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Two magnificent performances of Vivaldi's Vespers in an Australian Premiere Performance.Antonio Vivaldi, known in his day as “the Red Priest” (on account of his red hair), is known in our day mainly as the composer of 500-odd concertos, especially those called The Four Seasons. But he was also a prolific composer of church music, of which a splendid Gloria is the only piece to have achieved superstar status in our time. Much of his Vespers music awaits discovery by the larger musical public. For the opening and closing items we have only a single setting, but for the five intervening psalms we have to choose from an embarrassment of riches: for example, there are three wonderful settings of Dixit Dominus, of which only one must be selected. Most pieces are being performed for the first time in Australia.Katherine Norman, sopranoKristy Biber, sopranoChristopher Roache, altoDaniel Thomson, tenorJerzy Kozlowski, bassEnsemble Gombert & Accademia Arcadiadirected by John O’Donnell