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Vivaldi: Concerti per Archi, Vol. 2
     

Vivaldi: Concerti per Archi, Vol. 2

by Rinaldo Alessandrini
 
Part of a large Vivaldi edition issued by Italian historical-instrument specialist Rinaldo Alessandrini and his Concerto Italiano, this is the second album devoted to Vivaldi's Concerti per archi, or concertos for strings. Alessandrini uses just one instrument per part here, and although his usual orchestra

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Part of a large Vivaldi edition issued by Italian historical-instrument specialist Rinaldo Alessandrini and his Concerto Italiano, this is the second album devoted to Vivaldi's Concerti per archi, or concertos for strings. Alessandrini uses just one instrument per part here, and although his usual orchestra at the Ospedale della Pietà girls' residence was clearly larger, it's hard to argue with his choice for these pieces, especially inasmuch as it's not clear exactly how they were used (the booklet also argues that they were related to the 17th-century sonata a quattro, further suggesting a small-ensemble approach). These are almost miniatures, three-movement works with each movement just a bit over one minute long (or two minutes in a few cases), and the smaller ensemble scale fits them. So does Alessandrini's characteristically vigorous, punchy approach, scaled down from his quasi-operatic readings of larger instrumental works but losing nothing in highly percussive attacks and stirring, rapid tempos. Not everyone buys this turbo-Vivaldi approach, but it works especially well here. Each of these little movements seems to be exploring a particular possibility of Vivaldi's language, and while 33 of them in a row may seem like a lot, anyone hooked on Vivaldi won't find the album tedious in the least. Together with strong engineering from Naïve and some typically wild graphics that could have come out of Vogue magazine -- or might even have been too far out there for Vogue -- this is another fine entry in Alessandrini's series.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2014
Label:
Naive
UPC:
0709861305544
catalogNumber:
30554

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Tracks

  1. Concerto for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 157
  2. Concerto for strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 166
  3. Concerto for strings & continuo in D minor, RV 127
  4. Concerto for strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 164
  5. Concerto for strings & continuo in D minor, RV 128
  6. Concerto for strings & continuo in A major, RV 160
  7. Concerto for strings & continuo in C major, RV 110
  8. Concerto for strings & continuo in C minor, RV 119
  9. Concerto alla rustica, for strings & continuo in G major, RV 151
  10. Sinfonia (Concerto), for strings & continuo in E minor, RV 134
  11. Concerto for strings & continuo in G major, RV 150: Allegro

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