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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Archi II / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano

Vivaldi / Concerto Italiano / Alessandrini
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30554  
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

VIVALDI String Concertos: in G, RV 150 ; in e, RV 134 ; in G, RV 151, “alla rustica”; in c, RV 119 ; in C, RV 110 ; in A, RV 160 ; in d, RV 128 ; in Bb, RV 164 ; in d, Read more class="ARIAL12">RV 127 ; in Bb, RV 166 ; in g, RV 157 Rinaldo Alessandrini, cond; Concerto Italiano (period instruments) NAÏVE 30554 (55:34)

Here we have the 57th volume of the Vivaldi Edition , this one the second of the concertos for strings, performed by the Concerto Italiano, a group that has reduced the forces to the bare minimum of one on a part for the upper strings, in addition to the continuo group. Given that the four-part concerto was relatively common during this period early in the 18th century, and that performance practice was rather fungible, such a minimalist group is not difficult to imagine in the slightest, although of course it could also be played with a much larger ensemble. Yet, I truly like this setting, for it allows for the individual parts to be brought out without textural fuzziness, as sometimes happens with a string orchestra.


What one can say about the music itself is that it is thoroughly representative of Vivaldi’s unmistakable style, with crashing unison cadences, swirling spinning out of motivic units, and rushing about up and down the scales. Vivaldi can be gracious and contemplative, such as in the second movement of the Bb-Major Concerto, RV 164, with its alternating soft and loud chords above a softly plucked theorbo continuo. Or he can stray off the harmonic path ever so slightly as in the final movement of the Concerto “alla rustica,” which is anything but bucolic or rustic. Indeed, there is something of the early Classical period in its square form. The opening of the C-Minor Concerto that follows seems to begin with drops of musical rain that become a shower penetrating through a tremolo cloud. The final movement of the D-Minor Concerto, RV 128, is a perpetual motion machine that cycles through scales and imitation without cessation, ending somewhat abruptly with a quick cadence. All of these pieces demonstrate the skill that Vivaldi, a consummate violinist himself, endowed these works.


The Concerto Italiano plays each piece with precision and is extremely effective in highlighting the various motives that in lesser hands might have proven to be merely pedantic. It is true that this recording lacks the textural depth that a larger string orchestra might have, but in these hands, the true intricacies of Vivaldi’s lines spring forth in a delightful torrent. There may be other recordings in abundance of these works separately, but for my money, this casts a whole new light on these string concertos. For me, this will be an exemplary keeper.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV 157 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Strings in G major, RV 151 "Alla rustica" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Strings in G major, RV 150 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for Strings in E minor, RV 134 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for Strings in D minor, RV 128 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Strings in D minor, RV 127 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7.
Concerto for Strings in C minor, RV 119 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
8.
Concerto for Strings in C major, RV 110 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
9.
Concerto for Strings in B flat major, RV 166 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
10.
Concerto for Strings in B flat major, RV 164 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
11.
Concerto for Strings in A major, RV 160 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 150: I. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 150: II. Largo
Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 150: III. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in E Minor, RV 134: I. [Allegro]
Concerto for Strings in E Minor, RV 134: II. Andante e piano
Concerto for Strings in E Minor, RV 134: III. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 151, "Alla Rustica": I. Presto
Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 151, "Alla Rustica": II. Adagio
Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 151, "Alla Rustica": III. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 119: I. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 119: II. Largo
Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 119: III. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 110: I. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 110: II. Largo
Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 110: III. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 160: I. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 160: II. Andante
Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 160: III. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 128: I. Allegro non moto
Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 128: II. Largo
Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 128: III. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 164: I. [Allegro]
Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 164: II. Adagio
Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 164: III. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 127: I. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 127: II. Largo
Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 127: III. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 166: I. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 166: II. Adagio
Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 166: III. [Allegro]
Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 157: I. Allegro
Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 157: II. Largo
Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 157: III. Allegro

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