Vivaldi: Cello Concertos / Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dorilla in tempe RV 709
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello in G minor, RV 416
>Caldara, Antonio : Sinfonia a quattro no 12 in A minor ("La passione di Gesu Signor nostro")
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in F major, RV 412
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for strings & continuo in C major, RV 114
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 409
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" no 11), Op. 3/11,
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in B minor, RV 424
>Caldara, Antonio : Sinfonia a quattro no 6 in G minor ("San Elena al Calvario")
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 419
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Among his many famous and beloved concertos, Vivaldi wrote no fewer than twenty-seven for the cello - an instrument that at the time was generally consigned to playing basso continuo. With the genuine virtuosi he had available to him at the Ospedale della Pietà, the Prete Rosso played a key role in the emancipation of the cello. On this new CD of Vivaldi concertos, acclaimed cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras is supported by the musicians of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in a fascinating program that is further enhanced by a selection of highly expressive Sinfonias by Antonio Caldara.

"The adage goes that Vivaldi did not so much compose hundreds of concertos as write the same concerto hundreds of times. However, this disc featuring the estimable cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras illustrates the fallacy of that argument. ...Queyras is equal to all Vivaldi’s challenges and intricacies, adopting a buoyant “period” style that is fully matched by the incisive, pungent playing of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin." -The Daily Telegraph

Sunday Times
Queyras's handling of Vivaldi's dazzling streams in the faster movements is brilliant and precise, despite extreme tempos, and he is eloquently expressive in the beautifully phrased slower music. In two effervescent and sophisticated concertos for two violins and cello (RV 415 and RV 565), his partners, Georg Kallweit and Elfa Run Kristinsdottir, are equally good.

The Independent
The timbre and sonority of Queyras's instrument imparts a rich, antique flavour, while his deft bowing - as on the finale to the "Concerto in G minor" - perfectly embodies the Vivaldian qualities of delight and vivacity. The album is full of memorable moments

The Irish Times
[in RV409] Queyras's soft-grained tone is strikingly partnered by the almost bleakly plaintive bassoon playing of Christian Beuse. The players of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin delight in the sharp cut and thrust that Vivaldi so often offers in theses works.

Gramophone Magazine
Queyras's Adagio, with the lightest of accompaniments - solo lute - is especially eloquent... Queyras's scheme, alternating the cello with varied sinfonias and concertos for the string band, is particularly successful, with a series of extremely lively (though on occasion excessively fierce) performances by the Akademie fur Alte Musik, Georg Kallweit contributing a beautiful violin solo in the well-known Concerto RV565.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (10/2010).



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dorilla in tempe RV 709 :: Sinfonia in C major
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Ensemble: Accademy for Ancient Music, Berlin
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/09/1726

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dorilla in tempe RV 709 :: Sinfonia in C major
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/09/1726

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dorilla in tempe RV 709 :: Sinfonia in C major
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/09/1726

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello in G minor, RV 416
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Caldara, Antonio : Sinfonia a quattro no 12 in A minor ("La passione di Gesú Signor nostro")
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in F major, RV 412
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for strings & continuo in C major, RV 114
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1729-1730

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 409
  • Performers: Christian Beuse (Bassoon); Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" no 11), Op. 3/11,
  • Performers: Georg Kallweit (Violin); Jan Freiheit (Cello); Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello); Elfa Kristinsdottir (Violin)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in B minor, RV 424
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Caldara, Antonio : Sinfonia a quattro no 6 in G minor ("San Elena al Calvario")
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1731

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 419
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742