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Vivaldi - The Baroque Gypsies / Maute, Ensemble Caprice


Release Date: 12/11/2007 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29912   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiAnonymous
Conductor:  Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a virtuoso and composer, Vivaldi travelled widely, and it is likely that he encountered nomadic musicians during these excursions. One can also easily imagine how travellers arriving from Eastern European countries would perform their music along the Slavic Canal where Vivaldi taught for many years at an orphanage school. Telemann comments in one of his autobiographies that a skilled composer could gain enough musical inspiration to last a lifetime by listening to gypsy musicians. The obvious closeness to gypsy music of the motifs used in the opening tutti in the third movement of the late concerto RV 375 makes a link even more tempting to surmise. The ragged initial sixteenth notes, the syncopated rhythms, the abrupt dynamic contrasts Read more and the pianissimo passages that appear are almost identical in the Uhrovska collection (1730) of gypsy music.

The Uhrovska collection (named for the town in Slovakia where it was found) is a fascinating document that provides a direct glimpse into the world of gypsy music. The approximately 350 melodies it contains were probably intended to be as comprehensive a collection of gypsy music as possible. Its multi-national character documents the extent to which the gypsies—and their music with them—travelled. Hungarian melodies stand next to Czech songs and the location of Uhrovska's discovery in Slovakia suggests further national influences.

It became obvious to us during this project that the undercurrent of kinship between these two different music styles is too insistent and that the rough and fresh gypsy music must have exerted a great fascination on a composer like Vivaldi. Although cause for speculation remains, we hope that the listener will be inclined to share our enthusiasm for this unusual musical encounter.

-- Matthias Maute

Tracks include 17 anonymous pieces from the Uhrovska collection of gypsy music as well as Vivaldi concertos RV 375, RV 533, RV 104, and P 81.
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in B flat major, RV 375 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2. Prelude by Anonymous
Conductor:  Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
3. Asztali Nota by Anonymous
Conductor:  Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
4. Chamber Concerto for Flute, 2 Violins and Bassoon in G minor, RV 104 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5. Anglicus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
6. Concerto for 2 Flutes in C major, RV 533 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Matthias Maute
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Featured Sound Samples

C 256 (Anonymous): (from the Uhrovska Collection)
Violin Concerto in B flat, RV 375 (Vivaldi): II. Adagio

Customer Reviews

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 Superb November 8, 2012 By Alan Byers (Richmond, BC) See All My Reviews "Fascinating and immensely listenable. Vivaldi's works are excellently performed, but the Anonymous Uhrovska pieces are a highlight. This and the Telemann one are a couple of my favourite classical recordings." Report Abuse
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