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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Oboe / Bernardini, Zefiro

Vivaldi / Zefiro / Bernardini
Release Date: 08/25/2009 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30478   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alfredo Bernardini
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



VIVALDI Oboe Concertos: in C, RV 447; in F, RV 455; in C, RV 451; in a, RV 463; in F, RV 457; in D, RV 453; in C, RV 450 Alfredo Bernardini (ob, cond); Zefiro (period instruments) Read more class="BULLET12b">• NAÏVE 30478 (71: 43)


Vivaldi is credited with about 20 concertos for oboe, strings, and basso continuo, although some are probably inauthentic, and others are alternative versions of works composed for other instruments. (For example, RV 450, RV 457, and RV 463 all were adapted by the composer from bassoon concertos.) When Vivaldi started writing concertos for this instrument, probably during the first decade of the 1700s, it was a young instrument. Predictably, some of the first performers were orphans in the Ospedale della Pietà. His oldest oboe concertos, however, were composed for the Saxon court in Dresden. Because Vivaldi composed oboe concertos throughout much of his career, a selection of them can provide listeners with an overview of his stylistic development. The seven concertos offered here do just that. There’s much to enjoy. I was sucked in by the very first concerto, RV 447, whose opening phrases are separated by deliciously pregnant pauses.


Bernardini plays two different modern copies of an English oboe dating from 1730. The timbre is not as rich as that of a modern oboe. It can be a little “quacky” in the outer movements, but the sound in the slow movements is very agreeable. Bernardini’s tempos, and other directorial choices, are sensible, and the impression one is given by these performances is one of dependability, although not one of excited discovery. Zefiro is a small group. Naïve’s booklet lists two violins, one viola, one cello, one double bass, one harpsichord or organ, and one theorbo or Baroque guitar. Given the ensemble’s size, Bernardini’s oboe sometimes overpowers it.


Three of these concertos (RV 455, RV 453, and RV 463) were recorded for Astrée (8537) in 1994 and are reissued here. The remainder are new recordings. Note that, apart from Bernardini himself, the membership of Zefiro appears to have changed completely in the interim. “Old” Zefiro contained familiar names such as keyboard player Pierre Hantai and theorbist Rolf Lislevand. After hearing this CD several times, though, I was unaware of the personnel changes until I read about them in the booklet. The recording venue was moved as well, from France to Italy, but there’s little about the recording itself to announce that fact.


This is another release in Naïve’s ongoing Vivaldi series—the one with the attractive models on the front. I know some people have gone nearly apoplectic over the cover photography, but that seems like much ado about nothing. In terms of beauty, I think that teens and twenty-somethings, regardless of their gender, can have a lot in common with Vivaldi’s music.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 447 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe)
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondovi (Italy) 
Length: 14 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Oboe in F major, RV 455 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe)
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Salle Tibor Varga, Sion (Switzerland) 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 451 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe)
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondovi (Italy) 
Length: 8 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Oboe in A minor, RV 463 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe)
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Salle Tibor Varga, Sion (Switzerland) 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Oboe in F major, RV 457 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe)
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondovi (Italy) 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Oboe in D major, RV 453 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe)
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Salle Tibor Varga, Sion (Switzerland) 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 450 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe)
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondovi (Italy) 
Length: 9 Minutes 55 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 447: I. Allegro non molto
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 447: II. Larghetto
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 447: III. Minuetto
Oboe Concerto in F major, RV 455: I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in F major, RV 455: II. Largo
Oboe Concerto in F major, RV 455: III. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 451: I. Allegro molto
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 451: II. Largo
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 451: III. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 463: I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 463: II. Largo
Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 463: III. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in F major, RV 457: I. Allegro non molto
Oboe Concerto in F major, RV 457: II. Andante
Oboe Concerto in F major, RV 457: III. Allegro molto
Oboe Concerto in D major, RV 453: I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in D major, RV 453: II. Largo
Oboe Concerto in D major, RV 453: III. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 450: I. Allegro molto
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 450: II. Larghetto
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 450: III. Allegro

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