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Tesori Del Piemonte Vol 40 - Vivaldi: Concerti Per Violino Vol 3 'il Ballo' / Galfetti, Fasolis, I Barocchisti

Vivaldi / Galfetti / I Barocchisti / Fasolis
Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30474   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Duilio Galfetti
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



VIVALDI Violin Concertos: RV 352; RV 307; RV 268; RV 333; RV 210; RV 312; RV 350 Duilio M. Galfetti (vn); Diego Fasolis, dir; I Barocchisti (period instruments) NAÏVE 30474 (70:05)


Naïve’s third volume of Vivaldi’s violin concertos (and the 40th in its series, Tesori del Piemonte), “Il ballo,” Read more brings seven concertos that either haven’t been recorded or appear in a new form. The notes by Olivier Fourés connect this music with its stamping rhythmic character—which it shares with Vivaldi’s œuvre in general (Fourés notes a sort of disconnect between music and the body that Vivaldi has infectiously rejoined). The Concerto in A Major, RV 352, combines startling textures and brilliant virtuosity, and the finale’s theme gives way to dramatic interjections.


Fourés traces the Concerto in G Major, RV 307, to about 1725 and notes both its “dramatic virtuosity” and its theatrical opening. As in the Concerto, RV 352, the work begins so tumultuously as almost to knock the listener off center. But its operatic slow movement consists of a liquid melodic outpouring. The finale begins contrapuntally before resolving into a highly nuanced melody for violin solo. The Concerto in E Major, RV 268, which Fourés assigns to the early 1720s, offers a more serene opening, but Galfetti enters with a rhythmic verve that suggests the connection that Fourés strives to forge with dance, even jazz. The finale includes a cadenza that, if not as strikingly virtuosic as the ones in RV 212a and RV 581 (citing only two of the most familiar), still should awe listeners. The Concerto in G Minor, RV 333 (also supposedly from about 1725), opens with a solemn, syncopated orchestral statement that demonstrates just how imposing a sonority Vivaldi could extract from a small string ensemble. Fourés identifies the work as one of Vivaldi’s favorites, because he used materials from it in other compositions (violinists Vivaldi and Tartini redistributed materials with an insouciance that would reappear later in Bach and Handel). The slow movement underpins its flowing melody with leaping staccato bass-like, harmony-outlining figures. In the finale, the orchestra builds, along with the soloist, to juggernaut-like climaxes.


The Concerto in D Major, RV 210, which Fourés describes as one of Vivaldi’s great virtuoso warhorses, may be familiar to listeners (particularly as Vivaldi’s op. 8/11), but not in this unpublished version, in which Vivaldi modified the solos. Galfetti doesn’t emphasize only the spectacular side of the solo, but the affective one as well, leaping thrillingly to notes in the higher registers and playing the ornamental figures with a flinty hardness that potentiates the excitement they generate. In the slow movement, he employs portamentos that, while different in character from those that formed the stock-in-trade of Romantic-era violinists, still bear expressive similarities to them and enhance the melodic line in much the same way. The orchestra lays bare a stark clarity in the finale’s well-known fugal theme that makes it sound fresh and almost unfamiliar, and the movement includes a virtuosic cadenza.


The brief Concerto in G Major, RV 312, bustles with energy, and the first movement of the longer Concerto in A Major, RV 350, features explosions of sound that few, including Il Giardino Armonico or the Venice Baroque Orchestra, have brought to—or found in—Vivaldi’s works. The slow movement drapes an expressive aria-like solo over a pizzicato accompaniment. In the finale, Galfetti once again employs expressive portamentos, here perhaps to highlight the drama of the leaping melodic line.


Duilio Galfetti makes the violin parts sparkle with highlights in the virtuosic moments and throb with affect in the slow movements. Diego Fasolis and I Barocchisti (10 violins, two violas, one cello, one violone, and lute and harpsichord) play with a timbral authority that’s visceral in its effect. The engineers have captured Galfetti just in front of the ensemble, highlighting his dominating role in these showpieces. Galfetti, making effective use of the range of his 2006 Michel Eggimann copy of a 1717 Stradivari, often employs dynamic shadings to heighten the rhetoric of his solo passages, while the ensemble makes a pyrotechnical timbral display throughout. Galfetti’s tone doesn’t always flow mellifluously, but he invariably communicates the music’s exuberance in the fast movements and languid beauty in the slow ones. For those who think they’ve heard as much variety as Vivaldi’s music can offer, this collection of unfamiliar concertos may provide a pleasant surprise. Urgently recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in A major, RV 352 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Duilio Galfetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 11/2007 
Venue:  Auditorio Stelio Molo della RSI, Lugano, 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in G major, RV 307 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Duilio Galfetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 11/2007 
Venue:  Auditorio Stelio Molo della RSI, Lugano, 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 268 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Duilio Galfetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 11/2007 
Venue:  Auditorio Stelio Molo della RSI, Lugano, 
Length: 10 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, RV 333 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Duilio Galfetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 11/2007 
Venue:  Auditorio Stelio Molo della RSI, Lugano, 
Length: 12 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 8 no 11/RV 210 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Duilio Galfetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2008 
Venue:  Auditorio Stelio Molo della RSI, Lugano, 
Length: 11 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Violin in G major, RV 312 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Duilio Galfetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2008 
Venue:  Auditorio Stelio Molo della RSI, Lugano, 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Violin in A major, RV 350 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Duilio Galfetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/2008 
Venue:  Auditorio Stelio Molo della RSI, Lugano, 
Length: 10 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in A major, RV 352: I. Allegro molto
Violin Concerto in A major, RV 352: II. Largo
Violin Concerto in A major, RV 352: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in G major, RV 307: I. Allegro molto
Violin Concerto in G major, RV 307: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in G major, RV 307: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E major, RV 268: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E major, RV 268: II. Largo
Violin Concerto in E major, RV 268: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in G minor, RV 333: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in G minor, RV 333: II. Andante cantabile
Violin Concerto in G minor, RV 333: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 8, No. 11, RV 210: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 8, No. 11, RV 210: II. Largo
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 8, No. 11, RV 210: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in G major, RV 312: I. Allegro molto
Violin Concerto in G major, RV 312: II. Larghetto
Violin Concerto in G major, RV 312: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in A major, RV 350: I. Allegro molto, molto
Violin Concerto in A major, RV 350: II. Largo
Violin Concerto in A major, RV 350: III. Allegro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Truly Fabulous Rarely-Heard Vivaldi Concerti May 13, 2013 By Edward R. (Sabillasville, MD) See All My Reviews "You won't find The Four Seasons on this recording, thank goodness! All of these violin concerti were new to me, and I regard this recording as a major find. The music is extremely energetic, like contradance music, if you are familiar with that. Some of the fast movements come across with practically explosive vitality and intensity. As for the violinist, Dulio Galfetti is just brilliant, clearly the most exciting violinist in my experience. Easily comparable to Andrew Manze, but with more energy, a purer tone, and a cleaner attack…and for my money, also more precise. Galfetti's trills alone are things to behold. No dyed-in-the-wool Vivaldi fan should miss this album. I'd give it six stars if I could." Report Abuse
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