Vivaldi: Complete Sonatas for 2 Violins and B.C.

Vivaldi: Complete Sonatas for 2 Violins and B.C.
Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Artist L'Archicembalo
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 96188
EAN code 5028421961880
Release September 2021

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A unique set of 20 trio sonatas, including the Venetian master’s first published collection, in new recordings from a dynamic Italian period-instrument group.

Antonín Vivaldi (1678-1741) was 27 years old when his Opus 1 collection of 12 sonatas first appeared in print in 1705. Whether or not they represent his earliest acknowledged compositions, they certainly mark the start of a glittering career, bearing already identifiable Vivaldian fingerprints while also drawing on a heritage of Italianate chamber music exemplified by the trio sonatas of Corelli.
The form of these early works resembles a suite rather than the three- and four-movement pieces determined by tempo marking which soon became standard practice for the sonatas and concertos composed by Vivaldi in such profusion. In all but three of the Opus 1 Sonatas, a freely developed prelude introduces a sequence of three dance movements such as sarabandes, gigues and gavottes. Solemnity and lively intimacy sit side by side, in an ingenious synthesis of church and chamber modes of expression.

Vivaldi’s Opus 1 reaches a grand climax with a free-standing set of variations on the most popular melody in 18th century Italy, ‘La Folia’. This grave and antique chord-sequence of Spanish origin inspired the 20-something composer to handle the familiar instrumental line-up in a bold new way, liberating the bass line from a supporting role and giving some especially brilliant canonical dialogues to the two violins. The sonata demonstrates the degree to which vocal writing inspired Vivaldi’s slow movements and paved the way for his future ventures in opera.

The album is completed by two sonatas from the Opus 5 collection published in 1716, and six more sonatas without an opus number (RV 60, 68, 71, 71, 74 and 77 in the Vivaldi catalogue), all scored for the same combination of instruments. The virtuoso handling and the constant interaction of the violins are reminiscent of Vivaldi’s double concertos. Whatever their date, the sonatas are remarkable compositions that deserve to be better known, and they receive stylish as well as historically informed advocacy here from L’Archicembalo, who are steadily assembling a critically acclaimed Vivaldi discography for Brilliant Classics.

Praise for L’Archicembalo on Brilliant Classics
'That one can emerge fresh from the listening experience and crave more says much for L’Archicembalo’s compelling performances and Vivaldi’s indefatigable imagination...’ Robin Stowell, The Strad

‘L’Archicembalo is an Italian Baroque ensemble with a nimble and vivacious style. Performances are energetic, quickly responsive and well recorded.’ Richard Fairman, Financial Times

‘A broad description of their sound would be that it’s as energetic, exuberant and rhythmic as you’d expect from Vivaldi performances, with a polish and attack that places it somewhere in the middle of the Vivaldi timbral punch-o-meter.’ Charlotte Gardner, Gramophone

- This 3-CD set contains Vivaldi’s complete Sonatas for two violins and basso continuo, taken from the Trio Sonatas Op.1 and Op.5. The early sonatas Op.1 were clearly influenced by Corelli, both in form and style; the 4 or 5 movements consist of dance forms, preceded by a Preludio, and the style is brilliant and virtuoso in the fast movements, while the slow movements reveal how the human voice acted as a model, paving the way for his future ventures into opera.
- Played on period instruments by L’Archicembalo, a young and exciting Early Music group from Italy. The two violins are accompanied by cello, violone and harpsichord.
- L’Archicembalo’s previous recording for Brilliant Classics, the string Symphonies by Vivaldi, received excellent reviews: “...a broad description of their sound would be that it’s as energetic, exuberant and rhythmic as you’d expect from Vivaldi performances...” (Gramophone), “...As soon as I heard them I was electrified. A new interpretation that is lively and harmonious, a blessing and an absolute stimulus for my ears”. (Bettina Winkler, SWR).

