Vivaldi: Complete Concertos and Sinfonias (4CD)

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L'Archicembalo

An exhilarating romp through the Venetian prince of the Italian Baroque: 50 works, many of them still little-known, in historically informed performances with plenty of impact and colour.

Founded in 2000, L’Archicembalo is a period ensemble of top-notch Italian musicians who have played with all the major native exponents of Baroque music such as Giovanni Antonini and Giuliano Carmignola. According to La Stampa, the ensemble ranks among the most inspiring and authoritative Vivaldi interpreters of our time. Part of this collection was released separately in 2015, and attracted glowing reviews: ‘The tempi are well chosen, without exaggerations, but also without being too slow… Italian ensembles have shown that [these Sinfonias] are more than nice fillers in a programme of solo concertos. In this recording the polyphonic, theatrical and expressive qualities of these pieces are brought to light.’

What sets apart these concertos and sinfonias from the multitude of other such works composed by Vivaldi is the lack of a solo instrument. Yet with his usual, inexhaustible fertility of invention, Vivaldi turned this apparent lack into an opportunity to explore the possibilities of development and counterpoint more extensively than was possible in the oppositional and accompanimental language of the solo concertos.

After a dashing opening movement there is generally a central Adagio, in the form of a tripartite song or a simple sequence of chords. This is followed by a lively, dancelike movement in two parts with two refrains. On occasion this finale is replaced by a technically superlative Fugue that displays Vivaldi’s mastery of counterpoint. Sometimes the Fugue is placed at the beginning of the Concerto, perhaps implying the original context of the work as the instrumental introduction to a solemn Mass. In complement to the concertos, the Sinfonias generally feature bolder and more brilliant string writing, evidently for use as the curtain-raiser to a theatrical event, though they now stand perfectly well on their own.

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Tracklisting:

CD1
Concerto RV110 in C
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Largo
3. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV113 in C
4. I. Allegro
5. II. Grave
6. III. Allegro

Concerto RV121 in D
7. I. Allegro molto
8. II. Adagio
9. III. No tempo indication

Concerto RV128 in D minor
10. I. Allegro non molto
11. II. Largo
12. III. Allegro

Concerto RV134 in E minor
13. I. No tempo indication
14. II. Andante
15. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV136 in F
16. I. Allegro
17. II. Andante
18. III. Menuetto

Concerto RV138 in F
19. I. Allegro
20. II. Adagio 
21. III. Allegro

Concerto RV143 in F minor
22. I. Allegro
23. II. Adagio
24. III. No tempo indication

Concerto RV153 in G minor
25. I. Allegro
26. II. Andante
27. III. Allegro assai

Concerto RV158 in A
28. I. Allegro molto 
29. II. Andante molto 
30. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV161 in A minor
31. I. Allegro 
32. II. Largo 
33. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV167 in B flat
34. I. Allegro
35. II. Andante 
36. III. Allegro 

CD2
Concerto RV109 in C
1. I. Allegro 
2. II. Adagio 
3. III. Allegro molto 

Concerto RV114 in C
4. I. Allegro 
5. II. Adagio 
6. III. Ciaccona 

Concerto RV118 in C minor
7. I. Allegro 
8. II. Largo 
9. III. Allegro 

Sinfonia RV122 in D
10. I. Allegro 
11. II. Largo 
12. III. Presto 

Concerto RV126 in D
13. I. Allegro 
14. II. Andante 
15. III. Allegro molto 

Concerto RV133 in E minor
16. I. Allegro 
17. II. Largo 
18. III. Allegro 

Sinfonia RV135 in F
19. I. Allegro 
20. II. Andante 
21. III. Allegro 

Sinfonia RV137 in F
22. I. Allegro 
23. II. Andante 
24. III. Presto 

Concerto RV150 in G
25. I. Allegro 
26. II. Largo 
27. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV151 in G “Alla rustica”
28. I. Presto 
29. II. Adagio 
30. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV159 in A
31. I. Allegro 
32. II. Adagio 
33. III. Allegro 

Sinfonia RV162 in B flat
34. I. Allegro
35. II. Largo 
36. III. Allegro assai 

Concerto RV163 in B flat “Conca”
37. I. No tempo indication 
38. II. Andante 
39. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV164 in B flat
40. I. Allegro 
41. II. Adagio 
42. III. Allegro 

CD3
Concerto RV115 in C
1. I. Allegro 
2. II. No tempo indication 
3. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV124 in D
4. I. Allegro 
5. II. Grave 
6. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV129 in D minor “Madrigalesco”
7. I. Adagio 
8. II. Allegro 
9. III. Adagio 
10. IV. No tempo indication 

Sinfonia RV131 in E
11. I. No tempo indication 
12. II. Andante 
13. III. Allegro 

Sinfonia RV140 in F
14. I. Allegro molto 
15. II. Andante 
16. III. No tempo indication 

Concerto RV142 in F
17. I. Allegro molto 
18. II. No tempo indication 
19. III. Allegro molto 

Concerto RV145 in G
20. I. Allegro molto 
21. II. Andante e sempre pianissimo 
22. III. Presto

Sinfonia RV146 in G
23. I. Allegro 
24. II. Andante 
25. III. Presto 

Concerto RV155 in G minor
26. I. Adagio 
27. II. Allegro 
28. III. Largo 
29. IV. Allegro 

Concerto RV160 in A
30. I. Allegro 
31. II. Andante 
32. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV165 in B flat
33. I. Allegro 
34. II. Andante 
35. III. Presto

Concerto RV166 in B flat
36. I. Allegro
37. II. Adagio 
38. III. No tempo indication 

CD4
Sinfonia RV112 in C
1. I. Allegro 
2. II. Andante 
3. III. Presto 

Sinfonia RV116 in C
4. I. Allegro 
5. II. Affettuoso 
6. III. Presto 

Concerto RV119 in C minor
7. I. Allegro 
8. II. Largo 
9. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV120 in C minor
10. I. Allegro non molto 
11. II. Largo 
12. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV123 in D
13. I. Allegro 
14. II. Adagio 
15. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV127 in D minor
16. I. Allegro 
17. II. Largo 
18. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV141 in F
19. I. Allegro molto 
20. II. Andante molto 
21. III. Allegro molto 

Sinfonia RV149 in G
22. I. Allegro molto 
23. II. Andante
24. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV152 in G minor
25. I. Allegro molto 
26. II. Andante molto e sempre pianissimo 
27. III. Allegro molto 

Concerto RV154 in G minor
28. I. Allegro 
29. II. Adagio 
30. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV156 in G minor
31. I. Allegro 
32. II. Adagio 
33. III. Allegro 

Concerto RV157 in G minor
34. I. Allegro 
35. II. Largo 
36. III. Allegro 

Sinfonia RV168 in B minor
37. I. Allegro 
38. II. Andante 
39. III. Allegro