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Vivaldi: 6 Concertos Pour Flute

Vivaldi / La Simphonie Du Marais / Reyne
Release Date: 06/11/2013 
Label:  Musiques A La Chabotterie   Catalog #: 605012   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hugo Reyne
Conductor:  Hugo Reyne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Simphonie du Marais
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

VIVALDI Flute Concertos: in c, RV 441; in Eb, RV 433, “La tempesta di mare”; in a, RV 440; in D, RV 428, “Il Gardellino”; in a, RV 108; in g, RV 439, “La notte”; in d, RV 565 Hugo Reyne (rec, cond); La Simphonie du Read more Marais (period instruments) MUSIQUES A LA CHABOTTERIE 605012 (60:00)

How does one reinvent concertos that already have a long and rather distinguished history of recording? This is, of course, somewhat rhetorical, for there seems to be always room for one more Bach Brandenburg , generally so that up-and-coming new musicians can cut their teeth on standard Baroque repertory. And furthermore, these sorts of works are always part and parcel of residencies in the many early music festivals, often resulting in a recording of a particular ensemble to celebrate the occasion or, as is the case with the Simphonie du Marais , a series of works that form their core repertory. Here a number of discs by this group, in residence at La Chabotterie in Vendée, France, focus on French music of the ancien régime , including operas by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Jean-Féry Rebel, as well as some other odds and ends, such as Handel recorder concertos or music at the court of Cardinal Richelieu. From the advertisement in the booklet, one can expect their rendition of the Brandenburg s later on this year, as well.


Since this is repertory that has been done quite extensively before, I don’t need to dwell upon the music itself. Conductor Hugo Reyne has chosen to interpret these as recorder concertos, and thus the usual performance on the traverse with its different tone may seem a bit off-kilter. One should remember that Vivaldi was often not specific, and the term “flauto” could refer to either instrument, and Reyne is extremely liberal in how he even interprets the music itself. For La tempesta di mare , he begins the work with fragments of noise—the glissando of the strings imitating the breezes, the squawks of the recorder the sea gulls, and a drawn-out stroke by the contrabass a foghorn. It is all very John Cage, and the transition, via a sudden voice naming the subtitle of the work followed by launching immediately into the first ritornello, is quite abrupt. For the goldfinch, a couple of tweets on the recorder are done, but nothing at all for La Notte , which seems to indicate to me that this sort of introduction to the subtitled works was not convincing to the performers.


The recorder playing by Reyne is dexterous and brilliant, particularly in Vivaldi’s tortuous roulades, leaps, and figuration. There is no doubt that the composer has pushed the limits of his instrument (whether traverso or recorder), and that he expected no less than for a complete virtuoso to be able to negotiate the sinuous, fiendishly rapid lines without faltering. Heyne does this with seeming ease. The accompaniment by his small band is also well in tune and facile. My only concern is that there may not be enough contrast in the orchestra, which seems much of the time to rely upon texture rather than dynamic changes. I find, for example, the chords of the second movement of RV 441 rather too forceful and insistent than the short, stately transition that would make more musical sense. But, of course, that is an interpretive issue that is highly subjective, and I don’t object to Reyne’s choice here.


A reading through the rather personal notes shows that this disc is more of a paean to Reyne’s teachers than an exploration of the Vivaldi repertory. Given that it is well performed, this tribute should be seen as a true honor. Many who already own these concertos, regardless of the instrument used for the solo, may not find that this would necessarily replace other equally adept performances, such as those under Trevor Pinnock or with Europa Galante, or even the nicely done complete flute/recorder concerto series on Naxos (on modern instruments). But if you don’t have these, you might investigate this recording, despite the odd interpolations in the subtitled works.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Recorder in C minor, RV 441 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hugo Reyne (Recorder)
Conductor:  Hugo Reyne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Simphonie du Marais
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  L'Église de Mormaison, Rocheservière, Ve 
Length: 11 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Flute in F major, Op. 10 no 1/RV 433 "La tempesta di mare" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hugo Reyne (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  L'Église de Mormaison, Rocheservière, Ve 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Flute in A minor, RV 440 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hugo Reyne (Recorder)
Conductor:  Hugo Reyne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Simphonie du Marais
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  L'Église de Mormaison, Rocheservière, Ve 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Flute in D major, Op. 10 no 3/RV 428 "Il gardellino" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hugo Reyne (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  L'Église de Mormaison, Rocheservière, Ve 
Length: 10 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Chamber Concerto for Recorder and 2 Violins in A minor, RV 108 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hugo Reyne (Recorder)
Conductor:  Hugo Reyne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Simphonie du Marais
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  L'Église de Mormaison, Rocheservière, Ve 
Length: 8 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Flute in G minor, Op. 10 no 2/RV 439 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hugo Reyne (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  L'Église de Mormaison, Rocheservière, Ve 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Concerto en ré mineur, Op. 3/11, RV 565: Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hugo Reyne (Recorder)
Conductor:  Hugo Reyne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Simphonie du Marais
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Italy 
Venue:  L'Église de Mormaison, Rocheservière, Ve 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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