sabato 16 agosto 2014

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerti Alla Rustica

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The French traveller who remarked that the orphaned girls at the Pietà in Venice could play the violin, recorder, organ, oboe, cello and bassoon evidently was not overstepping the bounds of strict veracity; for in this new release from The English Concert we have concertos requiring all of those instruments at one time or another, and many more besides. The most colourful work here in respect of instrumentation is the Concerto in C major, RV558, a performance of which took place at the Pieta in 1740. Well known and well loved by Vivaldi enthusiasts it has suffered more than most from indifferent performances on record. Part of the problem lies in the obscure nature of certain of the concertino instruments. Chalumeaux or, at any rate, players of them, were much harder to find before the renewed interest in period instruments; and we may, perhaps, be forgiven for wondering what exactly Vivaldi had in mind when he called for violins in tromba marina. Pairs of recorders, mandolins, theorbos and a cello comprise the remainder of the concertino. A well-balanced programme imaginatively presented, affectionately performed and very well recorded. Strongly recommended.
-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [9/1986] 


1 - Concerto for Strings in G major, RV 151 ''Alla rustica''
2 - Concerto for Oboe and Violin in B flat major, RV 548
3 - Concerto in C major, RV 558 ''Con molti stromenti''
4 - Concerto for 2 Violins in G major, RV 516
5 - Concerto for Oboe in A minor, RV 461
6 - Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major, RV 532

The English Concert, dir. Trevor Pinnock
David Reichenberg, oboe - Simon Standage, violin
James Tyler & Robin Jeffrey, mandolin

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