“As a specialist of Vivaldi’s music, Jean-Christophe Spinosi is aware of the permeability of the boundaries between sacred music and opera…The conductor and his musicians are past masters in spotlighting the key words to which Vivaldi brings his special colours and underlining the oppositions that the composer deployed so liberally”, reported Le Monde de la musique.
This intense life that is so deeply engraved in the Nisi Dominus and the Stabat Mater, felt and revived for our modern era by the Matheus Ensemble and their conductor, nourishes the generous voices of Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Philippe Jaroussky: the former “expresses with rare nobility the pain of the woman who suffers and the compassion of the woman who recounts”, the latter, the “voice of the soul”.
Since their 2003 revival of Vivaldi’s 'Orlando furioso', Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Jaroussky and Jean-Christophe Spinosi have been united in a beautiful and enduring win-win love affair with and around music. While they may pair off with Rossini or Handel, they come together again as a threesome for Vivaldi. [!] Recorded in 2007.