VIVAT international distribution
VIVAT now has distribution in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA. We are thrilled to be working with such committed partners widely across the world. Full details of our distributors come on the Distribution page.
Our latest release is Carolyn Sampson’s stunning Handel disc, “Abbandonata”, which has attracted fine reviews across the world. Partnered by The King’s Consort, with whom she has been strongly associated throughout her professional career, Carolyn performs four of Handel’s finest Italian cantatas, linked by the theme of abandoned women. In Armida abbandonata the heroine tries, and fails, to abandon the love that has abandoned her. Storms, passion, monsters, yearning, heartache, anguish and finally resignation are all portrayed in this strongest of cantatas. Even more powerful emotions are conjured up in Agrippina condotta a morire. The mother of the crazed emperor Nero is ruthless, ambitious, scheming, domineering, violent and beautiful. Realising that she has been betrayed by her own son, her emotions swing through disbelief, injustice, fury, resentment, grief, betrayal, resilience, pride, self-pity, humiliation, thwarted vengeance and finally come to resignation. Handel pushes all the boundaries, showing techniques that were to be incorporated into his works for decades to come in music of astonishing originality. Carolyn Sampson powerfully captures the drama in full-blooded, committed performances. The disc also contains the delicious cantata Tra le fiamme, in which the familiar myth of the craftsman Daedalus, whose over-ambitious son Icarus destroyed himself by flying too close to the sun and melting the wax of the wings his father had made, is framed by the parallel image of a butterfly attracted, equally dangerously, to an entrancing flame. Handel’s colourfully scored setting includes pairs of recorders and violins, oboe and a virtuosic viola da gamba obbligato: a demonstration of his lifelong craftsmanship in dovetailing voice and instruments.
Our Lieder and Song series Decades has already reached its third volume. Across the series a host of renowned singers are drawing listeners, decade by decade, through a century of song from 1810 to 1910. Each volume presents a well-planned, varied programme, but overall the series also holds a wider aim, building a comprehensive survey of song right through the nineteenth century and, in doing so, is creating an invaluable teaching asset. A veritable Who’s Who of singers is enhanced by the presence of some of the brightest newcomers: major talents such as Anush Hovhannisyan, Sylvia Schwartz and Luis Gomes rub shoulders with Sarah Connolly and Ann Murray, Michael Schade and Florian Boesch, Christopher Maltman and Angelika Kirchschlager, all accompanied by the series’ creator, pianist Malcolm Martineau.
Due for release over the coming months are the fourth volume of Decades, and a much-awaited recording of countertenor duets by Purcell and Blow from Iestyn Davies.