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Vivaldi: Musica Per Mandolino E Liuto / Lislevand, Et Al

Vivaldi / Ensemble Kapsberger / Lislevand
Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30429   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Valerio LositoLaura JohnsonManfredo KraemerLudovico Minasi,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As part of their Vivaldi Edition, Naïve enables the collector to explore the extensive variety of the composer’s output from the collections housed at the National University Library in Turin. Described by Naïve as “The greatest recording venture of the 21st century” they are in the process of recording by category (sacred music, opera, concerti for winds, concerti for violin, cantata, etc.) the 450 manuscripts from the Turin collection. These manuscripts are from Vivaldi's personal collection of his own, hand-written music scores; his own private library at the time of his death.

One cannot help noticing Naïve’s strategy of using glamorous young photographic models on the front covers of their Vivaldi Edition.
Read more Although totally irrelevant to the music this imaginative approach is proving to be an inspired and successful, if controversial and highly recognisable, marketing exercise. I can vouch that Naïve are using the finest possible period-instrument ensembles, eminent baroque vocal specialists and the best choral ensembles in the field of historically informed performance. On this release, Rolf Lislevand is the soloist who presides over cutting-edge interpretations, employing a talented group of specialist period-instrument performers.

Lislevand first came to my attention a few years ago with a revelatory recital of unaccompanied seventeenth century French lute music titled ‘La Belle Homicide’ on Astrée Naïve E 8880. This superb release, recorded in 2003 at Maguelone Abbey in France, won my vote as a ‘2003 Record of the Year’.

The six attractive scores on the disc follow Vivaldi’s usual three movement fast-slow-fast design. The first work is the outstanding Concerto for 2 mandolins, strings and basso continuo, RV 532 with its buoyant and vivacious opening Allegro. The central Andante contains an intimate dialogue between the mandolin soloists and the final Allegro is quite stunning being packed with incident. The Trio for violin, lute and basso continuo, RV 85 is a generally introverted score and barely decorative. The Larghetto is tender and meditative with a closing Allegro that just bursts with energy.

The Concerto for mandolin, strings and basso continuo, RV 425 is an excellent score with vigorous and rhythmic outer Allegros and an enchanting central Largo of contemplative and nocturnal quality. Throughout the Mandolin Concerto one cannot help but notice the richly written parts for the string section. In the Concerto for viola d’amore, lute, strings and basso continuo, RV 540, the unusual blend of the two solo instruments is entrancing. The tender central movement Largo is evocative of a musical interchange between two lovers. I loved the playful Allegro that closes the Double Concerto.

I found the Trio for violin, lute and basso continuo, RV 82 an impressive score. It contains two good-humoured examples of the Allegro movement placed either side of a relaxing and affectionate Larghetto lento. The final score is the Concerto for 2 violins, lute and basso continuo in D major, RV 93. The melodic and memorable outer movements consist of an exciting and spirited opening Allegro giusto with a closing Allegro high on joie de vivre. The finest of all is the central movement Largo with one of the most beautiful melodies ever played on the lute. This is a score that could certainly be regarded as one of Vivaldi’s greatest hits.

Lislevand is an outstanding baroque guitarist who commands respect from the first note to the last with stunning interpretations that are awash with colour. He is at one with the emotional and technical demands of the music and I loved the way he imparts a spiritual, almost ethereal quality to the slow movements. The accompaniment is of the highest quality and I especially enjoyed the rich and varied basso continuo.

The Naïve engineers have provided especially warm and detailed sonics. The very close sound-picture at times even captures the breathing of the soloists and the operation of the instruments but the ear soon becomes accustomed.

Lislevand displays his impeccable credentials on this superbly performed and recorded release of Vivaldi mandolin and lute works from Naïve.

-- Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major, RV 532 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Violin), Laura Johnson (Viola), Manfredo Kraemer (Violin),
Ludovico Minasi (Cello), Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore), Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar),
Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Brigitte Taubl (Violin), Enrico Parizzi (Viola),
Balázs Maté (Cello), Riccardo Minasi (Violin), Pablo Valetti (Violin),
Eduardo Egüez (Guitar), Guido Morini (Organ), Rolf Lislevand (Mandolin),
Lorenz Duftschmid [Viola da Gamba] (Violone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 85 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Guido Morini (Organ), Ludovico Minasi (Cello), Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar),
Riccardo Minasi (Violin), Balázs Maté (Cello), Enrico Parizzi (Viola),
Brigitte Taubl (Violin), Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Manfredo Kraemer (Violin),
Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore), Lorenz Duftschmid [Viola da Gamba] (Violone), Pablo Valetti (Violin),
Laura Johnson (Viola), Eduardo Egüez (Guitar), Rolf Lislevand (Lute),
Valerio Losito (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Mandolin in C major, RV 425 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar), Ludovico Minasi (Cello), Valerio Losito (Violin),
Lorenz Duftschmid [Viola da Gamba] (Violone), Guido Morini (Organ), Rolf Lislevand (Mandolin),
Eduardo Egüez (Guitar), Laura Johnson (Viola), Pablo Valetti (Violin),
Riccardo Minasi (Violin), Balázs Maté (Cello), Enrico Parizzi (Viola),
Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Brigitte Taubl (Violin), Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore),
Manfredo Kraemer (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Viola d'Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Guido Morini (Organ), Rolf Lislevand (Lute), Eduardo Egüez (Guitar),
Laura Johnson (Viola), Pablo Valetti (Violin), Riccardo Minasi (Violin),
Balázs Maté (Cello), Enrico Parizzi (Viola), Brigitte Taubl (Violin),
Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore), Manfredo Kraemer (Violin),
Lorenz Duftschmid [Viola da Gamba] (Violone), Valerio Losito (Violin), Ludovico Minasi (Cello),
Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 82 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Guido Morini (Organ), Rolf Lislevand (Lute), Balázs Maté (Cello),
Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Enrico Parizzi (Viola), Riccardo Minasi (Violin),
Brigitte Taubl (Violin), Pablo Valetti (Violin), Laura Johnson (Viola),
Eduardo Egüez (Guitar), Lorenz Duftschmid [Viola da Gamba] (Violone), Valerio Losito (Violin),
Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar), Ludovico Minasi (Cello), Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore),
Manfredo Kraemer (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore), Manfredo Kraemer (Violin), Lorenz Duftschmid [Viola da Gamba] (Violone),
Valerio Losito (Violin), Ludovico Minasi (Cello), Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar),
Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Guido Morini (Organ), Brigitte Taubl (Violin),
Balázs Maté (Cello), Riccardo Minasi (Violin), Laura Johnson (Viola),
Pablo Valetti (Violin), Enrico Parizzi (Viola), Eduardo Egüez (Guitar),
Rolf Lislevand (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major, RV 532: I. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major, RV 532: II. Andante
Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major, RV 532: III. Allegro
Trio Sonata in G minor, RV 85: I. Andante molto
Trio Sonata in G minor, RV 85: II. Larghetto
Trio Sonata in G minor, RV 85: III. Allegro
Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425: I. Allegro
Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425: II. Largo
Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425: III. Allegro
Concerto for Viola d'amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540: I. Allegro
Concerto for Viola d'amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540: II. Largo
Concerto for Viola d'amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540: III. Allegro
Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82: I. Allegro non molto
Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82: II. Larghetto lento
Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82: III. Allegro
Chamber Concerto in D major, RV 93: I. (Allegro giusto)
Chamber Concerto in D major, RV 93: II. Largo
Chamber Concerto in D major, RV 93: III. Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 Most amazing music ever December 6, 2014 By Catherine V. (Los Angeles, CA) See All My Reviews "I am amazed beyond words at the quality of this CD. I now live for it and can't get enough. The music makes you float into a tender, forgotten world. I cry because I'll never will be able to meet Vivaldi in person. The young artists who are playing are perfect. Treat yourself!" Report Abuse
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