Antonio Vivaldi – La Cetra – 12 concerti op. 9

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741), nicknamed il Prete Rosso (“The Red Priest”) because of his red hair, was an Italian Baroque composer, priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Vivaldi is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe. Vivaldi is known mainly for composing instrumental concertos, especially for the violin, as well as sacred choral works and over 40 operas. His best known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi worked from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna hoping for preferment. The Emperor died soon after Vivaldi’s arrival, and the composer died a pauper, without a steady source of income. Though Vivaldi’s music was well received during his lifetime, it later declined in popularity until its vigorous revival in the first half of the 20th century. Today, Vivaldi ranks among the most popular and widely recorded Baroque composers.

Antonio Vivaldi’s Opus Four consists of a collection of a dozen concertos for violin, string orchestra, and basso continuo. Owing to some unusual and sometimes daring melodic and harmonic twists it carries the title La Stravaganza (The Extravaganza). The solo music includes a lot of melodic cantabile flights and also a lot of figural passagework that often rises to a virtuosic level. This concerto, cast in two official movements, is the most unorthodoxly organized of the collection. There is no initial ritornello. The soloist glides starts off the opening Allegro with a gliding solo passage that moves over accompaniment from the continuo. Eventually the ensemble comes in and punctuates the solo discourse on several occasions with interludes. A half-cadence in a single-measure Adagio leads to a Presto that features figural solo lines and chordal support and interludes from the tutti, and another half-cadence leads to a transitional Adagio that features sustained chords for the tutti that move through many unexpected harmonic turns and clashes.

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Valerio Di Stefano – Sonetto per Federico Maria Sardelli – Lettura di Valerio Di Stefano

Facesti il mondo di Barocco intriso
dacché nascesti e allor tu’ padre
cercò, meschin, di farti all’arte aduso
ma fìe preferivi, e pur leggiadre.

Quando voltasti il pur sprezzante muso
al pubblico plaudente a più non posso
già t’eri dato, in un spregior soffuso,
ad essere tutt’un col Prete Rosso.

Le danze, le ciaccone e le gavotte,
pavane, minuetti e rimalmezzo,
di stéccoli, micini e Lancillòtte,

furiosi Orlandi e Angeliche mignotte,
Bach che lo guardi con regal disprezzo
son tutte al tuo sapere scienze esatte.

distefano-sardelli

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Antonio Vivaldi – Le quattro stagioni in forma di sonata per violoncello – Vito Paternoster (violoncello)

Vito Paternoster performed has performed Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” perhaps 1000 times in 35 years all around the world. He has also recorded it 6 times with the best Italian violinists (three times with the label Philips Classic-Universal, once with Sony jp, twice with Arcadia kr). He now proposes his own version, according to the ancient stylistic of transposition in forma di sonata, which is this recording before you now.

[hifi lofi] 01-Allegro La Primavera (3:11)
[hifi lofi] 02-Largo La Primavera (2:27)
[hifi lofi] 03-Allegro La Primavera (4:06)
[hifi lofi] 04-Allegro non molto L’Estate (5:20)
[hifi lofi] 05-Adagio L’Estate (2:27)
[hifi lofi] 06-Presto L’Estate (2:46)
[hifi lofi] 07-Allegro L’Autunno (5:00)
[hifi lofi] 08-Adagio molto L’Autunno (2:10)
[hifi lofi] 09-Allegro L’Autunno (3:23)
[hifi lofi] 10-Allegro non molto L’Inverno (3:22)
[hifi lofi] 11-Largo L’Inverno (2:02)
[hifi lofi] 12-Allegro L’Inverno (3:18)
[hifi lofi] 13-Largo Sonata in la min for cello ebc RV44 (2:37)
[hifi lofi] 14-Allegro poco Sonata in la min for cello ebc RV44 (3:08)
[hifi lofi] 15-Largo Sonata in la min for cello ebc RV44 (2:25)
[hifi lofi] 16-Allegro Sonata in la min for cello ebc RV44 (2:10)

 


Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons in forma di sonata for cello by Vito Paternoster

Antonio Vivaldi – Concerti – Trascrizioni per chitarra a otto corde – Daniel Estrem

