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Hyperion Records

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In the gardens of the Villa Pamfili, Rome by John Robert Cozens (c1752-1797)
Track(s) taken from CDH55349
Recording details: January 1990
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1991
Total duration: 10 minutes 41 seconds

'Delightful' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'Delightful … played with vivacity and finesse' (Gramophone)

'What a breath of fresh air! Played as they should be and never have been 'til now. This recording is a complete delight, a small pattering of allegros and adagios that purr as happily as a spring rain' (The Magic Flute, USA)

Concerto for two oboes, two clarinets and strings in C major, RV559

Largo  [3'47]
Allegro  [3'33]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Both the concertos in C, RV559 and RV560, begin with a slow introduction before breaking into an energetic Allegro. Vivaldi treats the solo instruments as opposite pairs, echoing and imitating each other, and also as a concertino group, contrasting and combining with the string section. Alongside their lyrical qualities Vivaldi also utilizes the trumpet-like quality which both instruments are able to produce to suitably celebratory effect. The pastoral slow movement of RV559 is scored just for the four wind instruments, omitting even the continuo line: the slow movement of RV560 omits the clarinets and gives the strings a simple unison line over which the two oboes weave an elegant melody. Both concertos conclude with triumphant fast movements, with particularly fine harmonic progressions in the middle section of RV559.

from notes by Robert King © 1990

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