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Track(s) taken from CDH55231
Recording details: September 1985
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: January 1987
Total duration: 9 minutes 29 seconds

'Recommended with enthusiasm' (Gramophone)

'Vivaldi is just as convincing in his chamber music as in his concertos. With performances that are consistently vital and fresh, this beautifully chosen programme is an absolute delight from start to finish' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This re-release includes three trio sonatas (including a thrilling account of La Folia … the music-making is of the very highest order' (Early Music Review)

'I can hardly speak too highly of these performers. Best of the Month' (Hi-Fi News)

'Praised by all reviewers on its first appearance, this re-release on Hyperion's Helios label should be snapped up. Catherine Mackintosh gives two of Vivaldi's sonatas in as fine style as any baroque violinist can bring to them, and is joined by her equally famous and frequent colleague Elizabeth Wallfisch duetting in the so called 'trio sonatas', including a sparkling La Folia, in which Robert Wooley's keyboard accompaniment is varied with chamber organ' (

Trio Sonata in D minor 'Variations on La Folia', RV63
circa 1703 or 1705; Op 1 No 12

The Venetian Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741) was one of several composers who emulated Corelli. A comparison of his single-movement ‘Folia’ sonata (published as Op 1 No 12 in 1705) with the older master’s reveals many similarities, especially in the choice of virtuosic figurations. Naturally, Vivaldi takes advantage of the extra violin to engage in exciting imitative play.

from notes by Tim Crawford ę 1987

Other albums featuring this work
'La Folia' (CDA67035)
La Folia
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