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Vivaldi: 6 Cello Sonatas / Pieter Wispelwey, Florilegium


Release Date: 06/28/1994 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 6294   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Pieter WispelweyWilliam CarterElizabeth KennyNeal Peres Da Costa,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pointed, agile and extrovert playing from Pieter Wispelwey, a young Dutch artist with an impeccable pedigree in music of the Baroque era (his teachers included Anner Bylsma and Anthony Pleeth), and members of the ensemble Florilegium. To dispense initially with questions of provenance, the first three works recorded here are unquestionably by Antonio Vivaldi; RV39, 42 and 44, discovered in the Schönborn archive in Bavaria and published in 1975, remain the focus of controversy (though their attribution is far less problematic than that of another A minor work, not included here, yet accredited to the composer for well over 150 years). The notes suggest that the recording aims to recapture something of the vitality, exuberance and Read more adventure associated with Vivaldi’s Venice. The performances reflect a balanced synthesis of flair, introspection and decorum, ensuring that such aspirations are ideally realised; Wispelwey’s tempi are lithe and mobile, with imaginative continuo realisations from Florilegium adding variety and gravitas throughout. Harpsichord and organ registrations are expertly tailored to support the solo line, while varied combinations of archlute, guitar and theorbo are used in all except RV39. Wispelwey plays an English instrument by Barak Norman (1710) whose bright, immediate timbre is a welcome asset in these sonatas. An involving issue, enhanced by discreetly balanced and mercifully uncoloured recorded sound.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in B flat major, Op. 14 no 6/RV 46 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), William Carter (Theorbo), William Carter (Archlute),
William Carter (Guitar), Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), Neal Peres Da Costa (Harpsichord),
Neal Peres Da Costa (Organ), Daniel Yeadon (Cello), Elizabeth Kenny (Guitar),
Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Renswoude, The Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 42 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), William Carter (Guitar), Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute),
William Carter (Theorbo), William Carter (Archlute), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello),
Daniel Yeadon (Cello), Elizabeth Kenny (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Renswoude, The Netherlands 
Length: 13 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in E flat major, RV 39 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Neal Peres Da Costa (Organ), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Neal Peres Da Costa (Harpsichord),
Daniel Yeadon (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Renswoude, The Netherlands 
Length: 10 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in A minor, Op. 14 no 3/RV 43 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  William Carter (Archlute), Neal Peres Da Costa (Harpsichord), Daniel Yeadon (Cello),
Elizabeth Kenny (Guitar), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), William Carter (Guitar),
Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), William Carter (Theorbo), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello),
Neal Peres Da Costa (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Renswoude, The Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in E minor, Op. 14 no 5/RV 40 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), William Carter (Archlute), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo),
Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Elizabeth Kenny (Guitar), Daniel Yeadon (Cello),
Neal Peres Da Costa (Harpsichord), Neal Peres Da Costa (Organ), William Carter (Theorbo),
William Carter (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Renswoude, The Netherlands 
Length: 10 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in B flat major, Op. 14 no 4/RV 45 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  William Carter (Archlute), William Carter (Guitar), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo),
Elizabeth Kenny (Guitar), William Carter (Theorbo), Daniel Yeadon (Cello),
Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), Neal Peres Da Costa (Harpsichord),
Neal Peres Da Costa (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Renswoude, The Netherlands 
Length: 12 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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