One of the greatest composers of the Baroque period, Antonio Vivaldi was also a priest and virtuoso violinist. Although he was equally famous for his notorious vanity as for his music, his imaginative compositional style soon became world-renowned, and J.S. Bach gave new vitality to Vivaldi’s works, citing the composer among his most important influences.
This collection comprises several of Vivaldi’s chamber concertos, which he is likely to have composed for the year-long stay of the crown prince of Saxony-Poland in Venice in 1716. The prince brought with him several musicians to whom Antonio became close, and for whom the concertos were written to be performed in the prince’s private apartments. The chamber concertos, showcasing a variety of instruments, each include three movements, with the fast movements containing ritornello-form passages that alternate with free instrumental solo sections. The concertos RV84 in D, for violin, flute and basso continuo, and RV103 in G minor, for recorder, oboe and basso continuo, are homotonal, a characteristic which pertains particularly to the works of Vivaldi and immediately distinguishes his style from that of other composers of the era.
Recorded in 1990.
New booklet notes by musicologist and Italian Baroque expert Michael Talbot.
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