Concerti con molti istromenti

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Concerti con molti istromenti
The King's Consort, Robert King

[ Hyperion Helios / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 1 October 2012

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'Why mince words? This collection is one of the best Vivaldi records I have heard since I began reviewing records 40 years ago. Every movement is sheer delight' (American Record Guide)

'An entertaining, well-played set, sure to charm all Vivaldians' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Real gems for Vivaldi lovers' (Early Music Review)

'A winning programme' (Early Music Today)

'A fascinating collection of unusuually-scored concerti' (Classic CD)

'Urgently recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Vivaldi's multiple-instrument concertos!

The term 'con molti istromenti' (Vivaldi's own) refers not so much to the literal number of instruments involved as to their variety and unusual deployment. For an Italian concerto of the period to use wind instruments at all would be unusual; Vivaldi combines recorders, oboes, chalumeaux, horns and bassoons alongside a wide-ranging complement of strings, itself including viole all'inglese and the even more obscure violins 'in tromba marina'.

The composer's opportunity to write such works arose largely from the talented pool of girls available at the Pietà orphanage in Venice. These expert musicians would turn their hands to whatever Vivaldi could possibly desire and the resultant scoring is colourful (sometimes outrageously so) and inexhaustibly inventive


Concerto in F major RV574 [11'33]
for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns and strings

Concerto funebre in B flat major RV579 [6'36]
for oboe, chalumeau, violin, 3 viole all'inglese and strings

Concerto in D major RV562 [15'33]
for violin, 2 oboes, 2 horns and strings

Concerto in F major RV97 [11'55]
for viola d'amore, 2 horns, 2 oboes and bassoon

Concerto in D major RV781 [6'25]
for 2 trumpets and strings

Concerto in C major RV555 [8'06]
for 2 recorders, oboe, chalumeau, violin, 2 viole all'inglese, 2 violins 'in tromba marina', 2 harpsichords and strings

Concerto in D minor RV566 [7'44]
for 2 recorders, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 violins and strings