Biondi: Vivaldi - Concerti per la Pietà (24/88 FLAC)
Biondi: Vivaldi – Concerti per la Pietà (24/88 FLAC)

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Andrea Rognoni, Alessandro Andriana, Paola Poncet, Giangiacomo Pinardi
Orchestra: Europa Galante
Conductor: Fabio Biondi
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Glossa
Release: 2020
Size: 1.24 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Concerto for Two Violins, RV513
01. I. Allegro molto
02. II. Andante
03. III. Allegro

Violin Concerto, RV 222 in D major
04. I. Allegro
05. II. Andante
06. III. Allegro

Concerto in C major for violin, violoncello, organ & strings RV554a
07. I.
08. II.
09. III. Allegro

Concerto for Viola d’Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540
10. I. Allegro
11. II. Largo
12. III. Allegro

Concerto for strings, RV 152
13. I. Allegro molto
14. II. Andante molto
15. III. Allegro molto

Concerto in A major, RV 349
16. I. Allegro
17. II. Largo
18. III. Allegro ma poco

Violinist Fabio Biondi has a singular capacity for finding something new and exciting in the music of Antonio Vivaldi whenever he considers it, a prodigious feat which he demonstrates with Concerti per La Pietà, a new collection of works calling for a variety of demanding solo challenges, superbly met by Biondi and his colleagues from Europa Galante. In his Venetian years the well-spring of Vivaldi an inventiveness was fed by the composer working with one of the leading orchestras of early eighteenth-century Europe: the one at the Ospedale della Pietà, the charitable institution which took in, cared for –and educated – girls who had been orphaned or abandoned. Within the ospedale were nurtured instrumental virtuosos – known today only by their “sporting nicknames”: Bettina della viola, Margherita del arpa doppia, Lucieta della tromba, etc. Calling variously for solo violin, two violins, lute, cello, organ, or viola d’amore (Biondi plays an unreconstructed 1758 Vinaccia instrument), the concertos recorded here are drawn from across the thirty years in which Vivaldi worked at the ospedale. The freshness and personalness of Fabio Biondi’s musicmaking with Europa Galante has itself now been in evidence for a remarkable three decades and this new recording won’t disappoint listeners ready to have their preconceptions challenged yet be stimulated by consummate musicianship. An added attraction with this new Glossa release comes with the discussion of the programme, written by Pierre Élie Mamou, which succeeds in uniting Titian, Paul Verlaine, Rembrandt and Mathias Énard in a celebration of the music of Antonio Vivaldi!

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