San José Symphonic Choir
Ordinary People Making Extraordinary Music
The Gloria, one of Vivaldi’s most uplifting works, provides a glorious musical setting to an ancient liturgical text. The text of the Gloria begins with one of the more theatrical passages of the Bible, the angel’s announcement of the Nativity to the shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will”. Vivaldi portrays this moment with a bold orchestral statement: resounding trumpet calls and ecstatic octave leaps invoking the heavenly host, and a wall of sound from the chorus. The following movements provide contemplation, solos both joyous and pleading, and jewel-like moments of intertwined instrumental and choral forces.
Be our guest @home for this latest SJSC performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, recorded with Cal Arte Ensemble. This virtual performance has been created during the COVID pandemic of 2020 by singers and instrumentalists who each recorded themselves at home. The resulting individual tracks were compiled by chief video creator Julian Brown to achieve the sound of musicians performing together, as we fervently wish we were.
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