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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

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Vivaldi - Cello Concertos

Vivaldi - Cello Concertos


Vivaldi:

Cello Concerto in G minor, RV416

Cello Concerto in A minor, RV420

Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos, RV531

Cello Concerto in C minor, RV401

Cello Concerto in G minor, RV417

Cello Concerto in A minor, RV418

Cello Concerto in G major, RV415

attributed to Vivaldi


Jonathan Cohen (cello) & Sarah McMahon (cello)

The King’s Consort, Robert King (director, harpsichord)

“Cohen is an expressive player with a feeling for articulate phrasing who responds readily to the poetry of slow movements… The King's Consort under Robert King's direction from the harpsichord offers stylish and alert support throughout.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2006 ****

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Vivaldi: Concerti con molti istromenti

Vivaldi: Concerti con molti istromenti


Vivaldi:

Concerto for Multiple Instruments in G minor RV574

for violin, two oboes, bassoon, two horns and strings

Concerto funebre in B flat major RV579

for oboe, chalumeau, violin, three viole all’inglese and strings

Concerto in D major RV562

for violin, two oboes, two horns and strings

Concerto in F major RV97

for viola d’amore, two horns, two oboes and bassoon

Concerto in D major RV781

for two trumpets and strings

Concerto for mixed instruments RV555

for two recorders, oboe, chalumeau, violin, two viole all’inglese, two violins ‘in tromba marina’, two harpsichords and strings

Concerto in D minor, RV566

for two recorders, two oboes, bassoon, two violins and strings


Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Vivaldi’s multiple-instrument concertos!

The term ‘con molti istromenti’ (Vivaldi’s own) refers not so much to the literal number of instruments involved as to their variety and unusual deployment. For an Italian concerto of the period to use wind instruments at all would be unusual; Vivaldi combines recorders, oboes, chalumeaux, horns and bassoons alongside a wide-ranging complement of strings, itself including viole all’inglese and the even more obscure violins ‘in tromba marina’.

The composer’s opportunity to write such works arose largely from the talented pool of girls available at the Pietà orphanage in Venice. These expert musicians would turn their hands to whatever Vivaldi could possibly desire and the resultant scoring is colourful (sometimes outrageously so) and inexhaustibly inventive.

“A winning programme” Early Music Today

“A fascinating collection of unusually-scored concerti” Classic CD

“Urgently recommended” Fanfare

“An entertaining, well-played set, sure to charm all Vivaldians” BBC Music Magazine

“Real gems for Vivaldi lovers” Early Music Review

“Why mince words? This collection is one of the best Vivaldi records I have heard since I began reviewing records 40 years ago. Every movement is sheer delight” American Record Guide

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Vivaldi: La Pastorella

Vivaldi: La Pastorella

and other chamber concertos


Vivaldi:

Concerto in G minor, RV105

Concerto in D major RV95 'La Pastorella'

Concerto in G minor, RV107

Concerto in C major RV87

Trio Sonata in A minor RV86

Concerto in D major RV94


Chandos Baroque Players

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Vivaldi: Lute & Mandolin Concertos

Vivaldi: Lute & Mandolin Concertos


Vivaldi:

Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532

Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 85

Concerto in C major for mandolin/lute, RV425

Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93

Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 82

Concerto for Viola d'Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540


Paul O'Dette (baroque lute, soprano lute & mandolin)

The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman & Peter Holman

“The performances are ‘authentic’ in the best meaning of the word, and the recorded sound is everywhere first rate” Gramophone Magazine

“This is easily the most thoroughly produced Vivaldi lute record yet to come my way” Hi-Fi News

“Excellent” International Record Review

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Vivaldi - Music for Lute and Mandolin

Vivaldi - Music for Lute and Mandolin


Vivaldi:

Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532

Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 85

Concerto in C major for mandolin/lute, RV425

Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93

Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 82

Concerto for Viola d'Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540


Paul O'Dette (baroque lute, soprano lute, mandolin)

The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman, Peter Holman

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Vivaldi - Opera Arias and Sinfonias

Vivaldi - Opera Arias and Sinfonias


Vivaldi:

Griselda: Agitata da due venti

Allegro from Griselda

Andante from Griselda

Minuetto. Allegretto from Griselda

Ombre vane, ingiusti orrori from Griselda

Non ti lusinghi la crudeltade from Tito Manlio

L’ombre, l’aure, e ancora il rio from Ottone in villa

with Liliana Mazzarri (soprano)

Gelosia, tu già rendi l’alma mia from Ottone in villa

Ferma, Teodosio from L’Atenaide

Non mi lusinga vana speranza from L’incoronazione di Dario

Se mai senti spirarti sul volto from Catone in Utica

Se in campo armato from Catone in Utica


“There’s never really a dull moment. Emma Kirkby copes with the challenges of Vivaldi’s incredibly demanding vocal writing with style, catching the mood of each aria perfectly...This is a well thought-out recording, full of lovely moments. It’s the kind of CD I can imagine listeners returning to time and time again. A real treat.” Claire Rogers, bbc.co.uk, 1st August 2007

