Laudate! (2016)

Vivaldi

Tulipa Consort, Johannette Zomer

Several years ago I founded my own ensemble, the Tulipa Consort. As a singer I have the privilege of performing with countless conductors, orchestras and choirs at the most beautiful and unique venues in the world. It gives me great delight to sing, but so often in the run-up to the concerts compromises have to be made between the performers (especially between conductor and singer) so that they can agree on the approach, and this is often no easy task. Working with my own ensemble has given me artistic freedom from the very beginning, for by selecting my own repertoire and musicians I feel entirely at home in the music, which greatly benefits the performance. For the first CD by the Tulipa Consort I have chosen sacred music by Antonio Vivaldi. The idea occured to me several years ago when I sang his Laudate Pueri in Montreal with the cellist Jaap ter Linden. I was moved and impressed by the diversity of this work. Vivaldi is too often associated only with the Four Seasons and the Gloria, while there is so much more. This soon became apparent when I began to compile a programme around Laudate pueri: the somewhat slower pieces in particular, such as the second movement of Laudate pueri, ‘Sit nomen Domine’ and the second aria from RV 631 ‘Rosa quae moritur’, proved to possess great depth and beauty. And we simply had to include the lively ‘Ascende Laeta’, which bubbles and foams with joy. I hope you will enjoy listening to this repertoire just as much as we, the Tulipa Consort, have enjoyed performing it.   Johannette Zomer

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Johannette Zomer

After several years as a microbiologist, Dutch SopranoJohannette Zomer trained at the Sweelink Conservatorium,Amsterdam with Charles van Tassel. She currently studieswith Diane Forlano.Johannette made her opera debut as Tebaldo in Don Carlowith the Nationale Reisopera and has gone on to sing Belinda– Dido & Aeneas, La Musica & Euridice – L’Orfeo,Gassman’s Opera – Seria, Dalinda – Ariodante, Ilia – Idomeneo,Pamina – Die Zauberflöte and Amanda – Le GrandeMacabre for the company. She has also sung Oberto in Alcinaat the Komische Oper. On the concert platform she has aenviable reputation as a baroque specialist working with manyof the top conductors in the field such as Ton Koopman,Frans Bru?ggen, René Jacobs, Reinhardt Goebel and PaulMcCreesh as well as collaborating for 20th century and contemporaryrepertoire with Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding,Valery Gergiev, Reinbert de Leeuw and Peter Eötvös. Herrecent engagements have included Bach B Minor Mass with the Tonhalle Orchestra/Bru?ggen, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo with the Bamberger Symfoniker/Christian Zacharias.She regularly gives recitals with fortepianist Arthur Schoonderwoerd with whom she has recordedSchubert Songs for Alpha Records and is a member of the early music ensembles Compania Vocale andAntequera with whom she sings Neapolitan and Spanish baroque repertoire and medieval Cantigas.Johannette’s recent and future plans include projects of Handel and Frank Martin with the RiasKammerchor/Daniel Reuss; Bach and Buxtehude with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Koopman,Handel with Collegium Vocale, Gent and Gluck and Buxtehude with The Netherlands Bach Soc

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Laudate! (2016)

Vivaldi

Tulipa Consort, Johannette Zomer

    Klassieke Zaken

(...) de Emma Kirby van de lage landen (...) Samenvattend: Vivaldi is altijd opwindend en Johannette Zomer zingt altijd ademstokkend mooi. (...)

    OperaNederland - CD of the Month -

Bij Johannette Zomer is emotie en esthetiek gegarandeerd.

    Audio Review

(...) Needless to say Zomer sings in a suitably authentic manner, eschewing such expressive devices as variable vibrato and unbroken legato phrasing.

    NRC

(...) Zomers vroeger extreem strakke geluid is gerijpt, de interpretaties zijn prettig en liefdevol.

    Luister 9

Ensemble en solist zijn goed in balans, dat is zeker ook een verdienste van de opname techniek – levendig en direct. (...) Dit is een Vivaldi voor luisteraars bij wie oprechte vreugde en dankbaarheid de juiste snaar raken. (...)

    Noordhollands Dagblad

(...) De sopraan heeft lekker ‘natuurlijk’, nooit te veel spektakel, maar accent op samenspel met orkest en het vertellen van inhoud. (...)

    Opusklassiek

(...) Vivaldi op zijn best, dankzij de gloedvolle sopraan Johannette Zomer (...) zeer fraaie strijkersklank (...) Zomer dringt door tot het wezen van de muziek en daardoor weet ze te ontroeren. (...) Een formidabele cd.

    Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

Johannette Zomers interpretaties zijn een combinatie van vocale schoonheid en een expressieve tekstbehandeling en het Tulipa Consort begeleidt haar op hetzelfde niveau. (...) Ook solistisch is hun niveau hoog: in Sinfonia Al Santo Sepolcro wordt de melancholieke sfeer perfect getroffen.

Laudate! (2016)

Vivaldi

Tulipa Consort, Johannette Zomer

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Sinfonia in D major RV 125 - Allegro
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Sinfonia in D major RV 125 - Adagio
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Sinfonia in D major RV 125 - Allegro
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Ascende laeta (Introduzione al Dixit) RV 635 - Allegro
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Ascende laeta (Introduzione al Dixit) RV 635 - Recitativo
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Ascende laeta (Introduzione al Dixit) RV 635- Presto
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from Juditha Triumphans RV 644 - Vivat in pace
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from Juditha Triumphans RV 644 - Transit aetas
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O qui coeli terraeque serenitas RV 631 - Allegro
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O qui coeli terraeque serenitas RV 631 - Recitativo
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O qui coeli terraeque serenitas RV 631 - Largo
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O qui coeli terraeque serenitas RV 631 - Allegro
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from Juditha Triumphans RV 644 - Umbrae carae
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Sinfonia Al Santo Sepolcro RV 169 - Adagio Molto
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Sinfonia Al Santo Sepolcro RV 169 - Allegro ma poco
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Laudate pueri in C minor RV 600 - Allegro
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Laudate pueri in C minor RV 600 - Largo
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Laudate pueri in C minor RV 600 - Allegro
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Laudate pueri in C minor RV 600 - Andante
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Laudate pueri in C minor RV 600 - Largo
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Laudate pueri in C minor RV 600 - Presto
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Laudate pueri in C minor RV 600 - Allegro
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Laudate pueri in C minor RV 600 - Largo
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Laudate pueri in C minor RV 600 - Allegro
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