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The Bucentaur at the Molo on Ascension Day by Antonio Canaletto (1697-1768)
Reproduced by kind permission of The Governors of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDA66160
Recording details: December 1984
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: September 1986
Total duration: 11 minutes 15 seconds

'The performances are 'authentic' in the best meaning of the word, and the recorded sound is everywhere first rate' (Gramophone)

'Excellent' (International Record Review)

'This is easily the most thoroughly produced Vivaldi lute record yet to come my way… played with style, wit and grace. The digital recording is warmly sympathetic. Best of the Month' (Hi-Fi News)

'Pure Venetian magic' (

'The playing is first class – an hour of sheer pleasure.' (Classical Guitar)

Concerto for viola d'amore and lute in D minor, RV540

Allegro  [5'12]
Largo  [2'56]
Allegro  [3'07]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This serene movement, scored for the two soloists and one single line of violins, comes from a concerto which Vivaldi wrote specifically for a concert at the Pietà in Venice on 21 March 1740 for the Crown Prince of Saxony-Poland. It is likely that the d’amore soloist was Anna Maria, one of Vivaldi’s most famous and versatile students. He included her initials in the title, styled ‘per viola d’AMore’.

from notes by Roy Goodman © 1999

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