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The listener may be surprised to find such familiar works as Vivaldi's Gloria and Magnificat on a recording of music for women's choir. Conductor Matthias Maute offers this rationale for this unusual presentation of works that were scored for mixed voices. The composer wrote these, and many of his works, for the girls and young women of the Venetian orphanage Ospedale della Pietà, and the odds are strong that the girls (who were kept in strict isolation from men) would have sung the lower parts transposed to a higher octave ...

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