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This is a recording of impeccable quality. Vivaldi's Gloria is presented here in a fashion unlike most recordings, because it substitutes soprano voices with children's voices. Since Vivaldi worked at an all-girls school, this choice seems natural. The young voices add a unique, bright sound that is absent in recordings by adult choirs. The "Et in Terra Pax" is especially haunting in that regard. Not to mention, this recording features the immortal voice of Emma Kirkby as a soloist in the Gloria and in the accompanying cantatas. This recording is easily one of the greatest recordings of Gloria ever made, and the other selections are magnificent as well.


james Bowman's voice is was dark , happy, sad but most of all incredible.


Yes, this recording is better than most, but I feel compelled to point out a few things that make this not "perfect" as others have hailed it as. Everyone is raving over this recording of the Gloria (RV 589). It was a strain to click three-stars for this. However, the grand variance of tempo is unrealistic for the period and place. It begins with a brisk tempo in the Gloria In Excelsis which is perfectly fine-- if the adagio and largo tempos later on were brisk, respectively, as well. They were not. My second qualm is that, especially in the Propter Magnum Gloriam, there are a few very brief sections where sections of the choir and orchestra do not enter at the exact same time.
I will not review the cantatas, nor the trio sonata, as they are not in my field of specific interest, but I will say that if you are not already satisfied with your recordings of the Nisi Dominus or the Nulla in Mundo Pax, this recording will quench your thirst for perfection there.


Formed: 1973 in London, England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Keyboardist Christopher Hogwood established the Academy of Ancient Music in 1973, using as his model an ensemble that had been founded in 1726 to perform music that was at least 150 years old. Thus, Hogwood's orchestra was one of the first in modern times to perform Baroque works on Baroque instruments. Hogwood chose members who were not only masters of their instruments, but also scholars of performance style of the period. The orchestra quickly gained recognition for its authentic performances...
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 1997

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