Lotte Bovi & l'Ora Blù

Vibrant Venice

Venice, during the time of Vivaldi, Jommelli, and Porpora, was a city pulsating with musicality: everyone made music, lived from opera to opera, the baker delivered his bread singing, people spontaneously sang songs on the streets. In short, Venice was a bustling city, vibrating with the most beautiful tones and harmonies, produced by its residents and composers.

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About the album

Venice, during the time of Vivaldi, Jommelli, and Porpora, was a city pulsating with musicality: everyone made music, lived from opera to opera, the baker delivered his bread singing, people spontaneously sang songs on the streets. In short, Venice was a bustling city, vibrating with the most beautiful tones and harmonies, produced by its residents and composers.

The three composers on this CD have one thing in common: they all worked at two of the 4 orphanages that Venice was rich in, the Ospedaledella Pieta and the Ospedale degli Incurabili. In the 18th century, orphaned children were placed in orphanages that also guaranteed a solid musical education.

Vivaldi taught violin and later worked as a composer at the Ospedale della Pieta, Porpora and Jommelli were both associated with the Ospedale degli Incurabili. They wrote numerous works for these young students. The Ospedale della pieta was a orphanage specifically for girls. The girls from this Ospedale became world-famous, and people came from all over Europe to Venice to witness the singing angels behind bars, whose faces were invisible.

These composers must be seen against the backdrop of the ever-moving Venice. The composers contributed significantly to the city enveloped in sounds, where carnival was celebrated for 6 months a year.

Lotte Bovi and the l’Ora Blu Orchestra have tried to capture this dynamism in a very personal performance. With this album, they attempt to make the heartbeat of the vibrant Venice of yesteryear resonate. The free republic of Venice where, alongside life, the fine arts were celebrated, where people partied, made music, loved, sang, and gambled, but at the same time, worked incredibly hard. In short, a Vibrant Venice.

Tracklist click to play/pause

  • Nicola Porpora

    Salve Regina in F major

    1. I. Salve Regina
      4:01 Play button Pause button 4:01
    2. II. Ad te clamamus
      2:05 Play button Pause button 2:05
    3. III. Ad te suspiramus
      2:13 Play button Pause button 2:13
    4. IV. Eia ergo, advocata nostra
      1:18 Play button Pause button 1:18
    5. V. Illos tuos misericordes oculos
      2:55 Play button Pause button 2:55
    6. VI. O clemens, o pia
      2:28 Play button Pause button 2:28
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    La verità in cimento, RV 739

    1. I. Sinfonia
      2:00 Play button Pause button 2:00
    2. II. Solo quella guancia bella
      2:58 Play button Pause button 2:58
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    l’Olimpiade, RV 725: Mentre dormi, amor fomenti

    7:03 Play button Pause button 7:03
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Juditha Triumphans, RV 644: Armatae face et anguibus

    3:27 Play button Pause button 3:27
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Il Giustino, RV 717: Vedrò con mio diletto

    4:57 Play button Pause button 4:57
  • Niccolò Jommelli

    La Betulia liberata: Prigionier che fa ritorno

    8:45 Play button Pause button 8:45

More information

Label TRPTK
Genre(s) Classical – Baroque (1600-1750)
Artist(s) l'Ora Blu
Lotte Bovi
Composer(s) Jommelli, Niccolò
Porpora, Nicola
Vivaldi, Antonio
Recording location(s) Oude Kerk, Rotterdam (NL)
Recording date(s) May 2023
Cat. No.

TTK 0116

Release date

February 23rd, 2024

Additional links

Download Booklet(PDF)

Tech specs

Microphones

Josephson C617 w/ Gefell MK221 capsules (main)
Josephson C42 (height)

Microphone preamps

Grace Design m801mk2

AD/DA conversion

Merging Technologies Hapi MkII
Merging Technologies Anubis
Grimm Audio CC2

Recording resolution

DSD 11.2MHz 1bit

Mastering resolution

PCM 352.8kHz 64bit

Monitoring (recording)

Audeze LCD-X

Monitoring (mastering)

Grimm Audio LS1be
Grimm Audio SB1

Cabling

Purecable Optimus Link Microphone Cables
Purecable Optimus Power
Purecable Prime DIG75 Wordclock Cable

"On the aptly titled Vibrant Venice, the pairing of baroque ensemble and singer produces sterling results—a partnership Bovi and l'Ora Blù should definitely continue."

Ron Schepper, Textura

"Not just for lovers of this genre, but for all those who appreciate exceptional musical quality, this is a release that in my humble opinion should not be missed. After my accolades about the soloist, I must extend my greatest compliments to the musicians. Their role is much more than just accompaniment. They have provided the fundament on which this Vibrant Venture could turn into a joy to listen to, time after time."

Adrian Quanjer, HRAudio

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