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Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)

Part Four

Thursday 30 December 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Thursday 6 January 2005 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

Artemisia Gentileschi's terrifying depiction of Juditha taking the life of Holofernes is one of the most gruesome images in all of Baroque art, and today Donald Macleod turns his attention to the way Vivaldi tackled the same subject in his only surviving oratorio.


1 hour


Juditha Triumphans RV 644 opening
Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano - Juditha); Maria Cristina Kiehr (soprano - Vagaus); Susan Bickley (mezzo soprano - Holofernes); Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano - Abra); Jean Rigby (mezzo soprano - Ozias) / Kings Consort and Choir / Robert King (conductor)
Hyperion CDA67281/2 CD1 tr 1-9 inc

Concerto for flute in D major, op 10 no 3 RV 428 'Il Gardelllino' - the goldfinch
Sebastien Marq (recorder) / Ensemble Matheus / Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor)
Opus 111 OP 303 71 tr 16-18 

Juditha Triumphans RV 644 (conclusion: from 'in somno profondo.....')
Delores Ziegler (Juditha); Gloria Banditelli (Holofernes); Cecilia Gasdia (Vagaus); Manuela Custer (Abra); Laura Brioli (Ozias) /
I Soloisti Veneti / Claudio Scimone (director)
Warner Fonit 8573 85747-2 CD2 tr 16 - 24

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