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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: 15 minutes 41 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 in D major, RV562
possibly 10 August 1716; for violin, two oboes, two horns and strings

Grave  [4'04]
Allegro  [6'23]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
RV562—composed, according to its title, for the feast of St Lawrence—was copied out by Pisendel during his Venetian sojourn of 1716/7. It may therefore relate to the celebration of this martyr’s feast on 9/10 August 1716. Since, according to its liturgical calendar, the Pietà did not celebrate this feast with music (other than chant), it is very possible that Vivaldi composed the concerto for the Venetian convent dedicated to the saint, and that either he or Pisendel took the prominent solo violin part. The written-out cadenza for the third movement recycles material used earlier in that of the Concerto RV208. Such self-borrowing was facilitated by the fact that cadenzas acquired the habit of referring directly to the main material of the movement only much later in the century; being athematic, they possessed a ‘passe-partout’ quality.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1998

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