George Guest, Stephen Cleobury, Philip Ledger, Wren Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Vivaldi: Glorias, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat, Beatus Vir (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 589 Mb | Total time: 57:44+68:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 443 455-2 | Recorded: 1976, 1981, 1986
Vivaldi's sacred music is not so famous as that of his contemporaries Bach and Handel, so this is a bargain opportunity to catch up. You might think Vivaldi's playful, virtuoso Italianate character and Catholic context would produce radically different music, but in George Guest's urgent readings, the mixture of restrainedly exultant choruses and austerely beautiful arias are near-identical to Bach.