The Vivaldi Edition have brought to music lovers an impressive array of sacred and secular compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, showing the composer's mastery for composing for both the human voice as well as other musical instruments. This CD, presenting vocal and instrumental sacred works,showcases music that have a great range of emotions and expressive devices. The performers on this recording could not be better. The exquisite French soprano Sandrine Piau shows her beautiful voice, wondrous technique and musicality in the motets 'In furore' and 'Laudate Pueri'. The first one, a dramatic reflection on the power and mercy of God, has her sailing through the very difficult passages with effortless grace, ornamenting in a truly virtuosic manner, respecting at the same time the style of the composition. 'Laudate pueri' on the other hand, is a joyous and more serene setting of psalm 112, full of vocal challenges, including two high D's. Piau is just ethereal on these high passages; especially stunning is track 9, A solis ortu, where the ascending intervals are managed with almost superhuman ease. During all her performance she demonstrates the brilliancy of her staccato singing and her magnificent high register. Piau is masterly partnered by the Accademia Bizantina, directed by Ottavio Dantone, who also performs a marvelous organ solo in the Concerto per violino e organo in re minore. Stefano Montanari is the splendid violin soloist on this concerto, as well as the Concerto 'per la Solemnita di San Lorenzo'. The orchestra offers great support in these concertos as well as establishing the mournful atmosphere of the Sinfonia 'Al Santo Sepoclro'. The reason for giving four stars to this CD is because I think that there was a need for having another piece for Piau and the orchestra for a grand finale, something like 'Nulla in mundo pax sincera', for example. However, this does not take away from the superlative performances presented in this recording. Highly recommended.