Listening

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 1 in G Minor RV 73, Op. 1: I. Preludio. Grave
  2. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 1 in G Minor RV 73, Op. 1: II. Allemanda. Allegro
  3. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 1 in G Minor RV 73, Op. 1: III. Adagio
  4. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 1 in G Minor RV 73, Op. 1: IV. Capriccio. Allegro
  5. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 1 in G Minor RV 73, Op. 1: V. Gavotta. Allegro
  6. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 2 in E Minor RV 67, Op. 1: I. Grave
  7. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 2 in E Minor RV 67, Op. 1: II. Corrente. Allegro
  8. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 2 in E Minor RV 67, Op. 1: III. Giga. Allegro
  9. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 2 in E Minor RV 67, Op. 1: IV. Gavotta. Allegro
  10. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 3 in C RV 61, Op. 1: I. Adagio
  11. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 3 in C RV 61, Op. 1: II. Allemanda. Allegro
  12. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 3 in C RV 61, Op. 1: III. Adagio
  13. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 3 in C RV 61, Op. 1: IV. Sarabanda. Allegro
  14. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 4 in E Major RV 66, Op. 1: I. Largo
  15. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 4 in E Major RV 66, Op. 1: II. Allegro – Adagio
  16. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 4 in E Major RV 66, Op. 1: III. Allemanda. Allegro
  17. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 4 in E Major RV 66, Op. 1: IV. Sarabanda. Largo
  18. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 4 in E Major RV 66, Op. 1: V. Giga. Allegro
  19. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 5 in F Major RV 69, Op. 1: I. Preludio. Largo
  20. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 5 in F Major RV 69, Op. 1: II. Allemanda. Presto
  21. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 5 in F Major RV 69, Op. 1: III. Corrente. Allegro
  22. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 5 in F Major RV 69, Op. 1: IV. Gavotta. Presto
  23. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 6 in D Major RV 62, Op. 1: I. Preludio. Grave
  24. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 6 in D Major RV 62, Op. 1: II. Corrente. Allegro
  25. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 6 in D Major RV 62, Op. 1: III. Adagio
  26. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 6 in D Major RV 62, Op. 1: IV. Allemanda. Allegro
  27. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 7 in E-Flat Major, RV 65, Op. 1: I. Preludio. Largo
  28. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 7 in E-Flat Major, RV 65, Op. 1: II. Allemanda. Allegro
  29. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 7 in E-Flat Major, RV 65, Op. 1: III. Sarabanda. Andante
  30. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 7 in E-Flat Major, RV 65, Op. 1: IV. Giga. Presto
  31. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 8 in D Minor RV 64, Op. 1: I. Preludio. Largo
  32. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 8 in D Minor RV 64, Op. 1: II. Corrente. Allegro
  33. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 8 in D Minor RV 64, Op. 1: III. Grave
  34. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 8 in D Minor RV 64, Op. 1: IV. Giga. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 9 in A Major RV 75, Op. 1: I. Preludio. Allegro
  2. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 9 in A Major RV 75, Op. 1: II. Adagio
  3. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 9 in A Major RV 75, Op. 1: III. Allemanda. Allegro
  4. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 9 in A Major RV 75, Op. 1: IV. Corrente. Presto
  5. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 10 in B-Flat Major RV 78, Op. 1: I. Preludio. Adagio
  6. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 10 in B-Flat Major RV 78, Op. 1: II. Allemanda. Allegro
  7. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 10 in B-Flat Major RV 78, Op. 1: III. Gavotta. Presto
  8. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 11 in B Minor RV 79, Op. 1: I. Preludio. Andante
  9. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 11 in B Minor RV 79, Op. 1: II. Corrente. Allegro
  10. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 11 in B Minor RV 79, Op. 1: III. Giga. Allegro
  11. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 11 in B Minor RV 79, Op. 1: IV. Gavotta. Presto
  12. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 12 in D Minor RV 63, Op. 1
  13. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 5 in B-Flat Major RV 76, Op. 5: I. Preludio. Andante
  14. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 5 in B-Flat Major RV 76, Op. 5: II. Allemanda. Allegro
  15. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 5 in B-Flat Major RV 76, Op. 5: III. Corrente. Allegro
  16. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 6 in G Minor RV 72, Op. 5: I. Preludio. Largo
  17. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 6 in G Minor RV 72, Op. 5: II. Allemanda. Allegro
  18. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 6 in G Minor RV 72, Op. 5: III. Air Menuet. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in F Major RV 70: I. Allegro
  2. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in F Major RV 70: II. Larghetto
  3. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in F Major RV 70: III. Allegro molto
  4. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in G Major, RV 71: I. Allegro
  5. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in G Major, RV 71: II. Larghetto
  6. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in G Major, RV 71: III. Allegro
  7. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in F Major, RV 68: I. Allegro
  8. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in F Major, RV 68: II. Andante
  9. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in F Major, RV 68: III. Allegro
  10. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 77: I. Allegro
  11. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 77: II. Andante
  12. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 77: III. Allegro
  13. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in G Minor, RV 74: I. Andante
  14. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in G Minor, RV 74: II. Allegro
  15. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in G Minor, RV 74: III. Andante
  16. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in G Minor, RV 74: IV. Allegro assai
  17. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in C Major, RV 60: I. Allegro
  18. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in C Major, RV 60: II. Adagio
  19. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in C Major, RV 60: III. Allegro
  20. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in C Major, RV 60: IV. Adagio
  21. Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in C Major, RV 60: V. Allegro