Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Third Installment of Violin Concertos in Naïve’s Landmark Vivaldi Edition

The latest installment in naïve’s landmark Vivaldi Edition is the third volume dedicated to the endlessly creative violin concertos by the Venetian composer. The title of the album, “Il ballo”, refers to the strong dance influence in the seven featured works. Among these works are the first recording of the manuscript version of Concerto RV210, one of Vivaldi’s favorite violin concertos, and another of his favorites: RV333. Violinist Duilio Galfetti and I Barocchisti under the direction of Diego Fasolis make their debut in the Vivaldi Edition with this release.

naïve’s previous Vivaldi Edition recording was released just last month in the U.S. and is already receiving enthusiastic acclaim in Europe. Michael Quinn reports for the BBC:

“naïve’s ambitious Vivaldi Edition reaches its 29th volume with this joyful recording of La fida ninfa (The faithful nymph) boasting a starry, strong-in-depth cast under what increasingly appears to be the infallible direction of Jean-Christophe Spinosi … . Vocal performances are above and beyond the call of duty, with especially agile and vivid contributions from sopranos Sandrine Piau (Licori) and Verónica Cangemi (Morasto), countertenor Philippe Jaroussky (Osmino), and tenor Topi Lehtippu (Narete) altogether outstanding. The playing, from Spinosi’s own period-instrument Ensemble Matheus is fresh and vital, fizzing with energy and bursting with exuberant color, their begetter conducting with incisive winning conviction. This is not an opera that will easily find its way into the repertoire, but as an example of Vivaldi at his most irresistibly vivacious, it is more than worth investigating.”
Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Concertos Vol. 3, “Il ballo”
RV 352, 307, 268, 333, 210, 312, and 350
Duilio Galfetti (violin)
I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis
OP 30474
Available March 31 from naïve

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