haunting Nisi Dominus. A real bargain. Graham Lock

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