Vivaldi - Cantatas
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Cat No: 8573003
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 6th January 2014
WorksCantata 'All'ombra d'un bel faggio', RV649
Cantata 'Allor che lo sguardo', RV650
Cantata 'Che giova il sospirar', RV679
Cantata 'Lungi dal vago', RV680
Cantata 'Perche son molli', RV681
ArtistsDeirdre Moynihan (soprano)
Ensemble Nota Velata
Vivaldi wrote around forty cantatas in the so-called ‘Neapolitan’ style with alternating arias and recitatives. Some, such as All’ombra d’un bel faggio, are in an Arcadian setting, while others – including Allor che lo sguardo – take unrequited love as their theme.
Whatever the context, Vivaldi’s inexhaustible reserves of expressive vocal writing, dance-like rhythms and subtle weaving of instrumental and solo vocal lines are everywhere apparent. With text-setting of such refinement and delicacy, Vivaldi ensures that his music remains at all times balanced and elegant.
More modestly scaled, naturally, than his operas, Vivaldi’s cantatas are less well-known than his orchestral and instrumental music, but they are an important component of his choral writing. Recordings solely made up of Vivaldi’s cantatas can be hard to find!
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