The King's Consort / Robert King

Antonio Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music

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What can anyone add to the praise that has deservedly been heaped on Robert King and the King's Consort's 11 discs of the complete sacred music of Vivaldi? Can one add that every single performance is first class -- wonderfully musical, deeply dedicated, and profoundly spiritual? Can one add that every single performer is first class -- absolutely in-tune, entirely in-sync, and totally committed? Can one add that every single recording is first class -- amazingly clean, astoundingly clear, and astonishingly warm? One can because it's all true and it's all been said before by critics and listeners across the globe. Can one say that every piece is a masterpiece -- that every piece is filled with the consummate skill, the irresistible joy, and the radiant spirituality that was Vivaldi's specialty? One can because this, too, is true. From the well-known Gloria, Magnificat, and Stabat Mater to the little known In furore giustissimae irae, O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, and Cur sagittas, cur tela, truly every work is a masterpiece and anyone -- from the deeply devout to the deeply doubtful -- will love these works, these performances, and these recordings if they love music.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Magnificat, for 2 vocal soloists, 2 choruses, 2 oboes, 2 strings & 2 continuo in G minor, RV 610a
1 01:06
2 02:08
3 03:09
4 00:28
5 00:55
6 01:47
7 00:49
8 01:43
9 01:52
10 07:24
Kyrie, for double vocal soloists, double chorus, double strings & continuo, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 587
11 03:55
12 02:39
13 02:16
Credo, for chorus, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 591
14 02:12
15 01:29
16 02:30
17 03:09
Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594
18 02:11
19 03:09
20 02:09
21 02:41
22 02:04
23 01:50
24 02:02
25 02:51
26 01:21
27 02:41

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
In furore giustissimae irae, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 626
1 04:44
2 00:34
3 05:53
4 01:47
Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, introduzione to Gloria for voice, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 629
5 05:26
6 00:31
7 06:53
8 02:38
Clarae stellae, scintillate, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in F major, RV 625
9 05:23
10 00:41
11 02:21
12 02:33
Canta in Prato, ride in monte (I), solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in A major, RV 623
13 03:58
14 00:47
15 02:23
16 01:19
Filiae Mestae Jerusalem, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 638
17 02:08
18 04:35
19 01:00
Nulla in mundo pax sincera, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in E major, RV 630
20 06:57
21 01:03
22 03:17
23 02:13

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109 "of Prague"), for 5 voices, chorus, trumpet, 2 oboes, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D, RV 595
1 02:08
2 02:41
3 02:20
4 02:05
5 01:23
6 01:40
7 02:51
8 02:36
9 01:42
10 00:49
11 02:59
Domine ad adjuvandum me festina (Psalm 69), for soprano, double chorus, 2 oboes, double strings & continuo in G major, RV 593
12 02:26
13 02:46
14 02:05
15 07:11
16 07:22
Beatus vir, (Psalm 111), for 5 voices, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2 organs, double strings & continuo in C major, RV 597
17 02:20
18 02:00
19 00:28
20 02:31
21 00:30
22 03:10
23 02:03
24 00:29
25 03:38
26 00:32
27 01:53
28 02:45
29 00:28
30 02:29

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernes barbarie, oratorio in 2 parts, RV 644
1 03:51
2 01:54
3 03:47
4 00:42
5 03:29
6 00:27
7 06:00
8 01:05
9 04:45
10 00:16
11 03:13
12 00:34
13 01:54
14 00:32
15 03:32
16 01:27
17 09:32
18 00:55
19 03:43
20 01:11
21 03:29
22 00:33
23 03:08
24 00:40
25 07:06
26 00:13
27 04:08
28 00:32
29 05:12

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernes barbarie, oratorio in 2 parts, RV 644
1 00:57
2 03:58
3 00:25
4 00:32
5 06:18
6 00:59
7 05:50
8 00:33
9 05:48
10 00:23
11 02:22
12 00:28
13 04:50
14 00:40
15 05:41
16 01:50
17 03:49
18 00:22
19 01:28
20 04:35
21 00:43
22 00:47
23 04:02
24 01:12
25 03:23
26 01:07
27 03:35
28 01:18
29 02:07

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
In turbato mare irato, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in G major, RV 627
1 06:32
2 00:43
3 05:49
4 02:29
Non in pratis aut in horis (introduzione to Miserere), solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in F major, RV 641
5 00:54
6 01:41
7 08:49
8 00:55
Stabat Mater, hymn for voice, strings & continuo in F minor, RV 621
9 02:47
10 01:48
11 01:56
12 02:58
13 01:50
14 02:00
15 02:47
16 01:18
17 01:21
O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in E flat major, RV 631
18 05:12
19 00:32
20 05:51
21 01:51
22 04:36
Confitebor Tibi, Domine (Psalm 110), for 3 voices, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in C major, RV 596
23 02:42
24 03:29
25 02:42
26 01:58
27 01:19
28 01:13

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Beatus vir (Psalm 111), for soloists, chorus, strings & continuo in C major, RV 795
1 02:11
2 01:48
3 00:15
4 03:36
5 00:16
6 02:06
7 00:16
8 04:49
9 00:16
10 02:28
11 00:15
12 02:26
13 00:18
14 02:54
15 02:23
Salve Regina, antiphon for voice, violin, strings & continuo in F major, RV 617
16 03:03
17 02:17
18 02:04
19 02:48
20 01:59
21 03:38
Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608
22 02:35
23 01:05
24 01:44
25 04:24
26 01:36
27 01:12
28 05:06
29 01:02
30 01:51

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 03:36
Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112), for voice, flute, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G major, RV 601
2 03:03
3 02:31
4 03:32
5 02:48
6 02:15
7 01:49
8 04:29
9 00:51
10 02:21
Vestro principi divino, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in F major, RV 633
11 03:59
12 00:38
13 02:14
14 01:28
Gloria, for 6 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, 2 oboes, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 588
15 04:40
16 00:33
17 03:40
18 06:00
19 02:37
20 00:59
21 01:46
22 01:12
23 02:24
24 01:30
25 03:00
26 01:33
27 03:24

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Sum in medio tempestatum, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in F major, RV 632
1 06:35
2 00:55
3 05:54
4 03:09
Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112), for voice, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 600
5 01:58
6 03:28
7 01:59
8 02:48
9 02:25
10 01:38
11 01:48
12 03:39
13 01:35
14 01:52
Cur Sagittas, cur tela, cur faces (Introduzione to Gloria), solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 637
15 03:29
16 01:47
17 04:21
18 02:18
Salve Regina, antiphon for voice, double chorus, 2 recorders, flute, double strings & continuo in C minor, RV 616
19 03:47
20 01:23
21