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Vivaldi: 6 Cello Sonatas / Pieter Wispelwey, Florilegium

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 6 in B flat (Preludio - Largo, Allemanda - Allegro, Largo, Corrente - Allegro)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 9 in E flat (Larghetto, Allegro, Andante, Allegro)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 8 in A minor (Largo, Allegro poco, Largo, Allegro)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 7 in G minor (Preludio - Largo, Allemanda - Andante, Sarabanda - Largo, Gigue - Allegro)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 5 in E minor (Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegro)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 4 in B flat (Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegro)
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Vivaldi wrote with great imagination for the cello, and the sonatas, like the concertos, are plentifully endowed with affecting melodies - the third movement of the E minor Sonata is a superb example - and virtuoso gestures. It would seem, on the strength of these pieces, that Vivaldi possessed a rare sensibility to the expressive cantabile possibilities in writing for the cello.

Certainly, few Baroque composers other than Bach and perhaps Geminiani realised the instrument's solo potential better than he. Wispelwey is a sensitive player who draws a warm if at times under-assertive sound from his instrument. Fast movements are clearly articulated, slow ones lyrically played with some feeling for the poetry of the music. The performances are thoughtful and enlightened, with a continuo group that includes organ, harpsichord, cello, archlutes, theorboes and guitars in a variety of combinations. The quality of the recorded sound is fine.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 6 in B flat (Preludio - Largo, Allemanda - Allegro, Largo, Corrente - Allegro)
  • Performers: Neal Costa (Harpsichord); Neal Costa (Organ); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute); Elizabeth Kenny (Guitar); Pieter Wispelwey (Cello); William Carter (Theorbo); William Carter (Archlute); William Carter (Guitar)
  • Notes: Renswoude, The Netherlands (01/08/1994-01/10/1994)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1739

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 9 in E flat (Larghetto, Allegro, Andante, Allegro)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Elizabeth Kenny (Guitar); Pieter Wispelwey (Cello); William Carter (Guitar); William Carter (Theorbo); William Carter (Archlute)
  • Notes: Renswoude, The Netherlands (01/08/1994-01/10/1994)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 8 in A minor (Largo, Allegro poco, Largo, Allegro)
  • Performers: Neal Costa (Organ); Neal Costa (Harpsichord); Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
  • Notes: Renswoude, The Netherlands (01/08/1994-01/10/1994)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 7 in G minor (Preludio - Largo, Allemanda - Andante, Sarabanda - Largo, Gigue - Allegro)
  • Performers: Neal Costa (Organ); Neal Costa (Harpsichord); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute); Elizabeth Kenny (Guitar); Pieter Wispelwey (Cello); William Carter (Theorbo); William Carter (Guitar); William Carter (Archlute)
  • Notes: Renswoude, The Netherlands (01/08/1994-01/10/1994)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 5 in E minor (Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegro)
  • Performers: Neal Costa (Harpsichord); Neal Costa (Organ); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Elizabeth Kenny (Guitar); Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute); Pieter Wispelwey (Cello); William Carter (Archlute); William Carter (Theorbo); William Carter (Guitar)
  • Notes: Renswoude, The Netherlands (01/08/1994-01/10/1994)
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1739

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata no 4 in B flat (Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegro)
  • Performers: Neal Costa (Harpsichord); Neal Costa (Organ); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute); Elizabeth Kenny (Guitar); Pieter Wispelwey (Cello); William Carter (Guitar); William Carter (Archlute); William Carter (Theorbo)
  • Notes: Renswoude, The Netherlands (01/08/1994-01/10/1994)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1739