Vivaldi : Juditha Triumphans
Antonio Vivaldi’s splendid oratorio, Juditha Triumphans (1716) relates the brilliant epic of Judith triumphing over the invasion of the tyrant Holofernes.
To illustrate the conflict between Venice and the Ottoman Empire, Vivaldi’s score deploys treasures of imagination and a remarkably varied palette. The instrumentation is particularly unusual, with rare colors like baroque clarinets, mandolins, pipes, viola d’amore, five viola all’inglese and no less than four theorbs playing together with the traditional strings, oboes, trumpets and drums. The exceptional cast will be led by Beate Kielland and Malena Ernman. The recording of Juditha Triumphans by The King’s Consort was acclaimed by the international press.
Robert King who has given magnificent concerts dedicated to Handel in Versailles is also a wonderful specialist of his contemporary Vivaldi: he serves him with his usual seriousness and enthusiasm.