Groovy new recording of a new Vivaldi “Dixit Dominus”

No grooves, as it turns out.  It’s all digital now, isn’t it?

A reader passed news to me that La Nuova Musica recorded a newly identified Dixit Dominus (a common first antiphon for Sunday vespers), by Vivaldi.  It was previously thought to be by Baldassare Galuppi. Also on the recording Handel’s Dixit Dominus, HWV 232.    Also, Vivaldi’s In furore iustissimae irae featuring soprano Lucy Crowe.

It was music like this that made me turn away from Lutheranism when I was a kid.

Here is a really video about making the recording (now on my wishlist).  Looks and sounds like original instruments.  And they look so young!


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  1. JabbaPapa says:

    It was music like this that made me turn away from Lutheranism when I was a kid

    I see that Father Vivaldi continues his priestly work of Evangelisation :-)

  2. I would love my Schola to learn this, and maybe use it if the Psalm is used at Mass or Vespers (EF). This video has just pushed me to order the Organ Transcriptions.

    I have always loved the Gloria Patri movement though, what a great ending to the Suite!

  3. misserdoodles says:

    Sounds like Assumption Grotto’s choir. Beautiful

  4. VexillaRegis says:

    Deus Salus Nostra: Vivaldi’s Dixit RV807 would indeed be really fun to play on the organ, but I can’t seem to find a transcription to order! Only transcriptions of RV595 show up. I love the way Vivaldi illustrates that The LORD is talking by breaking the rules of harmonisation: Dix-it /T/ Dix-it /D/ Do-mi-/S/nus/D/, thus getting a parallel 5th in the outer parts when he moves from the /D/ to the /S/. I nearly fell off my sofa. Vivaldi rocks!

  5. Lucas Whittaker says:

    Father Z: How wonderful that beauty is what attracted you to the faith! I too was drawn by beauty. But in my case it was the beautiful architechture of the local parish to which I felt drawn It was a beauty that directed one’s gaze toward the shining tabernacle that was nestled into a beautiful high altar–a small golden box when compared with the rest of the structure, that struck me as unusual until I came somewhat to understand the Eucharistic Jesus. The beautiful requires the reaction of the whole man, doesn’t it? Balthasar wrote: “the whole person then enters into a state of vibration and becomes responsive space, the ‘sounding box’ of the event of beauty occuring within him…And it becomes clear at once that faith in the full Christian sense can be nothing other than this: to make the whole man a space that responds to the divine content”, “Faith attunes man to this sound”. My wife, Ann, and I are now fortunate enough to live only six miles from another beautiful parish, St. Agnes, where we are proud to make our “home”, as it were. What a gift! Right?

    Thanks for the heads up on this great recording of the Vivaldi “dixit dominus”.

  6. VexillaRegis: I have searched this morning and I am unable to find a transription as of yet. But quite frankly my friend, if I can’t find one, I’ll make one up! :D

  7. Darren says:

    Ah! Padre Antonio Vivaldi! My favorite among baroque composers (and not because he was a priest). You can pick out his unique sound… if I did not know and I just heard that I would have said, “that’s Vivaldi!”

    Some years ago the Raritan River Music Festival in NJ had a performance almost all Vivaldi music on baroque period instruments, and it was wonderful. It was interesting that between each movement they had to re-tune the strings as it was a very humid day. They were not made of polymer and other modern materials back in their time.

  8. VexillaRegis says:

    Thanks Chicken, but I’m looking for an organ transcription of RV 807, not the full score (quite impractical to play from, you have to turn pages every 8th bar or so…)

    Deus Salus Nostra: ;-), so will I, but I’m lazy and prefer buying sheet music to arranging pieces myself.

  9. av8er says:

    I played Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in high school.. Had no idea he was a priest. It was a public school but my conductor and easily half the orchestra members were catholic. Big Italian and Irish neighborhood.

  10. Charles E Flynn says:

    For those of you who wonder if anything new can be done with Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”:
    CD Review: Vivaldi by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, reviewed by the highly-credible Robert Levine, most of whose reviews are published at

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  12. Cathy says:

    An awesome story about Vivaldi’s requiem, and an awesome insight into music.

  13. Cathy says:

    My apologies, Verdi’s requiem.

  14. tealady24 says:

    Ah, the red priest! Vivaldi has been one of my favorites since my son was in kindergarten. It was then, waiting in the car for the schoolbus, that I would hear his music and there was no turning back! I’m so glad to see young people as captivated by these beauties as the rest of us!

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