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Vivaldi: Concertos & Sinfonias for strings
     

Vivaldi: Concertos & Sinfonias for strings

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by Venice Baroque Orchestra
 
Someone ought to get some t-shirts made that say "Vivaldi rocks!" At least that partly accounts for his popularity in the twenty first century; among the old masters, Antonio Vivaldi's sense of rhythmic dynamics and the gale-like force of many of his string concertos are close enough to the ever-enervating pulse of pop music that he has found an unlikely audience

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Someone ought to get some t-shirts made that say "Vivaldi rocks!" At least that partly accounts for his popularity in the twenty first century; among the old masters, Antonio Vivaldi's sense of rhythmic dynamics and the gale-like force of many of his string concertos are close enough to the ever-enervating pulse of pop music that he has found an unlikely audience among younger listeners. Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra's disc Vivaldi: Concerti & Sinfonie per Archi delivers these very kinds of goods, and will prove pleasing to Vivaldi fanciers of the younger set. However, for listeners whose tastes are a bit longer in the tooth, Vivaldi: Concerti & Sinfonie per Archi also provides a very useful tool in distinguishing what is different between Vivaldi works titled by him "Sinfonias" and those designated as "Concerto." Some older listeners are just waking up to the notion of variety in Vivaldi's music, living for too long under the mistaken apprehension that "Vivaldi wrote the same concerto 600 times." Certain cheaper record companies further complicate matters by issuing Vivaldi's sinfonias as "concertos", and there is a particularly persistent older recording of Vivaldi's "Sinfonia in G minor, RV 142," that repeatedly shows up as a concerto, driving some to distraction. To an academic, these distinctions are simply understood; a sinfonia is not a symphony, but an opera overture, and these tend to be shorter and somewhat pithier than Vivaldi's concertos, which also tend to feature solo instrumentalists or groups of them. However, there is an entire rank of some 38 concertos in which no solo instrument is specified, and the whole ensemble is seen as the "soloist"; in these cases, even some experts would be hard pressed to tell the difference between such pieces and Vivaldi's sinfonias. With Vivaldi: Concerti & Sinfonie per Archi the distinction is clear, and it is one of flavor as much as of form. One can almost hear the curtain rise in the sinfonias, whereas the concerti shows the musicians busily engaged in putting over exceedingly difficult ensemble jams -- it is as if whole band is functioning as a singer in one of Vivaldi's operas. For getting a grip on these issues, Vivaldi: Concerti & Sinfonie per Archi is terrific, and it is a heck of a good performance and recording as well. This one gets an easy "thumbs up."

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - David Vickers
Across 68 minutes Vivaldi seems to have a seemingly inexhaustible arsenal of tricks, but it's music that's never merely superficial.... Marcon directs vivid, strongly etched performances that often reach fiery intensity.... These are glory days for Vivaldi's music.
San Francisco Chronicle - Steven Winn
[A] pithy, tender and wonderful disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2006
Label:
Archiv Produktion
UPC:
0028947450924
catalogNumber:
000672802
Rank:
103986

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Tracks

  1. Sinfonia, for strings & continuo in C major, RV 111a
  2. Concerto for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 157
  3. Concerto for strings & continuo in D minor, RV 127
  4. Sinfonia, for strings & continuo in B minor, RV 168
  5. Concerto for strings & continuo in C major, RV 114
  6. Concerto for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 152
  7. Concerto for strings & continuo in D major, RV 121
  8. Concerto for strings & continuo in B flat major ("Conca"), RV 163
  9. Concerto for strings & continuo in C minor, RV 119
  10. Concerto for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 156
  11. Concerto for strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 167
  12. Sinfonia (Concerto), for strings & continuo in G major, RV 146

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