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Vivaldi, Giuliani: Guitar Concertos / Fernandez, Malcolm


Release Date: 06/04/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 417617   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiMauro Giuliani
Performer:  Eduardo FernandezNorbert Blume
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are several good LP recordings of the Giuliani Concerto, the earliest of its kind to be written, but this is the first one on CD. In hailing it as equal to any other there is one proviso to be made. The work was originally published in two forms—with orchestral and with string quartet accompaniment, but the orchestral parts resurfaced only quite recently; the orchestral arrangement published in 1958—that used in this recording—is based on the string quartet version and its first movement is reduced from 421 to 249 bars! If you feel the loss (one that long remained unnoticed!) to be regrettable then your only recourse is to the LP version by Angel Romero with Raymond Leppard and the ECO (EMI ASD1435581, 11/83); if not, this new one by Read more Fernandez is a sound choice.

All three Vivaldi concertos were of course written for the lute and, should you prefer them in their original forms, there are splendid recordings available. Accepting the guitar as a lute substitute, however, these are by far the best I have come across. Fernandez plays stylishly and adds a good deal of fit-and-proper embellishment (diminutions rather than ornaments), as one now expects of a well-informed soloist in this music. I have not always found his tone-production to be above censure, but here it is unexceptionable. A guitarist is always liable to 'fracture' his tone when he feels he has to try hard to match the orchestra; in this recording the experience of the ECO in supporting guitarists and the sagacity of George Malcolm come together in securing performances that are in scale, never trying to make the music sound 'bigger' than it really is, and this (together with careful recording balance) must have helped Fernandez to feel comfortable. The finely recorded product of this happy marriage is warmly recommendable.

-- John Duarte, Gramophone [11/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Guitar in D major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar)
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Viola d'Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar), Norbert Blume (Viola)
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 82 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar)
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for Guitar no 1 in A major, Op. 30 by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar)
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1808; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Guitar Concerto No.1 in A, Op.30: 1. Allegro maestoso
Guitar Concerto No.1 in A, Op.30: 2. Andante siciliano
Guitar Concerto No.1 in A, Op.30: 3. Alla polacca
Concerto in D for guitar & strings: 1. (Allegro giusto)
Concerto in D for guitar & strings: 2. Largo
Concerto in D for guitar & strings: 3. Allegro
Concerto for Guitar & Viola d'amore, RV.540: 1. Allegro
Concerto for Guitar & Viola d'amore, RV.540: 2. Largo
Concerto for Guitar & Viola d'amore, RV.540: 3. Allegro
Concerto in A for guitar & chamber orchestra, RV.82: 1. Allegro non molto
Concerto in A for guitar & chamber orchestra, RV.82: 2. Larghetto
Concerto in A for guitar & chamber orchestra, RV.82: 3. Allegro

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