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Cupido Tu Vedi - Vivaldi: Concerto E Cantate

Vivaldi / Milanesi / Colucci / Granatiero / Ceccat
Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Stradivarius   Catalog #: 33856   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Raffaella MilanesiMarco Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ottoboni
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



VIVALDI Flute Concertos: in a, RV 440; 1 in C, RV 533; 2 in g, RV 439, “La Notte 3.” Cello Concerto in d, RV 406 4. Cantatas: “Che giova il sospirar,” RV 679; 5 “All’ ombra di sospetto,” RV 678; 6 “Vengo Read more a voi luci adorate,” RV 682 7 5-7 Rafaella Milanesi (sop); 1,2 Laura Colucci, 2,3,6 Manuel Granatiero (fl); 4 Marco Ceccato (vc); Accademia Ottoboni (period instruments) STRADIVARIUS STR 33856 (68:08 Text and Translation)


The breadth of Antonio Vivaldi’s body of work is finally beginning to become more widely known. The opera project on Naïve is only the most startling revelation of his capacity. Considerable recording has now made much of his religious writing beyond the famous Gloria available. While most of the violin concertos remain yet to be heard, the bassoon concertos are available in several complete versions, with at least two more on the way; the few pieces with obbligato organ have recently been recorded; and his concertos for flute, played on both recorder and traverso, are making their way. Here, we also get a cello concerto.


There is no particular theme uniting the disparate elements of this recording and, in fact, according to the notes, its performers had concerns about that. Nonetheless, it works as a continuous program: The concertos and cantatas alternate with each other. As near as I can tell, the Accademia Ottoboni is a relatively new ensemble, playing here on old or copies of old instruments.


These cantatas are all thought to come late in Vivaldi’s life, perhaps from the early 1730s, when he was on his northern travels. Their pastoral texts circle around the torments of love. The charming first aria of RV 679 lets the orchestra play the part of the palpitating heart of the cruel and lovesick shepherdess Irene as she addresses Cupid, and has a shape that recalls “Veni, me sequere fida” in Vivaldi’s splendid 1716 oratorio Juditha triumphans . RV 678, the only cantata with an obbligato flute, has an aria that reminds one of those operatic flute/soprano duets to come in the following century, but the soprano here is sad rather than mad. The third cantata, RV 682, is addressed to her lover’s eyes, and also has a lilting accompaniment underneath a fine tune. Rafaella Milanesi sings sweetly, though I wonder if a little more lovely torment might not have been amiss.


The concertos are well played. I especially liked Laura Colucci’s attractive reading of RV 440. Manuel Granatiero offers a fine version of the justly famous “La Notte,” RV 439, but here the competition is fierce. My only reservations come in the first movement, where Granatiero’s breathing wavers slightly in the long-held G about two minutes in and where the orchestra’s sound is just not nocturnal enough. For this concerto, I prefer Erik Bosgraaf on the recorder (Brilliant), but on the traverso, Granatiero is the one to beat. Marco Ceccato plays the cello concerto with vigor and his slightly raspy tone fits with the orchestral sound.


Those looking for something other than four seasons and a Gloria will find this a useful step into the larger world of Vivaldi’s music.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Flute in A minor, RV 440 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ottoboni
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Martino a Proceno, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Che giova il sospirar, RV 679 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Raffaella Milanesi ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ottoboni
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Martino a Proceno, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Cello in D minor, RV 406 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marco Ceccato (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ottoboni
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Martino a Proceno, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
All'ombra di sospetto, RV 678 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Raffaella Milanesi ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ottoboni
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Martino a Proceno, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for 2 Flutes in C major, RV 533 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ottoboni
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Martino a Proceno, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Vengo à voi luci adorate, RV 682 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Raffaella Milanesi ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ottoboni
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Martino a Proceno, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Flute in G minor, Op. 10 no 2/RV 439 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Ottoboni
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Martino a Proceno, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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