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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67230
Recording details: September 2000
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: November 2001
Total duration: 6 minutes 0 seconds

'A collection of Italian delights … [Durante's] Concerto No 8, La Pazzia, sounds like Vivaldi gone bananas … The Raglan Baroque Players aren't the starriest of groups but on the evidence of this disc they ought to be' (The Times)

'A delightful aural dessert cart … will offer much pleasure, even on repeated hearings, and the legendary Hyperion sound is another plus' (Fanfare, USA)

Concerto for string orchestra No 5 in A major
1730s or 1740s

Presto  [2'26]
Largo  [2'16]
Allegro  [1'18]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Concerto No 5 in A major is of a completely different character to the G minor piece. Its three-movement pattern follows the up-to-date Venetian concerto in whose organization and development Vivaldi played a crucial role. The idiom of the two sparkling outer movements reflects that of the early symphony. Unlike the G minor concerto this one is, broadly speaking, a ripieno work for strings without one or more soloists. Vivaldi, too, demonstrated his talent for such pieces, probably at about the same time that Durante wrote his. Providing effective contrast with the two A major movements is a Largo in B minor, whose reflective character serves further to highlight their energy and tonal brilliance.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2001

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