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Waytes and Vivaldi’s Angels

Music from the English Renaissance with Piffaro and choral music by Vivaldi with Ensemble Caprice.

men and women in black with instruments

Photo: Andrew Pinkham

Piffaro (l to r: Grant Herreid, Joan Kimball, Robert Wiemken, Priscilla Smith, Greg Ingles, Christa Patton, and Tom Zajac).

Waytes – English Music for a Renaissance Band

Directed by Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken, the Renaissance band Piffaro is one of the world’s finest early wind ensembles. Their latest Navona label release of music from the English Renaissance is a journey through a world filled with beautiful songs and dances. Piffaro brings the music to life in the unique way they’re known for—with spirit, character, and poetry.

Roberr Parsons: The song called trumpets
Piffaro/Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken — Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Band (Navona, 2010)
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Gloria! – Vivaldi’s Angels

Antonio Vivaldi was employed during his lifetime at the Venetian orphanage known as the Ospedale della Pietà. There he taught music and composed for its talented students. A recent release by Ensemble Caprice on the Analekta label looks at Vivaldi works for those students, including two choral works not recorded with the ytpical combination of men and women’s voices, but as was heard at the Ospedale—a vocal ensemble solely comprised of women singing all parts.

The result is a stunning performance full of beautiful sonorities with rich and evocative textures.

Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D Major, RV 589, XII. Allegro “Cum sancto spiritu”
Ensemble Caprice/Matthias Maute — Gloria! - Vivaldi’s Angels (Analekta, 2008)
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Roberr Parsons: The song called trumpets
Piffaro/Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken — Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Band (Navona, 2010)
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Anonymous: French king's masque
Piffaro/Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken — Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Band (Navona, 2010)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D Major, RV 589, XII. Allegro “Cum sancto spiritu”
Ensemble Caprice/Matthias Maute — Gloria! - Vivaldi’s Angels (Analekta, 2008)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat, RV 610, IV. Presto “Fecit potentiam”
Ensemble Caprice/Matthias Maute — Gloria! - Vivaldi’s Angels (Analekta, 2008)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat, RV 610, V. Presto “Deposuit potentes”
Ensemble Caprice/Matthias Maute — Gloria! - Vivaldi’s Angels (Analekta, 2008)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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