Vivaldi: Complete Concertos and Sinfonias for Strings and Basso Continuo

Vivaldi: Complete Concertos and Sinfonias for Strings and Basso Continuo
Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Artist L'Archicembalo
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 95835
EAN code 5028421958354
Release May 2019

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An exhilarating romp through the Venetian prince of the Italian Baroque: 50 works, many of them still little-known, in historically informed performances with plenty of impact and colour.

Founded in 2000, L’Archicembalo is a period ensemble of top-notch Italian musicians who have played with all the major native exponents of Baroque music such as Giovanni Antonini and Giuliano Carmignola. According to La Stampa, the ensemble ranks among the most inspiring and authoritative Vivaldi interpreters of our time. Part of this collection was released separately in 2015, and attracted glowing reviews: ‘The tempi are well chosen, without exaggerations, but also without being too slow… Italian ensembles have shown that [these Sinfonias] are more than nice fillers in a programme of solo concertos. In this recording the polyphonic, theatrical and expressive qualities of these pieces are brought to light´

What sets apart these concertos and sinfonias from the multitude of other such works composed by Vivaldi is the lack of a solo instrument. Yet with his usual, inexhaustible fertility of invention, Vivaldi turned this apparent lack into an opportunity to explore the possibilities of development and counterpoint more extensively than was possible in the oppositional and accompanimental language of the solo concertos.

After a dashing opening movement there is generally a central Adagio, in the form of a tripartite song or a simple sequence of chords. This is followed by a lively, dance-like movement in two parts with two refrains. On occasion this finale is replaced by a technically superlative Fugue that displays Vivaldi’s mastery of counterpoint. Sometimes the Fugue is placed at the beginning of the Concerto, perhaps implying the original context of the work as the instrumental introduction to a solemn Mass. In complement to the concertos, the Sinfonias generally feature bolder and more brilliant string writing, evidently for use as the curtain-raiser to a theatrical event, though they now stand perfectly well on their own.

