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Recorder Concertos by Vivaldi, Giovanni Sammartini, Jacques Naudot, Alessandro Scarlatti / Richard Harvey, recorder; London Vivaldi Orchestra, David Woodcock, Monica Huggett

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Piccolo in C major, RV 443
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Recorder in C minor, RV 441
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Recorder in F major, RV 442
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Piccolo in C major, RV 444
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Recorder and 2 Violins in A minor, RV 108
>Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini : Concerto for recorder & orchestra in F major
>Naudot, Jacques-Christophe : Concerto for flute (or recorder, hurdy-gurdy, musette, oboe) & strings in G major, Op. 17/5
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sinfonie di concerto grosso no 3 for flute, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo in D minor
Performer Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The rapid evolution of the solo concerto for the recorder can be traced through the eight fine examples brought together in this collection, from the sheer virtuosity of Vivaldi, through the Concerto Grosso style of Alessandro Scarlatti, to the elegant musicality of Sammartini and Naudot.

The rapid evolution of the solo concerto for the recorder can be traced through the eight fine examples brought together in this collection, from the sheer virtuosity of Vivaldi through the Concerto Grosso style of Alessandro Scarlatti, to the elegant, stylish musicality of Sammartini and Naudot. These concertos demonstrate an ingenious variety of approaches to one inherent musical problem - how to balance the soft, non-dynamic tone of the recorder with an orchestral accompaniment. The frequently favoured techniques are to use either upper strings or continuo to support the recorder, but these are seldom used together. Vivaldi employs muted strings in the F major concerto (RV 442) and both he and Sammartini use higher-pitched instruments for greater volume and clarity.



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Piccolo in C major, RV 443
  • Performer: Richard Harvey (Recorder)
  • Conductor: David Woodcock
  • Ensemble: London Vivaldi Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Recorder in C minor, RV 441
  • Performer: Richard Harvey (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Monica Huggett
  • Ensemble: London Vivaldi Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Recorder in F major, RV 442
  • Performer: Richard Harvey (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Piccolo in C major, RV 444
  • Performer: Richard Harvey (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Recorder and 2 Violins in A minor, RV 108
  • Performer: Richard Harvey (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716

>Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini : Concerto for recorder & orchestra in F major
  • Performer: Richard Harvey (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Naudot, Jacques-Christophe : Concerto for flute (or recorder, hurdy-gurdy, musette, oboe) & strings in G major, Op. 17/5
  • Performer: Richard Harvey (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sinfonie di concerto grosso no 3 for flute, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo in D minor
  • Performer: Richard Harvey (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: after 06/01/1715