Niquet: Vivaldi - Gloria, Magnificat (24/88 FLAC)
Niquet: Vivaldi – Gloria, Magnificat (24/88 FLAC)

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra: Le Concert Spirituel
Conductor: Herve Niquet
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Alpha
Release: 2015
Size: 890 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: I. Gloria in excelsis Deo
02. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: II. Et in terra pax hominibus
03. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: III. Laudamus te
04. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: IV. Gratias agimus tibi
05. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: V. Propter magnam gloriam
06. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: VI. Domine Deus
07. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: VII. Domine, fili unigenite
08. Gloria In D Major, Rv 589: VIII. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
09. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: IX. Qui tollis peccata mundi
10. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: X. Qui sedes ad dexteram patris
11. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: XI. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
12. Gloria in D Major, RV 589: XII. Cum sancto spiritu
13. Laetatus sum, RV 607
14. Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610a: I. Magnificat
15. Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610a: II. Et exultativ
16. Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610a: III. Et misericordia
17. Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610a: IV. Fecit potentiam
18. Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610a: V. Deposuit potentes
19. Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610a: VI. Esurientes
20. Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610a: VII. Suscepit Israel
21. Magnificat In G Minor, Rv 610a: VIII. Sicut Locutus
22. Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610a: IX. Gloria
23. Lauda Jerusalem, RV 609

Since 1987, the year he founded Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet has been a major figure in musical life, but he is also an actor in a class of his own. Major because it is thanks to his love of French music, the grands motets, large forms, and works both known and less known, that we have discovered or rediscovered treasures by Campra, Boismortier, Charpentier, Lully, Handel, Striggio, Offenbach, Grétry… Major because he is respected and loved by a great number of singers and stage directors with whom he has collaborated… And in a class of his own because he has an uncommon (or even unique, in the current musical landscape!) capacity for sharing his music directly with the audience.

Alpha is delighted to welcome this great, ‘total’ artist to begin a long-term collaboration and release the fruit of his latest research, his wishes, his discoveries and his follies. In addition to the Don Quichotte concocted with his accomplices Shirley & Dino, the festivities begin in Venice, with Vivaldi’ s deservedly famous Gloria and Magnificat, but in a version that we are not accustomed to hearing: ‘We have lots of things to discover in these works that we thought we knew,’ says an enthusiastic Hervé Niquet. ‘We propose a version of this «sausage» that is never heard. It’s the original version, the one that Vivaldi had written for the Ospedale in Venice.’

The Ospedale della Pietà is the orphanage where Vivaldi was hired in 1703 as a violin teacher then later, maestro de’ concerti. Being a girls’ orphanage, the original version of the Gloria was written for two women’s choirs and two small orchestras, forces that could take their place in the organ loft of the establishment’s church. ‘Afterwards, to make some money, he created a version for four mixed voices,’ relates Hervé Niquet. It is this version, with tenors and basses, that is well known. In the original version, ‘with the tenor lines sung by the sopranos, the melodic line is completely different. We don’t recognize it. And the solos sung in chapel by the six altos together, sounds completely different. In this version, there is fantastic work on the women’s voices. We have been performing this on tour for four years, and there is no habit, no routine. Every reprise, every «refresher» is absolutely fascinating. A nice feeling, nice sentiments, this is jubilant music. Vivaldi is, after all, a very good composer…’

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