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Gloria/Magnificat [Import]

R-Atlanta Symp Or Various/Shaw Audio CD
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1. Gloria In Excelsis - Dawn Upshaw
2. Et In Terra Pax - Dawn Upshaw
3. Laudamus Te - Dawn Upshaw
4. Gratias Agimus Tibi - Dawn Upshaw
5. Propter Magnam Gloriam Tuam - Dawn Upshaw
6. Domine Deus - Dawn Upshaw
7. Domine Fili Unigenite - Dawn Upshaw
8. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei - Dawn Upshaw
9. Qui Tollis - Dawn Upshaw
10. Qui Sedes Ad Dexteram Patris - Dawn Upshaw
11. Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus - Dawn Upshaw
12. Cum Sancto Spiritu - Dawn Upshaw
13. Magnificat - Dawn Upshaw
14. Et Exsultavit - David Gordon
15. Quia Respexit - David Gordon
16. Omnes Generationes - David Gordon
17. Quia Fecit Mihi Magna - David Gordon
18. Et Misericordia - David Gordon
19. Fecit Potentiam - David Gordon
20. Deposuit Potentes - David Gordon
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Baroque? May 7 2002
Format:Audio CD
As much as I love the work of Robert Shaw, I must confess, this recording remains something of a mystery to me. Shaw can squeaze blood from a turnip when it comes to making beautiful music with a choir. But, the use of modern instruments on this recording of two baroque masterpieces seems to dampen their impact. The percolating octaves from Vivaldi's Gloria in excelsis scream PERIOD but the modern strings gently glide over what should sound like pure jubilation. The battle between beauty and period authenticity on this recording is a decisive victory to Shaw. Vivaldi's Et in terra pax is so languid and lugubrious that you will be reminded of Poulenc. The slow tempos do, however, give Shaw's chorus the chance to shine magnificently. Bach's Gloria Patri has probably never sounded so lush. During Esurientes implevit bonis from the Magnificat, Marietta Simpson will knock your socks off with her stunning voice. The incongruity of this recording is the only reason I cannot give it five stars. When all is said and done, I really do prefer the mannerisms of period instruments. So, if you are an admirer of sheer choral beauty, this disc will not disappoint. However, it is a poor representative of what these two magnificent pieces should really feel like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying; very well done, but not flawless June 16 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good CD, but not completely flawless. One of the horns is slightly flat in the last number of the Gloria, and the orchestral sound lacks a little fullness that a better recording might have.
Although both sopranos have beautiful voices and excellent control, Upshaw occasionally seems more interested in adding ornamentation than in conveying the words and feeling of these great works; and Jensen seems to struggle for breath a couple of times.
In addition, the Magnificat so outshines the Gloria in depth, complexity, and passion, that it seems somewhat strange to combine the two works. Not that the Gloria isn't beautiful and uplifting, but Bach's compositional genius leaves one breathless by comparison.
The vocal interpretation is generally very good and moving, but true to Baroque style. The duets are especially superb, with the rising and falling dynamics between the parts beautifully apparent but not overbearing. Gordon (Tenor) is fabulous, maintaining brilliant tone and technical control over a broad range of pitch and passage types. Simpson (Mezzo/Alto) is absolutely stunning, combining tremendous passion with flawless technique; I doubt even the great Cecilia Bartoli could perform these solos better.
Shaw was at his best as a conductor of classic religious works in these recordings. I'm not sure how much of the coordination of the various instruments and singers was Shaw's doing and how much was the studio's, but even the difficult phrases are beautifully combined throughout both works.
I'd prefer a little less vocal staccato -- perhaps less 'h' in the attack -- in the individual notes of long runs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shaw legacy goes on... Dec 19 1999
Format:Audio CD
For anyone not familiar with Vivaldi's works other than his Four Seasons, this disc is a great way to introduce yourself to his work. The choral sound that Shaw encourages is always warm yet includes perfectly understandable diction. The delightful and perpetually driving rhythms in the piece are always clear. For many listeners and performers, the Et in Terra Pax (second movement) is the particular masterpiece of the work. With its longing suspensions and resolutions, it will move even the most tame of hearts. This is a must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bright sparkling gem April 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
Shaw has taken "Gloria" and breathed new life into it. THe tempos are brisk, giving the performance energy. There is a sparkle to the Atlanta SO sound, and the choir is bold and crisp! If you are looking to enter the world of the Baroque choral masterpieces, this is a fabulous place to start.
Thank you Shaw/ASO!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the Solo work May 23 2002
Format:Audio CD
This recording is fantastic. If nothing else, the female soloists on this recording make it well worth the price.
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