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This is an excellent live recording of a concert given at the Basilika Stift Klosterneuburg. Two of Vivaldi’s instrumental works act as a prelude to the sublime counter-tenor voice of Andreas Scholl. The short Concerto in G minor RV 156 and the Sonata a quatro ‘Al santo sepolcro’ RV 130 are both delightful expressions of contrapuntal writing, given a captivating performance here by the talented instrumentalists of Bach Consort Wien. This is followed by the composer’s introduction to the Miserere Filiae Maestae Jerusalem and his Stabat Mater, both for counter-tenor. These two works showcase the fine musicianship, phrasing and interpretive powers of Scholl, sympathetically accompanied by the Consort. Director Ruben Dubrovsky then changes the whole mood of the concert with a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria; this is given a full-on interpretation at a lively tempo, and the Salzburger Bachchor respond with gusto. They are a very powerful group of singers who at times lack finesse and occasionally drown out the Consort; nevertheless, when combined here with two very good soprano soloists, it makes for a very enjoyable programme.

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