Vivaldi: A Tale of Two Seasons - Concertos & Arias

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The title A Tale of Two Seasons has nothing to do with Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" violin concertos, but rather to two operatic seasons, those of 1717 and 1733, during which the works here might have arisen or at least been used. Due to the chaotic transmission of his music, much of it is difficult to precisely date, but the works here were likely associated with each other in two sets, one from the earlier season and one from the later. The combination of operatic arias and concertos is authentic, for Vivaldi and perhaps his student Pisendel are known to have performed concertos between acts of at least the first of these operas, and it was in this arena that the crossover ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The title A Tale of Two Seasons has nothing to do with Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" violin concertos, but rather to two operatic seasons, those of 1717 and 1733, during which the works here might have arisen or at least been used. Due to the chaotic transmission of his music, much of it is difficult to precisely date, but the works here were likely associated with each other in two sets, one from the earlier season and one from the later. The combination of operatic arias and concertos is authentic, for Vivaldi and perhaps his student Pisendel are known to have performed concertos between acts of at least the first of these operas, and it was in this arena that the crossover of style between opera and concerto that does so much to define Vivaldi's music seems to have taken place. British violinist Adrian Chandler and his ensemble La Serenissima do very well at bringing the relationships out. The group's style is a somewhat calmed-down version of the tumultuous operatic-instrumental style perfected by Italian players, and operatic reference such as the recitative-like slow movement of the "Violin Concerto in D major, RV 208 Il Grosso Mogul," receive their proper weight. The concertos, none of them common ones, range from interesting to spectacular. And the differences in Vivaldi's style between the 1717 and 1733 works here make it especially clear that Vivaldi as much invented as followed the emerging galant manner. The two arias from the incompletely preserved 1733 opera "Montezuma" make one want to hear more about that work and its presumably Mexican setting. If there's a weak point here it's the singing of mezzo soprano Sally Bruce-Payne, who lacks the fire required for the bigger vocal pieces. But in the main this is a state-of-the-art album for those wanting to get deeper into Vivaldi and how his music changed over the course of his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2013
  • Label: Avie
  • UPC: 822252228724
  • Catalog Number: 2287
  • Sales rank: 79,042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 L' Incoronazione di Dario, opera, RV 719: Sinfonia: 1. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & Reinhard Strohm (2:32)
  2. 2 L' Incoronazione di Dario, opera, RV 719: Sinfonia: 2. Andante - Antonio Vivaldi & Reinhard Strohm (2:23)
  3. 3 L' Incoronazione di Dario, opera, RV 719: Sinfonia: 3. Presto - Antonio Vivaldi & Reinhard Strohm (0:49)
  4. 4 L' Incoronazione di Dario, opera, RV 719: Ferri, ceppi, sangue, morte - Antonio Vivaldi & Sally Bruce-Payne (2:20)
  5. 5 Arsilda, regina di Ponto, opera in 3 acts, RV 700: Lo sento in questo seno - Antonio Vivaldi & Sally Bruce-Payne (5:12)
  6. 6 L' Incoronazione di Dario, opera, RV 719: SentirĂ² fra ramo - Antonio Vivaldi & Sally Bruce-Payne (5:28)
  7. 7–9 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major ("Il grosso Mogul"), RV 208 - Antonio Vivaldi & Reinhard Strohm (16:23)
  8. 10–12 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 367 - Antonio Vivaldi & Reinhard Strohm (14:06)
  9. 11 Montezuma, opera in 3 acts, RV 723: Quel rossor, ch'in volto miri - Antonio Vivaldi & Sally Bruce-Payne (7:20)
  10. 12 Montezuma, opera in 3 acts, RV 723: In mezzo alla procella - Antonio Vivaldi & Sally Bruce-Payne (5:07)
  11. 15–17 Violin Concerto (Sinfonia), for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 191 - Antonio Vivaldi & Reinhard Strohm (14:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sally Bruce-Payne Primary Artist
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