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Regatta held in Honour of Frederick VI of Denmark (1671-1730) (1709) by Luca Carlevaris (1663-1730/1)
Nationalhistoriske Museum, Frederiksberg, Denmark / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55439
Recording details: May 1998
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: November 1998
Total duration: 6 minutes 42 seconds

'An entertaining, well-played set, sure to charm all Vivaldians' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Real gems for Vivaldi lovers' (Early Music Review)

'Why mince words? This collection is one of the best Vivaldi records I have heard since I began reviewing records 40 years ago. Every movement is sheer delight' (American Record Guide)

'A fascinating collection of unusually-scored concerti' (Classic CD)

'Urgently recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'A winning programme' (Early Music Today)

Concerto funebre in B flat major, RV579
composer
mid-1720s; for oboe, chalumeau, violin, three viole all’inglese and strings

Allegro  [2'14]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The evocative Concerto funebre, RV579, was probably written in the mid-1720s for performance at the funeral of a patron or governor of the Pietà. The highly original, indeed unique, combination of a muted oboe, a tenor chalumeau and a trio (two soprano instruments and one bass) of viole all’inglese, accompanied by muted strings, lends this work a suitably lugubrious tone, which is only lightened a little when the mutes come off for the fourth movement. The slow opening movement is an adaptation of a sinfonia for a solemn procession to an execution in Vivaldi’s opera Tito Manlio (1719), while the fourth movement borrows the material of the finale of the Concerto without soloist RV123.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1998

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