Editors' Notes Russian mezzo Julia Lezhneva unites with countertenor Franco Fagioli for a nicely varied collection of Vivaldi’s sacred music. The Gloria features invigorating string writing and a rousing choral contribution, while the Nisi Dominus has a heart-stoppingly beautiful “Cum dederit” that’s almost a barcarolle with its gently rocking motion. Diego Fasolis directs with terrific style, but it’s the two solo singers who make the biggest impression, blending gloriously when in duet: Lezhneva with a subdued passion and Fagioli rich and firm of tone.

Gloria in D Major, RV 589
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Nisi Dominus, RV 608
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Nulla in mundo pax, RV 630
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