ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741)

Concertos for Strings
and Diverse Instruments

The Modena Chamber Orchestra
Leader Francesco Calvi

BMC 12

 

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1. Concerto in d-minor op 3/11 for Strings, RV 565
      Allegro - Adagio e spiccato: Allegro - Largo e spiccato - Allegro

2. Concerto in g-minor for two cellos and orchestra, RV 531
     Allegro - Largo - Allegro

3. Concerto No. 31 in C Major for bassoon and orchestra, RV 476
     Allegro - Largo - Allegro

4. Concerto in a-minor for two oboes, strings and continuo, RV 536
      Allegro - Largo - Allegro

5. Concerto for two flutes, two shawms,
     two violins, two mandolins, two theorbos and cello in C, RV588
      Allegro - Andante - Allegro

6. Concerto in G for two mandolins, RV 532
      Allegro Andante Finale (allegro)

7. Concerto in b-minor op 3/10 for Strings, RV 580
     Allegro Largo, Larghetto - Allegro

Total time 70:10

Antonio Vivaldi was employed in Venice for most of his working life by the Ospedale della Pietà. Often termed an "orphanage", this Ospedale was in fact a home for the female offspring of noblemen and their numerous dalliances with their mistresses. The Ospedale was well endowed by the "anonymous" fathers; its furnishings bordered on the opulent, the young ladies were well looked-after, and the musical standards among the highest in Venice. This accounts to a major extent for the enormous variety of instrumentation in Vivaldi's output - they were written as "exercises" which he would play with his many talented pupils.

Of necessity, he would have needed to compose simple exercises for beginners, as well as richer, more complex works for his more advanced students. It goes without saying, that we have selected some of his best works for our present disc!

We have also chosen a selection of concertos with a wide range of instrumentation and tonal variety. This is a disc to enjoy from start to finish Vivaldi's best all the way!

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