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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Oboe, 2 Oboi, Archi E Continuo / Grazia, Valeriani, Et Al


Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Tactus   Catalog #: 672248   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo GraziaRoberto Valeriani
Conductor:  Federico Ferri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Respighi Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



VIVALDI Oboe Concertos: in C, RV 450; in C, RV 447; in F, RV 457; in D, RV 453. Concertos for 2 Oboes: 1 in a, RV 536; in D, RV 534; in d, RV 535 Paolo Grazia Read more (ob); Roberto Valeriani (ob); 1 Federico Ferri, cond; Ens Respighi (period instruments) TACTUS 672248 (58:39)


The contents of this disc ought to provide ample evidence that Stravinsky’s jibe about Vivaldi writing one concerto 600 times is demonstrably untrue. Admittedly, the concertos, especially the double concertos, do bear a certain family resemblance, though, like siblings, their individual characteristics emerge with familiarity. On the other hand, it must be said that two of the solo concertos, RV 450 and RV 457, were, in fact, derived from existing bassoon concertos, and in a third, RV 447, Vivaldi subsequently returned the favor. Nonetheless, the four solo concertos were among the first to exploit the oboists’ capabilities and still pose formidable challenges to their successors and rewards for listeners. In the double concertos—designated “with,” and not “for” oboes—the oboe lines essentially replace the violins in the ensemble, and are not contrasting virtuoso parts. In the wrong hands, the fast movements of the double concertos can become tiresomely frenetic, but, fortunately, that is not the case here. There’s no lack of energy in these spirited performances, but the energy is well controlled and the readings nicely shaped. The booklet is ambiguous about who plays the solo concertos, so I assume that it is Grazia. In any case, the solos are superbly rendered, and second oboist, presumably Valeriani, is a worthy partner. The chamber group, Ensemble Respighi, provides excellent support.


A straight hour of Vivaldi’s oboe concertos is potentially exhausting, but listening to this exhilarating collection I barely noticed the passage of time. Recommended.


FANFARE: George Chien
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 450 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Grazia (Oboe)
Conductor:  Federico Ferri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Respighi Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 447 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Grazia (Oboe)
Conductor:  Federico Ferri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Respighi Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Oboe in F major, RV 457 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Grazia (Oboe)
Conductor:  Federico Ferri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Respighi Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for Oboe in D major, RV 453 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Grazia (Oboe)
Conductor:  Federico Ferri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Respighi Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for 2 Oboes in A minor, RV 536 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Grazia (Oboe), Roberto Valeriani (Oboe)
Conductor:  Federico Ferri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Respighi Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Grazia (Oboe), Roberto Valeriani (Oboe)
Conductor:  Federico Ferri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Respighi Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7.
Concerto for 2 Oboes in C major, RV 534 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Grazia (Oboe), Roberto Valeriani (Oboe)
Conductor:  Federico Ferri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Respighi Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

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