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  • Audio CD (June 1 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0002ZBSMW
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1. Laudate, pueri Dominum [Allegro]
2. Sit nomen Domini [largo]
3. A solis ortu usque ad occasum [Allegro]
4. Excelsus super omnes [Andante]
5. Qui sicut Dominus Deus [largo]
6. Suscitans a terra inopem [Presto]
7. Ut collocet eum [Allegro]
8. Gloria Patri et Filio [Largo]
9. Laudate, pueri Dominum [Allegro]
10. Amen [Allegro]
11. I Aria: In furore [Allegro]
12. II Recitativo
13. III Aria: Tunc mesu fletus [Largo]
14. IV Alleluia [Allegro]
15. I Aria: In turbato mare irato [Allegro]
16. II Recitativo: Splmende serena, o lux amata
17. III Aria: Respende, bella, divina stella [Larghetto]
18. IV Alleluia [Allegro]
19. I Aria: O qui coeli terraeque serenitas [Allegro]
20. II Recitativo: Fac ut sordescat tellus
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa2b92cc0) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b89bb8) out of 5 stars Another Vivaldi Triumph for Biondi With Ciofi His Muse March 28 2005
By Ed Uyeshima - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is yet another perfectly sublime recording of Vivaldi's religious music for vocals and strings from violinist Fabio Biondi and his ensemble Europa Galante, a worthy successor to their wonderful 2002 recording of Vivaldi's "Stabat Mater/Nisi Dominus/Longe Mala" featuring the extraordinary countertenor David Daniels. This time Biondi has landed the considerable talents of soprano Patrizia Ciofi, whose energetic coloratura was most recently heard on the stylish "Handel Operatic Duets (Amor e gelosia)" disc with mezzo-soprano Joyce Di Donato and the splendid René Jacobs-produced recording of Mozart's "La Nozze di Figaro". It's worth noting that Daniels, Ciofi, Biondi and Europa Galante are teamed up on the upcoming recording of Vivaldi's "Bajazet".

Even though this disc is subtitled "Motets", technically the first piece, "Laudate pueri Dominum," is not a motet but an extended psalm, and even more surprising is the fact that it is a lively, challenging 23-minute work consisting of ten diverse movements, all of which Ciofi tackles with great skill. Her fiery bravura is especially evident in the opening allegro and returns toward the end in a repeat of the same movement. This provides an effective contrast to her appropriately mournful tone on "Excelsus super omnes," where she is accompanied by a somber obbligato trombone, and the beautiful legato she displays on "Gloria Patri et Filio". Ciofi shows powerfully expressed fury on both "In furore giustissimae irae" and "In turbato mare irato", the opening arias of the second and third motets, without sacrificing the inherent warmth of her voice. In contrast, she sounds joyful with great abandon on the opening aria of the last motet, "O qui coeli terraeque serenitas". The largos, "Tunc meus fletus" from "In furore..." and "Rosa quae moritur" from "O qui coeli..." both contain a melting quality that is at once inspirational and passionate, The larghetto "Resplende, bella" from "In turbato..." is arguably the disc's high point, a sensitive performance that shows off Ciofi's amazing breath control and dramatic acumen. This is lovely, hypnotic work, almost too beautiful for the deeply religious lyrics performed, with stellar performances all around.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b89c0c) out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning June 17 2005
By Brian D., Hodges - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this has quickly turned into my all-time favorite discs. i was already a huge fan of Fabio Biondi, but hadn't heard Patrizia Ciofi. wow--what a voice! she has an absolutely stunning voice and her navigation around Vivaldi's music is exemplary as well. it goes without saying that Biondi and the magnifico Europa Galante is more than up to the task, providing a bellissimo accompaniment to Ms. Ciofi. another top-notch disc from these fantastic performers. Bravo Tutti! i would love to hear more of Vivaldi's vocal works from these artists.

favorite track: Sit nomen Domini [Largo] from Laudate pueri Dominium RV 600. unbelievably gorgeous movement and heart-wrenching. i could listen to it on repeat all day.