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[hifi lofi] 01-Allegro Concerto in D major RV325 (A Vivaldi) (2:29)
[hifi lofi] 02-Larghetto Concerto in D major RV325 (A Vivaldi) (3:43)
[hifi lofi] 03-Allegro Concerto in D major RV325 (A Vivaldi) (2:37)
[hifi lofi] 04-Allegro Concerto in A minor RV461 (A Vivaldi) (4:49)
[hifi lofi] 05-Larghetto Concerto in A minor RV461 (A Vivaldi) (3:24)
[hifi lofi] 06-Allegro Concerto in A minor RV461 (A Vivaldi) (3:17)
[hifi lofi] 07-Allegro Concerto in E major RV265 (A Vivaldi) (4:08)
[hifi lofi] 08-Largo Concerto in E major RV265 (A Vivaldi) (3:28)
[hifi lofi] 09-Allegro Concerto in E major RV265 (A Vivaldi) (3:21)
[hifi lofi] 10-Allegro Concerto in D minor RV565 (A Vivaldi) (4:32)
[hifi lofi] 11-Largo Concerto in D minor RV565 (A Vivaldi) (2:25)
[hifi lofi] 12-Allegro Concerto in D minor RV565 (A Vivaldi) (2:56)
[hifi lofi] 13-Allegro Concerto in G major RV310 (A Vivaldi) (2:44)
[hifi lofi] 14-Largo Concerto in G major RV310 (A Vivaldi) (2:01)
[hifi lofi] 15-Allegro Concerto in G major RV310 (A Vivaldi) (3:03)
[hifi lofi] 16-Allegro Concerto in A minor RV356 (A Vivaldi) (3:25)
[hifi lofi] 17-Largo Concerto in A minor RV356 (A Vivaldi) (1:56)
[hifi lofi] 18-Presto Concerto in A minor RV356 (A Vivaldi) (2:49)

 


Vivaldi Concertos on 8-string guitar by Daniel Estrem

Imported from Italy – Gonzalo X Ruiz

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[hifi lofi] 01-Sonata for Oboe and Bassoc Continuo in G major: Andante (Sammartini) (3:08)
[hifi lofi] 02-Sonata for Oboe and Bassoc Continuo in G major: Allegro (Sammartini) (2:45)
[hifi lofi] 03-Sonata for Oboe and Bassoc Continuo in G major: Adagio (Sammartini) (0:47)
[hifi lofi] 04-Sonata for Oboe and Bassoc Continuo in G major: Minuet (Sammartini) (1:39)
[hifi lofi] 05-Sonata for Oboe and Bassoc Continua in G minor: Adagio – RV 28 (Vivaldi) (3:02)
[hifi lofi] 06-Sonata for Oboe and Bassoc Continua in G minor: Allegro – RV 28 (Vivaldi) (1:58)
[hifi lofi] 07-Sonata for Oboe and Bassoc Continua in G minor: Largo – RV 28 (Vivaldi) (1:58)
[hifi lofi] 08-Sonata for Oboe and Bassoc Continua in G minor: Allegro – RV 28 (Vivaldi) (2:01)
[hifi lofi] 09-Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in Bb: Largo – RV 43 (Vivaldi) (3:37)
[hifi lofi] 10-Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in Bb: Allegro – RV 43 (Vivaldi) (2:25)
[hifi lofi] 11-Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in Bb: Largo – RV 43 (Vivaldi) (3:36)
[hifi lofi] 12-Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo in Bb: Allegro – RV 43 (Vivaldi) (2:08)
[hifi lofi] 13-Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in F major: Allegro (Besozzi) (3:02)
[hifi lofi] 14-Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in F major: Adagio (Besozzi) (2:08)
[hifi lofi] 15-Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in F major: Allegro (Besozzi) (2:47)
[hifi lofi] 16-Two Sonatas in F minor for solo Harpsichord: Andante – K 238 (Scarlatti) (3:00)
[hifi lofi] 17-Two Sonatas in F minor for solo Harpsichord: Allegro – K 239 (Scarlatti) (2:41)
[hifi lofi] 18-Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in C minor: Adagio assai (Platti) (1:37)
[hifi lofi] 19-Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in C minor: Allegro assai (Platti) (2:16)
[hifi lofi] 20-Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in C minor: Non tanto adagio (Platti) (2:01)
[hifi lofi] 21-Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in C minor: Giga presto (Platti) (1:42)

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Antonio Vivaldi – Le Quattro Stagioni – American Baroque

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Some of the world’s finest masters of the Baroque repertoire perfom a fresh, lilting interpretation of Vivaldi’s most beloved work. The ensemble’s highest technical command is met with a poetic grasp of the music, with lead violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock’s amazing “hair trigger virtuosity” always pushing the group toward new vistas of expressiveness.

