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Giorno E Notte - Vivaldi: Flute Concertos / Steinmann, Ensmble 415

Vivaldi / Steinmann / Banchini / Courvoisier
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Divox   Catalog #: 70006   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Conrad Steinmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performing artist Conrad Steinmann has devoted a great deal of time and energy to a question that may seem quite banal: "What kind of flute was Vivaldi's "flauto" in reality?" And in his search for answers, he came across Bartolo-meo Bismantova. This scholar's manuscript treatise "Compendio Musicale" of 1677 contains detailed instructions for the performance of various instruments. Following a general introduction to music theory comes a remarkably extensive treatment of the recorder. It describes the "flauto italiano" as an instrument in three sections bored and turned in the Baroque fashion, and with the ground note g' (he also mentions a different-sized instrument with the ground note d'). Thanks to this knowledge and the ensemble's Read more extraordinarily spirited music-making, Vivaldi's works can now be heard with a new freshness. No fewer than six differently bored and tuned instruments were used, and they cast a surprising new light on Vivaldi's world of sounds. This discovery of "new" tone colors and the logic of unexpected new fingering techniques lend a unique brilliance to this recording and provide a compelling and infectiously invigorating listening experience.

Instruments: recorder in d' made by Frederick G. Morgan (Track no. 1-3) | recorder in e flat' made by Frederick G. Morgan (Track no. 15-20) | recorder in g' made by Ernst Meyer (Track 4-5, 12-14) | recorder in c'' made by Ernst Meyer (Track 8,10) | recorder in c'' made by Frederick G. Morgan (Track 9) | First Violin: Nicola Amati, Cremona 1684 | Second Violin: Sebastian Klotz, 1750 | Viola: Andrew Fairfax, 1979 | Violoncello: Norman Barak, London 1710 | Double bass: Anonymous, France 18th century | Lute: Richard Earle, Basle 1986 | Harpsichord: Gianfranco Facchini, Lugo di Romagna 2001

Tracklisting:

1. Concerto in la minore RV 108: I. Allegro 3:26
2. Concerto in la minore RV 108: II. Largo 2:22
3. Concerto in la minore RV 108: III. Allegro 2:36
4. Concerto op. X No VI, RV 437: I. Allegro 3:43
5. Concerto op. X No VI, RV 437: II. Largo 1:52
6. Concerto op. X No VI, RV 437: III. Allegro 1:58
7. Concerto in sol minore per archi 2:25
8. Concerto per flautino RV 443: I. Allegro 3:49
9. Concerto per flautino RV 443: II. Largo 3:48
10. Concerto per flautino RV 443: III. Allegro molto 2:57
11. Concerto per solo archi: II. Largo 2:17
12. Concerto «Il Cardellino» op. X No. III RV 428: I. Allegro 3:34
13. Concerto «Il Cardellino» op. X No. III RV 428: II. Cantabile 2:44
14. Concerto «Il Cardellino» op. X No. III RV 428: III. Allegro 2:52
15. Concerto «La Notte» op. X No. II RV 439: I. Largo 1:31
16. Concerto «La Notte» op. X No. II RV 439: II. Fantasmi. Presto 0:47
17. Concerto «La Notte» op. X No. II RV 439: III. Largo 0:53
18. Concerto «La Notte» op. X No. II RV 439: IV. Presto 0:57
19. Concerto «La Notte» op. X No. II RV 439: V. Largo «il sonno» 1:29
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piccolo in C major, RV 443 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Conrad Steinmann (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Flute in G minor, Op. 10 no 2/RV 439 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Conrad Steinmann (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Flute in G major, Op. 10 no 6/RV 437 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Conrad Steinmann (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for Flute in G major, Op. 10 no 4/RV 435 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Conrad Steinmann (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for Flute in D major, Op. 10 no 3/RV 428 "Il gardellino" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Conrad Steinmann (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
6.
Chamber Concerto for Recorder and 2 Violins in A minor, RV 108 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Conrad Steinmann (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

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