Robert King may have planned to end his series of recordings of the sacred music of Vivaldi with his grandest and most popular piece of sacred music, the Gloria, RV 589, but he couldn't have planned to end it with Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus, RV 803, because when the series began, the Nisi Dominus had not yet been found hidden among the Galuppi sacred works in the Saxon Landesbibliothek in Dresden. Thus, through blessed coincidence, King's series ends with a glorious performance of Vivaldi's best-known sacred work and a compelling performance of his least-known sacred work. But then, the whole series had been filled with glorious and compelling performances, so why should the last be less than the best? The soloists are full-throated and lyrical. The chorus is agile and muscular. The orchestra is brilliant and strong. King's conducting is light, insightful, and powerful. Hyperion's digital sound is exemplary: clear, bright, and vivid. This is a wonderful end to a great series.
AllMusic Review by James Leonard
|Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589|
|Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for 3 voices, viola d'amore, chalumeau, violin, strings & continuo in A major, RV 803|
|Ostro picta, armata spina (introduzione to Gloria, RV 588), solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in D, RV 642|
|Gloria, for double choirs & orchestra (RV Anh. 23)|