 




The Four Seasons by Vivaldi by American Baroque

Arcangelo Corelli – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto Barocco – Voices of Music

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[hifi lofi] 01-Vivace – Grave – Arcangelo Corelli – Concerto Grosso Op 6 – No 8 In G Minor (Christmas) (1:35)
[hifi lofi] 02-Allegro – Arcangelo Corelli – Concerto Grosso Op 6 – No 8 In G Minor (Christmas) (2:16)
[hifi lofi] 03-Adagio – Alegro – Adagio – Arcangelo Corelli – Concerto Grosso Op 6 – No 8 In G Minor (Christmas) (3:03)
[hifi lofi] 04-Vivace – Arcangelo Corelli – Concerto Grosso Op 6 – No 8 In G Minor (Christmas) (1:07)
[hifi lofi] 05-Allegro – Pastorale Ad Lbitum – Largo Arcangelo Corelli – Concerto Grosso Op 6 – No 8 In G Minor (Christmas) (5:54)
[hifi lofi] 06-Allegro – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In C Major For Recorder And Strings RV 433 (2:43)
[hifi lofi] 07-Largo – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In C Major For Recorder And Strings RV 433 (1:24)
[hifi lofi] 08-Presto – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In C Major For Recorder And Strings RV 433 (2:04)
[hifi lofi] 09-Allegro – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In G Minor For Two Cellos And Strings RV 531 (3:23)
[hifi lofi] 10-Largo – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In G Minor For Two Cellos And Strings RV 531 (4:21)
[hifi lofi] 11-Allegro – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In G Minor For Two Cellos And Strings RV 531 (3:03)
[hifi lofi] 12-Presto – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In G Major For Strings RV 151 (Alla Rustica) (1:11)
[hifi lofi] 13-Adago – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In G Major For Strings RV 151 (Alla Rustica) (0:48)
[hifi lofi] 14-Allegro – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In G Major For Strings RV 151 (Alla Rustica) (1:35)
[hifi lofi] 15-Vivace – JS Bach – Concerto In D Minor For Two Violins And Strings BWV 1043 (3:45)
[hifi lofi] 16-Largo Ma Non Tanto – JS Bach – Concerto In D Minor For Two Violins And Strings BWV 1043 (5:52)
[hifi lofi] 17-Allegro – JS Bach – Concerto In D Minor For Two Violins And Strings BWV 1043 (4:31)
[hifi lofi] 18-Allegro – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In C Minor For Violin Organ And Strings RV 766 (2:49)
[hifi lofi] 19-Largo – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In C Minor For Violin Organ And Strings RV 766 (1:30)
[hifi lofi] 20-Allegro – Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto In C Minor For Violin Organ And Strings RV 766 (2:31)
[hifi lofi] 21-Pachelbel Canon In D Major – Johann Pachelbel – Canon And Gigue For Three Violins And Basso Continuo In D Major (4:13)
[hifi lofi] 22-Gigue In D Major – Johann Pachelbel- Canon And Gigue For Three Violins And Basso Continuo In D Major (1:28)

 




Concerto Barocco by Voices of Music

Concerti Barocchi – Trascrizione per chitarra a otto corde – Daniel Estrem

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Antonio Vivaldi’s extensive body of concertos (over 500) spanned a period greater than three decades. L’Estro Armonico, Op. 3, (Harmonic Inspiration) is a collection of twelve concertos for 1, 2, and 4 violins (1711). It achieved instant success and exerted a widespread influence on 18th-century instrumental music. In fact, J. S. Bach was so impressed that he transcribed six of these concertos for various instruments as an expression of his indebtedness. These concertos, two of which are included on this recording (No. 2 and 8) suggest a conscious effort by Vivaldi to forge a new concerto language.

Vivaldi’s brief Concerto in G Major (Alla Rustica) with its strong allusions to folk music is well-suited to the guitar, which is particularly adept with folk melodies and rhythms.

The Brandenburg Concertos (1721) by J. S. Bach are widely regarded as among the finest musical compositions of the Baroque era. No two of the six concertos are alike in their instrumentation. The Third Concerto included on this recording is a pure ensemble piece. Between the two rollicking outer movements lies a puzzle that has often perplexed scholars and challenged performers. This second movement labeled adagio, consists of a mere two chords. When played literally it sounds far too short to separate the pulsating and energetic first and third movements. Consequently, many performers (D. Estrem included) opt to insert an appropriate slow movement from another one of Bach’s works.

The Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, also known as the Double Violin Concerto is one of the more famous works by Bach. It was written around 1730 and includes one of Bach’s most touching and beautiful slow movements.

 

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[hifi lofi] 01-Concerto Op3 no8 RV522 Allegro (A Vivaldi) (4:06)
[hifi lofi] 02-Concerto Op3 no8 RV522 Larghetto (A Vivaldi) (3:59)
[hifi lofi] 03-Concerto Op3 no8 RV522 Allegro (A Vivaldi) (4:02)
[hifi lofi] 04-Brandenburg Concerto no3 BWV1048 Allegro (JS Bach) (6:34)
[hifi lofi] 05-BWV1019 Largo (JS Bach) (1:44)
[hifi lofi] 06-Brandenburg Concerto no3 BWV1048 Allegro (JS Bach) (6:19)
[hifi lofi] 07-Concerto Op3 no2 RV578 Adagio e spiccato (A Vivaldi) (1:38)
[hifi lofi] 08-Concerto Op3 no2 RV578 Allegro (A Vivaldi) (2:59)
[hifi lofi] 09-Concerto Op3 no2 RV578 Larghetto (A Vivaldi) (2:44)
[hifi lofi] 10-Concerto Op3 no2 RV578 Allegro (A Vivaldi) (3:02)
[hifi lofi] 11-Concerto in D Minor BWV1043 Vivace (JS Bach) (4:20)
[hifi lofi] 12-Concerto in D Minor BWV1043 Largo (JS Bach) (6:34)
[hifi lofi] 13-Concerto in D Minor BWV1043 Allegro (JS Bach) (5:57)
[hifi lofi] 14-Concerto in G Major RV151 Presto (A Vivaldi) (1:22)
[hifi lofi] 15-Concerto in G Major RV151 Adagio (A Vivaldi) (0:52)
[hifi lofi] 16-Concerto in G Major RV151 Allegro (A Vivaldi) (1:40)

 




Baroque Concertos on 8 String Guitar by Daniel Estrem

Vivaldi Sacred Box – Bezdin Ensemble – Adina Spire

 

 

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In September 1703, Vivaldi became maestro di violino (master of violin) at a girl orphanage called the Pio Ospedale della Pietà (Devout Hospital of Mercy) in Venice. Vivaldi was only 25 when he started working at the Ospedale della Pietà. Over the next thirty years he composed most of his major works while working there.

Bezdin is a similar institution in Romania; its purpose is still to give shelter and education to girls who were abandoned or orphaned, or whose families could not support them. The girls receive a musical education and the most talented stay and became members of the Bezdin ensemble choir or orchestra, at moment based in Russia.

The performance was commissioned for the Arad’s Christmas Concert of 2009 in Romania. The Bezdin Ensemble decided to use in part, girl voices for the choir, involving the girl choir of the Bezdin orphanage.
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[hifi lofi] 01-Gloria (Antonio Vivaldi) (24:37)
[hifi lofi] 02-Stabat Mater (Antonio Vivaldi) (14:18)
[hifi lofi] 03-Magnificat (Antonio Vivaldi) (13:04)


Vivaldi Sacred Box by Bezdin Ensemble

Vivaldi Fata Tiganca – Bezdin Ensemble – Adina Spire

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“Vivaldi Fata Tiganca” means “Vivaldi was a gypsy girl” in Romanian. This album proposes some secular works of Antonio Vivaldi, performed with a gypsy intonation of the orchestra and soloists. There are some controversial historical sources claiming that Vivaldi was in reality a woman teaching in a girl orphanage. The Bezdin Ensemble and its conductor Adina Spire make homage with this album to the classical music of all women.

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[hifi lofi] 01-Vivaldi Fata Tiganca (Antonio Vivaldi) (20:30)
[hifi lofi] 02-La follia (Antonio Vivaldi) (8:20)
[hifi lofi] 03-Inverno (arranged for cello) (Antonio Vivaldi) (8:32)
[hifi lofi] 04-Cello Concerto in G Major (Antonio Vivaldi) (9:12)
[hifi lofi] 05-Violin Concerto (arranged for cello) (Antonio Vivaldi) (7:04)
[hifi lofi] 06-Cello Concerto In a minor (Antonio Vivaldi) (9:55)


Vivaldi Fata Tiganca by Bezdin Ensemble