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Vivaldi: Concerti E Cantate Da Camera / Polverelli, L'astrée


Release Date: 08/13/2002 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30358   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Laura Polverelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Astrée Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Night and The Amorous Chase

In this second volume of the complete recording of Vivaldi's chamber concertos by L'Astrée, three of these fascinating works are coupled with three chamber cantatas. All these treasures of course come from the incomparable collections of the Biblioteca nazionale in Turin, but the link between the two repertoires does not stop there. First of all, the energy and virtuosity that this composer of genius requires of his musicians are very much the same, whether he is writing for the human voice or for the various instruments used in the concertos, which go from a single solo flute in the concerto La notte RV 104 to the extravagant combination, in RV 97, of viola d'amore, two horns, two oboes and
Read more bassoon. What is more, we come to realize that Vivaldi was a past master of the art of creating the most bewitching atmospheres using purely musical means, in the evocations of night and the supernatural of La notte as in the miniature dramas of the cantatas: The Amorous Chase (RV 670), The Joys of the Pastoral Life (RV 671), Tearful Farewells (RV 654), all of this is sketched in the space of just a few notes. The mezzo-soprano Laura Polverelli is perfectly at home here, revealing herself as the ideal singer for these works that require extreme flexibility and expressiveness, but above all italianità.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chamber Concerto for Viola d'Amore, 2 Horns, 2 Oboes and Bassoon in F major, RV 97 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Astrée Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Care selve amici prati, RV 671 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Astrée Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
Chamber Concerto for Flute, 2 Violins and Bassoon in G minor, RV 104 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Astrée Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4.
Chamber Concerto for Recorder, Oboe, Violin and Bassoon in G minor, RV 105 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Astrée Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
Elvira, Elvira anima mia, RV 654 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Astrée Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Italian 
6.
Alla caccia, alla caccia, RV 670 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Astrée Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Concerto in F major, RV 97: I. Largo
Concerto in F major, RV 97: II. Allegro
Concerto in F major, RV 97: III. (Largo)
Concerto in F major, RV 97: IV. Allegro
Care selve, amici prati, RV 671: Allegro non molto
Care selve, amici prati, RV 671: Recitative: Ben mal'accorto e folle all'or io fui
Care selve, amici prati, RV 671: Allegro ma poco
Flute Concerto in G minor, RV 104, "La notte": I. Largo
Flute Concerto in G minor, RV 104, "La notte": II. Fantasmi: Presto
Flute Concerto in G minor, RV 104, "La notte": III. Largo
Flute Concerto in G minor, RV 104, "La notte": IV. Andante
Flute Concerto in G minor, RV 104, "La notte": V. Presto
Flute Concerto in G minor, RV 104, "La notte": VI. Il Sonno: Largo
Flute Concerto in G minor, RV 104, "La notte": VII. Allegro
Elvira, anima mia, RV 654: Recitative: Elvira, anima mia
Elvira, anima mia, RV 654: Larghetto
Elvira, anima mia, RV 654: Recitative: Passo al rogo fatal e son gia cinto
Elvira, anima mia, RV 654: Allegro non molto
Chamber Concerto in G minor, RV 105: I. Allegro
Chamber Concerto in G minor, RV 105: II. Largo
Chamber Concerto in G minor, RV 105: III. Allegro molto
Alla caccia, Alla caccia, RV 670: Allegro
Alla caccia, Alla caccia, RV 670: Recitative: Ma sia crudele o infida, oh Dio, mi piace
Alla caccia, Alla caccia, RV 670: Allegro

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