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V4 Juditha Triumphans Sacred Import

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  • Audio CD (May 1 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000007NEG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Juditha Triumphans: Overture - Allegro
2. Juditha Triumphans: Overture - Largo
3. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Coro: (Assyrian Soldiers) Arma, caedes, vindictae, furores
4. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Huc accedat Matrona
5. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Holofernes) Nil arma, nil bella
6. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Vagaus) Mi Dux, Domine mi...
7. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Vagaus) Matrona inimica
8. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Huc accedat Matrona
9. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Juditha) Quo cum Patriae me ducit amore
10. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Abra) Ne timeas non
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Disc: 2
1. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Ozias) Summi Regis in mente
2. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Ozias) O Sydera, o stellae
3. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Ozias) Jam saevientis in hostem
4. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Nox in umbra dum surgit
5. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Holofernes) Nox obscuro tenebrosa
6. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Belligerae meae sorti
7. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Juditha) Transit aetas
8. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Haec in crastinum serva : Ah, nimis vere
9. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Holofernes) Noli, o cara, te adorantis
10. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Juditha) Tibi dona salutis
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Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans - Sacred Music, Vol. 4

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Vivaldi is best known for his instrumental music--concertos and concerti grossi--but perhaps his most-performed work, the Gloria, is for chorus and vocal soloists. This rarely recorded oratorio, "Juditha Triumphans," combines all of Vivaldi's favorite compositional mediums--solo instrumental, orchestral, solo vocal, and choral--in a work of impressive scope brimming with wonderful melodies and irresistible rhythms. Telling the story of the Jewish heroine Judith, who single-handedly saves her people from certain destruction by Nebuchadnezzar's army, Vivaldi's oratorio offers plenty of virtuoso music for soloists, which these performers, especially soprano Maria Cristina Kiehr, handle brilliantly. The action is fast-paced, the period instruments sound wonderful. And if the idea of an oratorio by Vivaldi scares you a little, have no fear; instead, prepare to be pleasantly surprised, amazed, and hooked. --David Vernier

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Robert King and his Consort did it again ! As in the previous releases of the Sacred Music Edition, it can be said, with no fear, that he reached the top..... The solists are flawless, the chorus is great, the orchestra is magnificent, the sound quality is perfect...and the overall performance is amazing ! The only "but" of this album, is that historycaly, there are two versions of the Vagaus aria "Matrona Inimica", both from Vivaldi's hand, and only one is presented here...A small detail, but that was not left aside by "the Old" Ristenpart in his insuperable performance of this work, unfortunaly, not available anymore.... Vivaldi's only remaining Oratorio is not perfect, too many solo Arias for just a few multiple Arias, and just 5 choruses.....But it still is a Masterwork from the "Prette Rosso". And the arrangement of his RV555 concerto initial movements, as the introduction of the work, was a great idea ! Congratulations to Mr. King !
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By A Customer on Oct. 27 1999
This recording of Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio presents Vivaldi in his best light. Fantastic performances all-round by the King's Consort and choir. If you're a fan of Vivaldi's instrumental concerti, take note -- this vocal work has all the crisp energy of his best concerti. A recording to be treasured.
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Robert King and his ensemble have created a terrific recording of Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio. The instrumental playing is zestful and the singers are masters of their craft. I give this recording a high recommendation.
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Juditha Triumphans is one of the very few perfect recordings. I've listened to it over and over again, and there is nothing to criticize. Wonderful music.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb3de6648) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3cac480) out of 5 stars The best available recording ! June 19 2000
By JE - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert King and his Consort did it again ! As in the previous releases of the Sacred Music Edition, it can be said, with no fear, that he reached the top..... The solists are flawless, the chorus is great, the orchestra is magnificent, the sound quality is perfect...and the overall performance is amazing ! The only "but" of this album, is that historycaly, there are two versions of the Vagaus aria "Matrona Inimica", both from Vivaldi's hand, and only one is presented here...A small detail, but that was not left aside by "the Old" Ristenpart in his insuperable performance of this work, unfortunaly, not available anymore.... Vivaldi's only remaining Oratorio is not perfect, too many solo Arias for just a few multiple Arias, and just 5 choruses.....But it still is a Masterwork from the "Prette Rosso". And the arrangement of his RV555 concerto initial movements, as the introduction of the work, was a great idea ! Congratulations to Mr. King !
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3d061c8) out of 5 stars Invaluable Piece Feb. 9 2007
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
I owned this recording for more than 5 years now, and would say that it really deserves a place in classical music archive.

The work is a real gem by Vivaldi. Connolly gave a very well-presented Alba and Murray a convincing Judith.

I am glad that none of the artists in this set gave over-dramatised accounts in the coloraturas.

Even so, the only soprano role in the oratorio gave a highly dramatically charged aria after discovering the death of the King Holfernes.

Since I got this disc, I obtained several pieces of the arias and started to sing them, too.

Vivaldi's music is really sublime!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3cec018) out of 5 stars A recording to be treasured Oct. 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This recording of Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio presents Vivaldi in his best light. Fantastic performances all-round by the King's Consort and choir. If you're a fan of Vivaldi's instrumental concerti, take note -- this vocal work has all the crisp energy of his best concerti. A recording to be treasured.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3d06ee8) out of 5 stars A clean, crisp interpretation of Vivaldi's surviving oratio Sept. 16 1999
By Aaron J. Marx - Published on Amazon.com
Robert King and his ensemble have created a terrific recording of Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio. The instrumental playing is zestful and the singers are masters of their craft. I give this recording a high recommendation.
HASH(0xb3d06e58) out of 5 stars One vote for an oldie June 9 2015
By Arnout Koeneman - Published on Amazon.com
Wonderful recording. One vote in favour for this older recording over the newer recording by Alessandro de Marchi on Naive.
Yes Robert King's reading is overall more measured, or static than the more recent recording by de Marchi, which is more lively and dramatic, but still I like King's recording better. It may well be because I like Maria Cristina Kiehr's voice very much, or because the choir is more reserved, subdued and pastoral sounding. Or maybe because King treats Vivaldi's oratorio as one written by Handel? Or maybe because I like the tempi King chooses for individual arias and chorals better? Take the aria "Matrona inimica" for instance, King treats it as a simple, lovely pastoral song, with a hint of melancholy. Every other version I heard was more rhythmic, more like you would play a Vivaldi concerto. Probably King is wrong here and should it performed less vocal and legato, but his way adds more depth and more emotional 'weight'. Kiehr sings it wonderful! The sound I definitely like better. The newer Naive recording has too much reverb, which makes some passages rather heavy and sluggish, no matter the tempi de Marchi takes.



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