Quite a bit of ground to cover here. First, I must say that this is another of those potentially huge personal discoveries. I really thought I'd have nothing to do with Vivaldi after the brain death produced by the ubiquitous four seasons, but that was because I'd never heard any of his vocal music. Now, I have. Whether he will make the same impact as Handel on me, I don't know. I guess he won't; but I might as well give up predicting how my tastes will change - my track record is so poor!
I've been looking for some time at the set of CDs produced by King's Consort on Hyperion which, in total, cover all of Vivaldi's sacred music. Listening to the many, many samples on Hyperion's website, I came to the conclusion that a lot of this music was right up my street, and very lovely indeed. You can get the whole set in a single box, but at £75 full price that was a huge investment. Even on Amazon the cheapest I could find was £60.
Then today I discovered that Hyperion have started a new sale on ALL their CDs. The price of the Vivaldi box set was reduced to £66. Still too much - right? But on purchases over £60 from the Hyperion website, you get a discount of 25%. And sure enough, when I pushed a box set through to the online checkout, the price asked, including postage, was less than £50. So I bought one. If you've ever been tempted by this set, now's the time to buy one.