ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741): Juditha Triumphans, RV 645.
Catalogue Number: 06L025
Label: ABC Classics
Reference: 476 6957
Description: We've never offered a recording of Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio (1716) although two have come out in our 13-year tenure, so here is a brand-new one from Down Under, where Australian baroque perfomers have been getting wider and wider acclaim in recent years. If you don't know the work, it is particularly good evidence of Vivaldi's love of orchestra color, using recorders, oboes, clarinets, chalumeau, bassoons, trumpets, mandolin, up to four theorbos, viola d'amore and even an English-style viol consort to paint the emotions of the characters in their various arias. 2 CDs. Latin-English texts. Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo), David Walker (countertenor), Sara Mcliver (soprano), Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes; Attilio Cremonesi.