It is coupled here with three works by the latter held in the same library, also
premieres, as far as I can tell.
Conductor Peter Kopp founded the Körnerscher Sing-Verein (a mixed chorus
of about thirty voices) in 1993, and the group has two previous discs for
Carus, both of 18th-century music for Christmas from Dresden. With a
well-tuned and light choral sound, they make a good impression here, as does
the accompanying band, on period instruments.Kopp’s tempi tend to be on the
quick side, though rarely sounding rushed (the exception being the Tecum
principium of the Vivaldi, for two tenors). I could well imagine these
works making a more charming impression with a less-hurried pace, especially
the very galant psalms of Galuppi. These are not profound works, but
nevertheless Kopp could dig deeper for inflections. One gets the impression
that one is skimming over the surface.
The vocal soloists are fluent and bright, the exception being the
contralto Sara Mingardo, with what sound to me like artificially darkened
vowels. Here she is out of context. Paul Agnew displays an excellent
coloratura in the Dominus a dextris tuis of the Vivaldi.
To sum up, a worthwhile exploration of little-known music, that sheds some
light on the styles leading to the creations of the Viennese masters of the
close of the century.