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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: 12 minutes 2 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 F major, RV97
after 1720; for viola d’amore, two horns, two oboes and bassoon

[Largo]  [4'04]
Allegro  [3'22]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
RV97 is a real oddity: a ‘chamber’ concerto without orchestral strings that in other respects adopts all the mannerisms of a ‘concerto con molti istromenti’ in F major, right down to the allusions to hunting calls (and, by extension, to the world of princely courts) associated with horns playing in this key. Vivaldi could well have written the viola d’amore part for himself to play (a recently discovered document records that on 25 April 1717, passing through the town of Cento, he played this instrument at Vespers in the Church of the Holy Name of God, which was ‘so packed with people that they struggled among themselves and spilled out half way into the street’). Another peculiarity is the presence of an introductory slow movement, a feature otherwise almost unknown among Vivaldi’s concertos without orchestra. It is certainly a mature (post-1720) work; I suspect that it was written for an intimate private concert held in honour of some nobleman.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1998

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