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Vivaldi: 'Les Orphelines De Venise'

Magazine article Gramophone

Vivaldi: 'Les Orphelines De Venise'

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Vivaldi

'Les Orphelines de Venise'

Kyrie, RV587. Gloria, RV589. Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, RV169. Credo, RV591. Concerto madrigalesco, RV129. Magnificat, RV610 Les Cris de Paris / Geoff roy Jourdain Ambronay (F) AMY047 (64' * DDD * T/t)

For aeons Andrew Parrott's version (Virgin, 1/95) was the only noteworthy recording of Vivaldi's popular Gloria (RV589) that used an all-female choir. Hot on the heels of Herve Niquet's spirited but eccentric interpretation (Alpha, 12/15--at incredible speeds, and solo numbers allocated to massed ladies' voices) is this fresh reinterpretation by Geoffroy Jourdain and Les Cris de Paris.

Sometimes the tenor parts are transposed up an octave so that they function as high soprano parts; Jourdain cites evidence for this practice in different sources of a Miserere by Hasse composed for the women at the Ospedale degli Incurabili. The Kyrie in G minor (RV587) has a sonorous depth and solemnity on account of the bold lower strings and prominent organ, and all-female choral textures are fulsome and theatrical in tone, with the petition 'Christe eleison' possessing desperate urgency. The Credo in E minor (RV591) sounds overly effortful but the singers lack nothing in textural richness and impact. …

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