Highly Recommended!

do yourself a favor and purchase this CD. it is well worth it!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a74204) out of 5 stars With music like this, going to church in the 1700's rocked! Nov. 28 2006
By Dennis Figueroa - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Just as I think that Vivaldi has reached an insuperable level of inspiration with an aria or concerto, and nothing else can beat it or he can't exceed it, I am proven wrong. Case in point is the larghetto aria "Resplende bella". This aria actually sounds like a requiem, very solemn, emotional on the brink of death and mourning, masterly executed by Ciofi, and with the perfect vocal affections to drench and sadden the heart. If anything, the aria should be renamed "Mortis Horrores" after its leading mantra and most dramatic point reminiscent of a ritual procession. At some point, the music defies the baroque and sounds like nothing written almost three hundred years ago. Ciofi is phenomenal. Biondi complements her perfectly with the right punctuation and texture. It seems that everything or anything he plays can't be rivaled. Though I got this CD for "In Furore Giustissimae Irae", was much more pleasantly surprised by the rest of musical repertoire. Ciofi commands the strength and deliverance in the very sweeping vocal runs of the Alleluias, and the allegros from "In turbato mare irato" and " In Furore Giustissimae Irae". In the latter, Ciofi astounds with her ability to carry the same orchestral rhythm at full coloratura and note continuity. Wow! Even the recitativos are not to be missed or skipped. They really belong and find their musical right to be.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ced3cc) out of 5 stars Wonderful Vivaldi sacred works by Biondi and Ciofi. Dec 17 2013
By Abert - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This 2004 published album by Fabio Biondi and Italian soprano Patricia Ciofi includes the 1717 Vivaldi composition of the psalm Laudate pueri Dominum (Ps. 112/113), one of the three settings the composer for this psalm.
It was written during Vivaldi’s ‘acting’ post of maestro di coro in Pio Ospedale della Pieta of Venice, upon the sudden departure of Francesco Gasparini. Rv 600 is akin to the setting for the psalm Nisi Dominus, which has two versions by Vivaldi, the famous one being for alto solo and strings and continuo. Soprano Patricia Ciofi copes well with the work’s highly florid demands. The fugal ‘Amen’ is, again like the one in ‘Nisi Dominus’, a vocal concerto.
The motets in this album Rv 626, 627 and 631 are part of the 12 motets ‘resurrected’ in about 1930 in Piedmont that represent less than a quarter of their original number.
Rv 626, ‘In furore isutissimae irae’, was probably written when Vivaldi was in Rome in the mid-1720’s. The first aria expressing the rightful anger of God has Ciofi singing in the most atmospheric fashion. Ciofi succeeds better in the recitative seeking mercy, expressed by the use of suspiratio figures. The Europa Galante under Biondi is very effective especially in the strong dynamic accents in this number. While there may be other more vocally capable renditions of this motet, Ciofi’s intonation is impeccable and fully stylish alert.

Rv 627, ‘In turbato mare irato’ is another highly dramatic piece but the musical character is almost a direct contrast with that of Rv 626. The more plaintive tone of the work suits better Ciofi’s timbre. She is able to sink into the deep ‘pathos’ of the vocal lines in a tone that is better than when soaring into the highest register. The long larghetto aria is particularly effective, Ciofi interacting particularly well with the small orchestra under Biondi.
Rv 631, ‘O qui coeli terraeque serenitas’ the last of the three motets included in this album, is the most joyous and lyrical piece of motet in this group of three chosen for this album. Nonetheless, it is no less dramatic in its declamatory style. Ciofi is rightly dramatic in the short recitative.
Together with Rv600’s ‘Amen’, the three ‘Allelujas’ in the motets represent the most florid and virtuosic of baroque vocal music, and this album is a good showcase of these pieces, if you do not care for the lyrics.
While Patricia Ciofi could not be said to have owned the most beautiful soprano voice for this genre of music, her absolutely secure deliverance in a group of devilishly virtuosic works, perfect intonation and wonderfully authentic musical style more than made things up. Coupled with the utterly impeccable direction of Fabio Biondi, and this is a highly compelling album of Vivaldi’s sacred vocal works.
Not to be missed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ce4360) out of 5 stars Ciofi and company impressive on this great music May 1 2013
By M. Ramos - Published on
Format: Audio CD
These sacred motets by Vivaldi present energetic and virtuosic vocal display with liturgical texts that are anything but sedate. The motets combine rapid movements with sections of introspection, with a final alleluia or amen that serves as a recapitulation of ideas presented all over the liturgical piece. On this recording we could not find better advocates of this music than Patrizia Ciofi, Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante. Ciofi's coloratura soprano, technically assured and with a warm middle register, dispatches all the almost unhuman melismas and long legato lines with total ease (and she embelishes with economy and taste). The soprano is also willing to express the drama present on these texts and is never just conentrated on presenting a pretty vocal display. Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante bring support to Ciofi and remain in involved partnership with the soloist during the whole recital. Highly recommended for all music lovers, specially the ones who know Vivaldi mainly as an instrumental composer.