RETURN OF THE ANGELS

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Shannon re-joins Ensemble Caprice and Matthias Maute for a follow-up recording to their widely popular and JUNO Award winning "Gloria! Vivaldi's Angels". The CD returns to Vivaldi's Venice and to the Ospedale della Pietą orphanage where, beginning in 1703, Vivaldi, the Red Priest, not only taught the orphan girls violin and singing (!), but also composed many of his most dazzling concertos as well as a substantial part of his highly inspired corpus of sacred music. During the course of the present recording, we move from Vivaldi's description of war to his musical depiction of the joys of peace.

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Ensemble Caprice
Matthias Maute, conductor
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Gabriele Hierdeis, soprano
Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano

Release date: 2011 Analekta
Album ID: AN 2 9995

Track Listing

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
1-7 Oratorio Juditha triumphans, RV 644 (excerpts)
8-10 Concerto in D Minor for 2 Recorders, 2 Oboes, 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo, RV 566
11 Laudate Dominum (Psalm 116) for choir and orchestra RV 606

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)
Oratorio Gesł al calvario, ZWV 62 (excerpts)
12 Recitativo : O fi glie di Sionne (soprano : Shannon Mercer)
13 Coro : Misera Madre (soprano : Shannon Mercer ; alto : Laura Pudwell)

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
14 In exitu Israel (Psalm 113) for choir and orchestra, RV 604
15-18 Motet O qui coeli terraeque serenitas for Soprano, Strings and Continuo, RV 631
19-21 Concerto in D Major for Trumpet, Oboe, Strings and Continuo, RV 563
22 Gloria, RV 588, Coro: Et in terra pax