Florilegium, Thomas – Vivaldi: Sacred Works for Soprano and Concertos (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Florilegium, Thomas – Vivaldi: Sacred Works for Soprano and Concertos (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:58:45 minutes | 1,91 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: ChannelClassics | Digital Booklet | © Channel Classics

This very attractive release from Channel Classics features the terrific British period instrument ensemble Florilegium in performances of three Vivaldi concertos and two sacred vocal works. The group plays without a conductor and the players’ shapely unanimity of phrasing and nuanced expressiveness give the performances the character of chamber music. It sidesteps the metric squareness that can plague performances of Vivaldi and let the music breathe and surge organically. The strings have the slight tartness of Baroque instruments and the overall sound of the orchestra has an appealing burnished sheen. This is relatively obscure repertoire and includes a flute concerto that was only discovered in 2010 and is recorded here for the first time, played beautifully by Ashley Solomon, the artistic director of Florilegium.

01. Concerto Madrigalesco RV 129; I. Adagio
02. II. Allegro
03. III. Adagio
04. IV. Allegro molto moderato
05. Laudate pueri RV 601; I. Laudate pueri Dominum
06. II. Sit nomen Domini
07. III. A solis ortu
08. IV. Excelsus super omnes
09. V. Suscitans
10. VI. Ut collocet eum
11. VII. Gloria Patri
12. VIII. Sicut erat in principio
13. IX. Amen
14. Il Gran Mogul RV 431a; I. Allegro non molto
15. II. Larghetto
16. III. Allegro
17. Motet Nulla in mundo RV 630; I. Aria – Larghetto
18. II. Recitativo
19. III. Aria – Allegro
20. IV. Alleluia – Allegro
21. Concerto in B-flat RV 547; I. Allegro
22. II. Andante
23. III. Allegro molto