Salve Regina – Antiphon for voice, violin, strings and continuo in F major RV 617

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)
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Composer: Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)

Performance date: 03/07/2014

Venue: St. Brendan’s Church

Composition Year: 1713/19

Duration: 00:08:49

Recording Engineer: Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm

Instrumentation Category:Large Mixed Ensemble

Instrumentation Other: 2 s-solo, 3vn, va, vc, db, lu, hpd

Artists: Maria Keohane - [soprano]
Ruby Hughes - [mezzo-soprano]
Concerto Copenhagen (Peter Spissky, Fredrik From, Antina Hugosson [violins], Torbjörn Köhl [viola], Kate Hearne [cello], Mattias Frostenson [bass], Fredrik Bock [archlute, guitar], Lars-Ulrik Mortensen [harpsichord, director]) - [baroque ensemble]

we think of sacred music, we instinctively think of choral music as a way of
expressing the communal aspect of religious life and belief. There is however a
complementary tradition within sacred music that uses the medium of song to
evoke the prayer of the solitary individual. The golden age for the solo voice
in the sacred repertoire was circa 1650-1750. Vivaldi composed approximately
fifty sacred works and fully thirty are for solo voice.

story of Vivaldi’s involvement in the
della Pietà
is well known. The Pietà was
an orphanage for girls that gave what amounted to a conservatory musical
education to a selection of the girls known as the
figlie di coro. Under Vivaldi’s direction their standard became
incredibly high and the stars of the
were renowned throughout Europe for their virtuosity. Vivaldi wrote many
works for them, both concertos and sacred works, and this
Salve Regina with its unusual solo violin part was certainly one of

originality is immediately apparent as the first movement features just the
solo violin, soprano and continuo without the other violins and viola of the
ensemble, the two solo parts interweaving magically. The solo violin returns in
the third movement, this time supported by the full ensemble. Clearly the
figlie di coro had two exceptional
soloists for whom Vivaldi wrote this exquisitely beautiful music.