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Vivaldi: Cello Concertos / King, Cohen, King's Consort

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello in G minor, RV 416
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 420
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in C minor "Alla Rustica," RV 401
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello in G minor, RV 417
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello in F major, RV 410
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in G major, RV 415
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Notes & Reviews:

Vivaldi wrote more cello concertos (twenty-eight, at the last count) than anyone else to date. This exciting new recording presents six works by the Italian master and one particularly fine concerto whose attribution is in question. In any case, all seven are wonderful examples of the form to which Vivaldi continually returned throughout his long career. Cellist Jonathan Cohen's mellifluous interpretations of these concertos are a joy to hear - if his name is new, this disc will surely make a wide audience aware to his prodigious talent. Accompaniment is provided by Vivaldi specialists Robert King and The King's Court.

'Cohen is an intelligent cellist ... and in the slow movements he's a dream, fashioning an Adagio of deep, soulful beauty out of the simple materials provided in the early RV416. The uncomplicated orchestral playing provides the perfect backdrop for Cohen's graceful virtuosity, of which I'd certainly like to hear more' (International Record Review)

'[Cohen] combines an easy and soulful tone with incisive precision and agility' (Gramophone)

'Cohen finds constant variety and individuality in these works' (The Strad)

'Very delectable' (The Times)

'The playing...is first rate - phrases are beautifully wrought and each of the works is given a distinctive flavour. This is a recital to savour!' (Early Music Review)

'Cohen is an expressive player with a feeling for articulate phrasing who responds readily to the poetry of slow movements...The King's Consort under Robert King's direction from the harpsichord offers stylish and alert support throughout' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Jonathan Cohen and Robert King make an excellent team, and the interplay with The King's Consort is often incisive and exciting. It's a fine disc. A second volume of Vivaldi's cello concertos would be most welcome' (www.classicalsource.com)

'If there is any recording that might persuade our editor that there is some virtue to early music performance practice, this might be it. I find myself unusually involved by this release, in several respects, and I recommend it to your attention ... The cello seems to have inspired him to write some of his deepest music - and I am not speaking registrally. This is a good selection from his 28 concertos for the instrument, performed with satisfying intensity' (American Record Guide)

'Lovely, extensive, crisp, melodic lines from The King's Consort strings...this album makes a sterling debut in my book' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'Jonathan Cohen's performances are nothing short of phenomenal; his dazzling agility and artistic insight truly make the cello sing... A disc to relish and enjoy in excellent sound and exemplary annotations' (Classical.net)



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello in G minor, RV 416
  • Performers: Robert King (Harpsichord); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (04/15/2005-04/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 420
  • Performers: Robert King (Harpsichord); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (04/15/2005-04/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531
  • Performers: Robert King (Harpsichord); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello); Sarah McMahon (Cello)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (04/15/2005-04/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in C minor "Alla Rustica," RV 401
  • Performers: Robert King (Harpsichord); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (04/15/2005-04/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello in G minor, RV 417
  • Performers: Robert King (Harpsichord); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (04/15/2005-04/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello in F major, RV 410
  • Performers: Robert King (Harpsichord); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (04/15/2005-04/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Cello, strings & continuo in G major, RV 415
  • Performers: Robert King (Harpsichord); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (04/15/2005-04/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742