“A disc which will delight both Vivaldi enthusiasts and lovers of Baroque music generally. Excellent recorded sound and strongly recommended on all counts” Gramophone Magazine

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Vivaldi Recorder Concertos

Vivaldi Recorder Concertos


Vivaldi:

Recorder Concerto in C minor, RV441

Recorder Concerto in C major, RV444

Concerto in A minor, RV 108

Piccolo Concerto in A minor, RV 445

Concerto in F major RV442

Flautino Concerto in C major, RV443


Peter Holtslag (treble and sopranino recorders)

The Parley Of Instruments, Peter Holman

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Vivaldi - Sacred Music 1

Vivaldi - Sacred Music 1


Vivaldi:

Magnificat RV610a (version for double choir)

Lauda, Jerusalem, RV609

Kyrie, RV587

Credo, RV591

Dixit Dominus, RV594


Susan Gritton, Lisa Milne (sopranos), Catherine Denley (alto), Lynton Atkinson (tenor), David Wilson-Johnson (bass)

King's Consort, Robert King

Gramophone Critic's Choice

“King's 'super-group' featuring choristers drawn from seven English cathedral and collegiate choirs sounds better than ever – technically reliable, with a good, full sound – and are a credit to King's vision in bringing them together. This volume has five typically uplifting works, three of which – Lauda Jerusalem, Dixit Dominus and the G minor Kyrie – offer the opulent sound of double choir and orchestra. Dixit Dominus is the most substantial, a colourful 23-minute sequence of varied solos and choruses, with trumpets, oboes and two organs all chipping in, most notably in an awe-inspiring depiction of the Day of Judgement. The other two are perhaps less striking, though Lauda Jerusalem is certainly charming in its two-soprano interchanges.
Highlights of the single-chorus works include another exquisite soprano duet and a fiery 'Fecit potentiam' in the Magnificat, and an extraordinary 'Crucifixus' in the Credo which departs from the pain-wracked norm by seemingly depicting with lugubrious slow tread Christ's walk to Calvary. King manages very well in capturing the essence of Vivaldi's bold, sometimes disarmingly straightforward style. These tidy performances are driven with just the right amount of springy energy – neither too much nor too little – and are well recorded in the warm resonance of St Jude's Church, Hampstead in London.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Vivaldi - Sacred Music 2

Vivaldi - Sacred Music 2


Vivaldi:

In furore iustissimae irae, RV626

Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, RV629

Clarae stellae, scintillate, RV625

Canta in prato, ride in monte, RV623

Introduzione al miserere, RV 638 'Filiae maestae Jerusalem'

Nulla in mundo pax sincera, motet for soprano, strings & continuo, RV 630


Deborah York (soprano), Catherine Denley (mezzo soprano), James Bowman (countertenor)

King's Consort, Robert King

Gramophone Critic's Choice

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Vivaldi - Sacred Music 3

Vivaldi - Sacred Music 3


Vivaldi:

Dixit Dominus, RV595

Domine ad adiuvandum me (Psalm 69), RV593

Credidi propter quod, RV605

Beatus vir, RV598

Beatus vir, RV597


Susan Gritton, Catrin Wyn-Davies (sopranos), Catherine Denley (alto), Charles Daniels (tenor), Neal Davies, Michael George (basses)

King's Consort, Robert King

'A rewarding issue, well documented and spaciously recorded' (Gramophone)

“Here are two of Vivaldi's most extended and impressive psalm settings. These are the singlechoir Dixit Dominus, RV595 (Psalm 110), and double-choir Beatus vir, RV597 (Psalm 112).
Vivaldi set both psalms more than once, and King's programme also includes the singlemovement Beatus vir, RV598, as well as the response, Domine ad adiuvandum me, RV593, and the conservatively styled Vesper psalm, Credidipropter quod, RV605. The King's Consort Choir make a lively and warm-textured contribution; the solo line-up is also strong; with Susan Gritton and Catrin Wyn-Davies providing an evenly matched, lightly articulated partnership in their two duets. Neal Davies and Michael George are splendidly robust in their vigorous 'Potens in terra' duet from Beatus vir (RV597). Catherine Denley gives an appropriately strongly inflected account of 'Judicabit in nationibus' but is intimate and tender in her beautiful 'De torrente in via bibet' (from Dixit).
The remaining soloist, Charles Daniels, delivers the virtuoso 'Peccator videbit' (Beatus vir, RV597) with lightness and comfortable agility.
Although consisting of only three movements, the G major Domine ad adiuvandum me, is easily on a level with the larger-scale pieces, its expressive warmth irresistible. This is a rewarding issue, spaciously recorded.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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