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Vivaldi: Concertos & Other Works / Fisk, Hand, Schulman


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 2515   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Albert FullerEliot FiskFrederic HandLouise Schulman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Although these works were written for lute or mandolin, Eliot Fisk has arranged them for the modern guitar. In an interview with him, printed in the booklet, he explains exactly what he has done and how he has created these works, always with a mind to the period of the compositions.

For many people, too many perhaps, the name of Vivaldi means The Four Seasons and the Gloria, but his output was huge including over 500 Concertos and 46 operas!

This is a very pleasant disk which presents some delightful music in suitably small-scale performances. Fisk makes the point that the lutes and mandolins of Vivaldi’s time probably had metal strings and this sound would add a certain percussiveness and piquancy to the
Read more faster movements – indeed, it would make a very welcome variety of tone colour if we had this sound in these works. As it is, with the modern guitar and its softer, usually nylon, strings which are plucked by either the fingernails or the fingertips, what Fisk has done is to round off the edges of the music, making it easier on the ear, but also robbing the quick music of, what could be, some very exciting sounds. Thus the opening movement of the Mandolin Concerto in C, RV425, which is delightful musically, does sound rather like a popular music group serenading under the window of the beloved. I wonder if this is wrong? It does seem to be a somewhat hybrid sound which I doubt is what could have been made of the music with a stronger sounding, metal strung, instrument. The slow movement, a soliloquy for the guitar, accompanied only by chords from the string orchestra, is a superb example of sustained playing, keeping an eye on the line, and taking time to allow the music to speak...

The Lute Concerto in D, RV93 has some fine string playing, the orchestra is much more prominent here than before, and there is a good sound spread between soloist and band. The finale is a real joy to hear. Without a doubt the highlight of this disk is the Double Mandolin Concerto in G, RV532, which works very well for two guitars. There is a real Venetian splendour to the slow movement and the outer, fast, movements are great fun."

-- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Mandolin in C major, RV 425 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Albert Fuller (Harpsichord), Eliot Fisk (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Notes: Arranger: Eliot Fisk. 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 42 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Albert Fuller (Harpsichord), Eliot Fisk (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Notes: Arranger: Eliot Fisk. 
3.
Concerto for Guitar in D major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Albert Fuller (Harpsichord), Eliot Fisk (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Notes: Arranger: Eliot Fisk. 
4.
Concerto in D major after Vivaldi, BWV 972 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eliot Fisk (Guitar), Albert Fuller (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Eliot Fisk. 
5.
Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eliot Fisk (Guitar), Albert Fuller (Harpsichord), Frederic Hand (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Arranger: Eliot Fisk. 
6.
Concerto for Viola d'Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Louise Schulman (Viola d'amore), Albert Fuller (Harpsichord), Eliot Fisk (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Notes: Arranger: Eliot Fisk. 
7.
Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 82 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Albert Fuller (Harpsichord), Eliot Fisk (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Notes: Arranger: Eliot Fisk. 

Featured Sound Samples

Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins, RV 93 (Vivaldi): I. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Mandolins, RV 532 (Vivaldi): I. Allegro

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