Vivaldi’s Motet Laetatus sum (RV 607) performed by the Grammy award winning San Francisco Girls Chorus and Voices of Music. Live, 4K ultra high definition video from the Berkeley Early Music Festival, June 2018. The San Francisco Girls Chorus directed by Valérie Sainte-Agathe; Voices of Music directed by Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler.
Vivaldi set the verses of the Psalm as a strophic hymn, with elegant variation of the recurring rhythms to give each verse an individual character. He then added an angular, arpeggiated countermelody for the violins that ruffles the close-knit texture of the voices. For this performance, Voices of Music has arranged the choral parts for SSAA, as was the custom in Vivaldi’s time. This performance is the premiere of this new arrangement. Laetatus sum (Psalm 121/122) Laetatus sum in his quae dicta sunt mihi: In domum Domini ibimus. Stantes erant pedes nostri, in atriis tuis, Jerusalem. Jerusalem, quae aedificatur ut civitas: cujus participatio ejus in idipsum. Illuc enim ascenderunt tribus, tribus Domini: testimonium Israël, ad confitendum nomini Domini. Quia illic sederunt sedes in judicio, sedes super domum David. Rogate quae ad pacem sunt Jerusalem, et abundantia diligentibus te. Fiat pax in virtute tua, et abundantia in turribus tuis. Propter fratres meos et proximos meos, loquebar pacem de te. Propter domum Domini Dei nostri, quaesivi bona tibi. I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord. We stood in your courts, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem, built as a city, continuous and secure. There did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, with the testimony of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord. Here are the thrones of judgment; the thrones of the House of David Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. For the sake of my family and friends, I say, “May you have peace.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.