Past Concerts - “Vivaldi in Venice”

Cantorum Choir

Date - Sunday 4th October 2008
Event - “Vivaldi in Venice”
Venue - All Saints' Church, Marlow
     

Two recent ‘high spots’ are still fresh in the choir’s memory: our tour to Venice in 2006, and the first (October 2007) appearance with us of Alexandra and Charlotte Reid, playing Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. Those who went to Venice with the choir will never forget those haunting April days and the astonishing resonance of buildings still alive to their own great music. And those at last years’ performance by the nationally recognised Reid sisters will always treasure the privilege of hearing such playing in such a joyous rapport. So what could have been better than to invite the girls back this year to join us for a concert of Venetian music!
Ian Taylor conducted Cantorum Choir and Orchestra with strength and sensitivity in a programme that included:

  • Vivaldi Magnificat
  • Vivaldi Double Violin Concerto in A Minor
  • Vivaldi Kyrie
  • Vivaldi Laudate Dominum
  • Vivaldi Laetatus Sum (I was glad)
  • Monteverdi Beatus Vir
  • Gabrieli Jubilate Deo

The concert was received with great enthusiasm by a very good audience at Marlow’s beautiful riverside church. We must pay particular tribute once again to Alexandra and Charlotte Reid, whose performance of the Vivaldi A Minor Double Concerto was quite superb, and who also played the musical dialogues with the choir in the Monteverdi Beatus Vir and the Vivaldi Magnificat. It’s a real privilege to have such players appear with us, and we are extremely grateful to them. Here are just a few of the responses we received:

“The ensemble was pretty faultless, I thought. I was particularly impressed by the Magnificat, which was taken with a lot of attack and had real life to it. The Reid sisters were electric – visual performance as well as music.”
“I was bowled over by the stunning performance of the double violin concerto.”

“I really enjoyed the concert - what an uplifting programme! The sound is wonderful. It was a real treat to be in the audience again.”

“Cantorum has really good voices – the solos from within the choir were excellent.”

Here’s an extract from the conductor’s programme notes to this concert: “Vivaldi’s obvious affinity with the violin remains evident in his choral writing, particularly in the psalm settings heard this evening. In both the Laetatus Sum and Laudate Dominum, the principal melodic material is entrusted to an elaborate violin obbligato, whilst the chorus offers a finely balanced homophonic declamation. The virtuosity of the concerto combines with the strong influence of Venetian operatic writing in tonight’s larger scale works, notably the Kyrie and the Magnificat. It remains uncertain whether Giovanni Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo was intended for a church service or written for performance at one of the city’s vast outdoor festivals. The lush eight-part contrapuntal writing contrasts starkly, however, with the more modern sounding ‘stile concertato’ of Claudio Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir. Here, solo voices are pitted against the weight of the chorus, and vocal and instrumental contrasts are fully explored, as Cantorum are once again joined by the violinists Alexandra and Charlotte Reid.”

The choir’s thanks also go to the superb players of the Cantorum Orchestra – all in all, a very enjoyable evening.

 
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