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Vivaldi: Music for Lute and Mandolin / Paul O'Dette


Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 30027   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Roy GoodmanPaul O'DetteRobin Jeffrey
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is enough of Vivaldi's music for the lute, though not of that for the mandolin, to occupy a whole record, so a shared programme offers a sensible solution; so excellent is this present LP that you don't need to worry overly about others that have followed the same pattern. There is doubt as to exactly what Vivaldi meant by `mandolino', though not in the minds of mandolinists, and here it is taken to be a gut-strung, soprano lute played with a plectrum. So says the sleeve-note—but we are also told that Robin Jeffrey plays the 'mandolin' (after Stradivarius). Whoever plays what, matters less than the result of their labours, in this instance exemplary in every way. O'Dette is perhaps the most fleet-fingered lutenist now playing but he Read more does not (pardon the metaphor) let his fingers go to his head; rather is it that, as an informed musician, his head and good taste guide his fingers. Whilst few movements, e.g. the first of RV93, go at a joyous gallop with no sense of strain, others breathe relaxation, as in the Largo of the same concerto, quite beautifully and fluidly embellished. In RV540, O'Dette uses a baroque lute—Lindberg uses an archlute in his recording (BIS LP290, 9/85), my preference for which rests, however, on the presence of his partner, Monica Huggett, which is no reflection on Roy Goodman's partnership with O'Dette.

The Parley of Instruments, despite moments of edgy tone, provide marvellous support in which Peter Holman's choice of the organ as continuo instrument is most effective—though his sleevenote contention that "the harpsichord is a disagreeably jangling accompaniment for the lute" is one that will raise a few eyebrows, beginning with my own. No matter though, this is a record to treasure for its contents and to admire for the quality of its recording.

-- Gramophone [3/1986]

"This is easily the most thoroughly produced Vivaldi lute record yet to come my way... played with style, wit and grace. The digital recording is warmly sympathetic. Best of the Month" (Hi Fi News)

'The playing is first class – an hour of sheer pleasure.' (Classical Guitar)

'The performances are 'authentic' in the best meaning of the word, and the recorded sound is everywhere first rate' (Gramophone)

'Excellent' (International Record Review)

'Pure Venetian magic' (Amazon.co.uk)
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Viola d'Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Viola d'amore), Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Length: 11 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Mandolin in C major, RV 425 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Mandolin)
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3. Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Robin Jeffrey (Mandolin), Paul O'Dette (Mandolin)
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Length: 12 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Guitar in D major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5. Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 85 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Violin), Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6. Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 82 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute), Roy Goodman (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1984 
Length: 9 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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