Vivaldi’s Concertos and Sinfonias for Strings are not concertos for one soloist against the orchestra, but rather a combat field in which orchestral groups set themselves off against other groups, in dialogue or contrast, in unison or in imitation, in short they are concertos for multiple soloists. The 40 concertos and sinfonias belong to the most popular works by the Venetian Master.
L’Archicembalo (founded in 2000) is one of the most exciting Early Music groups of Italy, specializing in the research and performance of orchestral treasures of the Italian Baroque. Their performances dazzle with a new kind of Vivaldian “Cantabilità” and clarity of sound, receiving the highest praise in the international press: “Electrifying…you must hear it” (SWR Radio Germany), “Such a beautiful recording” (Radio Classica).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 110: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 110: II. Largo
  3. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 110: III. Allegro
  4. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 113: I. Allegro
  5. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 113: II. Grave
  6. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 113: III. Allegro
  7. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 121 in D Major: I. Allegro molto
  8. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 121 in D Major: II. Adagio
  9. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 121 in D Major: III. —
  10. Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 128: I. Allegro non molto
  11. Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 128: II. Largo
  12. Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 128: III. Allegro
  13. Concerto for Strings in E Minor, RV 134: I. —
  14. Concerto for Strings in E Minor, RV 134: II. Andante
  15. Concerto for Strings in E Minor, RV 134: III. Allegro
  16. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 136: I. Allegro
  17. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 136: II. Andante
  18. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 136: III. Menuetto
  19. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 138: I. Allegro
  20. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 138: II. Adagio
  21. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 138: III. Allegro
  22. Concerto for Strings in F Minor, RV 143: I. Allegro
  23. Concerto for Strings in F Minor, RV 143: II. Adagio
  24. Concerto for Strings in F Minor, RV 143: III. —
  25. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 153: I. Allegro
  26. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 153: II. Andante
  27. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 153: III. Allegro assai
  28. Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 158: I. Allegro molto
  29. Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 158: II. Andante molto
  30. Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 158: III. Allegro
  31. Concerto for Strings in A Minor, RV 161: I. Allegro
  32. Concerto for Strings in A Minor, RV 161: II. Largo
  33. Concerto for Strings in A Minor, RV 161: III. Allegro
  34. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 167: I. Allegro
  35. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 167: II. Andante
  36. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 167: III. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 109: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 109: II. Adagio
  3. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 109: III. Allegro molto
  4. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 114: I. Allegro
  5. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 114: II. Adagio
  6. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 114: III. Ciaccona
  7. Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 118: I. Allegro
  8. Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 118: II. Largo
  9. Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 118: III. Allegro
  10. Sinfonia in D Major, RV 122: I. Allegro
  11. Sinfonia in D Major, RV 122: II. Largo
  12. Sinfonia in D Major, RV 122: III. Presto
  13. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 126: I. Allegro
  14. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 126: II. Andante
  15. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 126: III. Allegro molto
  16. Concerto for Strings in E Minor, RV 133: I. Allegro
  17. Concerto for Strings in E Minor, RV 133: II. Largo
  18. Concerto for Strings in E Minor, RV 133: III. Allegro
  19. Sinfonia in F Major, RV 135: I. Allegro
  20. Sinfonia in F Major, RV 135: II. Andante
  21. Sinfonia in F Major, RV 135: III. Allegro
  22. Sinfonia in F Major, RV 137: I. Allegro
  23. Sinfonia in F Major, RV 137: II. Andante
  24. Sinfonia in F Major, RV 137: III. Presto
  25. Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 150: I. Allegro
  26. Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 150: II. Largo
  27. Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 150: III. Allegro
  28. Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 151: I. Presto
  29. Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 151: II. Adagio
  30. Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 151: III. Allegro
  31. Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 159: I. Allegro
  32. Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 159: II. Adagio
  33. Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 159: III. Allegro
  34. Sinfonia in B-Flat Major, RV 162: I. Allegro
  35. Sinfonia in B-Flat Major, RV 162: II. Largo
  36. Sinfonia in B-Flat Major, RV 162: III. Allegro assai
  37. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 163: I. —
  38. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 163: II. Andante
  39. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 163: III. Allegro
  40. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 164: I. Allegro
  41. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 164: II. Adagio
  42. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 164: III. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 115: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 115: II. —
  3. Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 115: III. Allegro
  4. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 124: I. Allegro
  5. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 124: II. Grave
  6. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 124: III. Allegro
  7. Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 129: I. Adagio
  8. Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 129: II. Allegro
  9. Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 129: III. Adagio
  10. Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 129: IV. —
  11. Sinfonia in E Major, RV 131: I. —
  12. Sinfonia in E Major, RV 131: II. Andante
  13. Sinfonia in E Major, RV 131: III. Allegro
  14. Sinfonia in F Major, RV 140: I. Allegro molto
  15. Sinfonia in F Major, RV 140: II. Andante
  16. Sinfonia in F Major, RV 140: III. —
  17. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 142: I. Allegro molto
  18. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 142: II. —
  19. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 142: III. Allegro molto
  20. Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 145: I. Allegro molto
  21. Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 145: II. Andante e sempre pianissimo
  22. Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 145: III. Presto
  23. Sinfonia in G Major, RV 146: I. Allegro
  24. Sinfonia in G Major, RV 146: II. Andante
  25. Sinfonia in G Major, RV 146: III. Presto
  26. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 155: I. Adagio
  27. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 155: II. Allegro
  28. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 155: III. Largo
  29. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 155: IV. Allegro
  30. Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 160: I. Allegro
  31. Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 160: II. Andante
  32. Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 160: III. Allegro
  33. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 165: I. Allegro
  34. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 165: II. Andante
  35. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 165: III. Presto
  36. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 166: I. Allegro
  37. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 166: II. Adagio
  38. Concerto for Strings in B-Flat Major, RV 166: III. —

Disk 4

  1. Sinfonia in C Major, RV 112: I. Allegro
  2. Sinfonia in C Major, RV 112: II. Andante
  3. Sinfonia in C Major, RV 112: III. Presto
  4. Sinfonia in C Major, RV 116: I. Allegro
  5. Sinfonia in C Major, RV 116: II. Affettuoso
  6. Sinfonia in C Major, RV 116: III. Presto
  7. Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 119: I. Allegro
  8. Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 119: II. Largo
  9. Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 119: III. Allegro
  10. Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 120: I. Allegro non molto
  11. Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 120: II. Largo
  12. Concerto for Strings in C Minor, RV 120: III. Allegro
  13. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 123: I. Allegro
  14. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 123: II. Adagio
  15. Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 123: III. Allegro
  16. Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 127: I. Allegro
  17. Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 127: II. Largo
  18. Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 127: III. Allegro
  19. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 141: I. Allegro molto
  20. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 141: II. Andante molto
  21. Concerto for Strings in F Major, RV 141: III. Allegro molto
  22. Sinfonia in G Major, RV 149: I. Allegro molto
  23. Sinfonia in G Major, RV 149: II. Andante
  24. Sinfonia in G Major, RV 149: III. Allegro
  25. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 152: I. Allegro molto
  26. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 152: II. Andante molto e sempre pianissimo
  27. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 152: III. Allegro molto
  28. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 154: I. Allegro
  29. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 154: II. Adagio
  30. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 154: III. Allegro
  31. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 156: I. Allegro
  32. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 156: II. Adagio
  33. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 156: III. Allegro
  34. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 157:I. Allegro
  35. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 157:II. Largo
  36. Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 157:III. Allegro
  37. Sinfonia in B Minor, RV 168: I. Allegro
  38. Sinfonia in B Minor, RV 168: II. Andante
  39. Sinfonia in B Minor, RV 168: III. Allegro