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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Mandolini, Etc /Biondi, Europa Galante


Release Date: 01/07/2003 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 45527   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Giovanni ScaramuzzinoSonia MaurerRaffaello NegriFabio Biondi,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This delicious collection contains two of Vivaldi's most remarkable creations, the Concertos RV 555 and RV 558, scored for a vast ensemble including solo mandolins, recorders, oboes, chalumeaux, cellos, harpsichords, theorbos, viole all'inglese, and something called "violini in tromba marina", which no one to this day is entirely sure about. And my, how Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante do play! At first the tempos sound excessively fleet, but when you hear how well these players handle their solo episodes, and sense their joy in the excesses of Baroque instrumental writing and the opportunities for virtuosity that it offers, then it's practically impossible not to be swept away in the sheer
Read more excitement of it all. That said, if you love this music you also should hear Leonard Bernstein's wonderful performance (on Sony) of Alfredo Casella's edition of RV 558, rescored for an equally extravagant ensemble of modern instruments.


The heart of this collection lies in the three concertos featuring solo mandolin (RV 532 actually requires two), which number among Vivaldi's most piquantly appealing inspirations. RV 576, scored for solo violin, two recorders, three oboes, and solo bassoon, also represents the composer at his most inventive and expansive, and the quality of the wind playing here is second to none in the period instrument world. In short, you will find in these performances more than sufficient evidence to refute the notion that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto 600 times. Or at all events, he only did it 593 times: these seven works remain outstanding for their character and individuality, and you won't find them better played or more immaculately recorded anywhere.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Giovanni Scaramuzzino (Mandolin), Sonia Maurer (Mandolin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for 2 Violins and 2 Cellos in D major, RV 564 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Raffaello Negri (Violin), Fabio Biondi (Violin), Antonio Fantinuoli (Cello),
Maurizio Naddeo (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Mandolin in C major, RV 425 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Giovanni Scaramuzzino (Mandolin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for 3 Violins and Winds in C major, RV 555 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lorenzo Colitto (Violin), Fabio Biondi (English Violet), Petr Zejfart (Recorder),
Maurice Steger (Recorder), Stefano Vezzani (Oboe), Claudio Pinardi (Oboe),
Gili Rinot (Chalumeau), Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord), Paola Erdas (Harpsichord),
Luca Giardini (Tromba Marina), Renata Spotti (Tromba Marina), Carla Marotta (Violin),
Raffaello Negri (Violin), Ernest Braucher (English Violet), Maurizio Naddeo (Cello),
Antonio Fantinuoli (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Concerto in C major, RV 558 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gili Rinot (Chalumeau), Lorenzo Colitto (Tromba Marina), Fabio Biondi (Tromba Marina),
Ugo Nastrucci (Theorbo), Giangiacomo Pinardi (Theorbo), Maurizio Naddeo (Cello),
Giovanni Scaramuzzino (Mandolin), Carlos Riera (Chalumeau), Maurice Steger (Recorder),
Petr Zejfart (Recorder), Sonia Maurer (Mandolin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Violin and Oboe in G minor, RV 576 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  François De Rudder (Bassoon), Maurice Steger (Recorder), Stefano Vezzani (Oboe),
Simone Toni (Oboe), Petr Zejfart (Recorder), Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, RV 319 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 44 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto in G major for 2 mandolines and strings RV532: I. Allegro
Concerto in G major for 2 mandolines and strings RV532: II. Andante
Concerto in G major for 2 mandolines and strings RV532: III. Allegro
Concerto in C major for 2 violini in tromba marina, 2 flauti dritti, 2 madolini, 2 salmoe, 2 teorbe e violoncello RV558: I. Allegro molto
Concerto in C major for 2 violini in tromba marina, 2 flauti dritti, 2 madolini, 2 salmoe, 2 teorbe e violoncello RV558: II. Andante molto
Concerto in C major for 2 violini in tromba marina, 2 flauti dritti, 2 madolini, 2 salmoe, 2 teorbe e violoncello RV558: III. Allegro
Concerto in G minor per violino, 2 flauti dritti, 2 oboi, fagotto ed archi RV 576, 'dedicato a Sua Altezza Reale di Sassonia': I. Allegro
Concerto in G minor per violino, 2 flauti dritti, 2 oboi, fagotto ed archi RV 576, 'dedicato a Sua Altezza Reale di Sassonia': II. Larghetto
Concerto in G minor per violino, 2 flauti dritti, 2 oboi, fagotto ed archi RV 576, 'dedicato a Sua Altezza Reale di Sassonia': III. Allegro
Concerto in D major per 2 violini, 2 celli ed archi RV564: I. Allegro
Concerto in D major per 2 violini, 2 celli ed archi RV564: II. Largo
Concerto in D major per 2 violini, 2 celli ed archi RV564: III. Allegro
Concerto in G minor per violino solo, 2 oboi, fagotto ed archi RV 319, 'dedicato a S. Pisendel' (Dresden version): I. [Allegro]
Concerto in G minor per violino solo, 2 oboi, fagotto ed archi RV 319, 'dedicato a S. Pisendel' (Dresden version): II. [Lento]
Concerto in G minor per violino solo, 2 oboi, fagotto ed archi RV 319, 'dedicato a S. Pisendel' (Dresden version): III. Allegro
Concerto in C major per mandolino er archi RV425: I. [Allegro]
Concerto in C major per mandolino er archi RV425: II. Largo
Concerto in C major per mandolino er archi RV425: III. [Allegro]
Concerto in C major per 3 violini, oboe, 2 flauti dritti, 2 ciole all`inglese, salmoe, 2 celli, 2 cembali e 2 violini in tromba marina ed archi RV555: I. Allegro
Concerto in C major per 3 violini, oboe, 2 flauti dritti, 2 ciole all`inglese, salmoe, 2 celli, 2 cembali e 2 violini in tromba marina ed archi RV555: II. Largo a piacimento
Concerto in C major per 3 violini, oboe, 2 flauti dritti, 2 ciole all`inglese, salmoe, 2 celli, 2 cembali e 2 violini in tromba marina ed archi RV555: III. Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 excellent September 20, 2014 By B.R.  Newman (Orinda, CA) See All My Reviews "I am very happy with the CD; it played on my old machine just perfectly !!" Report Abuse
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