Nisi Dominus, RV 608
Concerto per la Santissima Assontione di Maria Vergine, RV 581
Salve Regina, HWV 241
The human voice soars with instrumental freedom in a program of gorgeous sacred works featuring rising young singers under the baton of early music specialist Paul Agnew. Virtuosic vocal "concertos" by Handel and Vivaldi are heard alongside the Pergolesi Stabat Matera profoundly moving portrait of a mother's grief. The exciting Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński makes his Music of the Baroque debut.