The combination of grace and strength which informs so much of the music of the late Baroque is reflected in Vivaldi’s C major Concerto. The striding themes are propelled and supported by a buoyant accompaniment that has a significant part to play in the overall effect of the work. The central Larghetto illustrates the great Venetian’s sensitivity as a lyric poet, as does the concluding Minuet of his powers of invention. Throughout the work the wonderfully decorated and developed solo line is entrancing. Not the least that could be said of Vivaldi is that no one ever made scales sound more graceful.
from notes by Peter Lamb © 1999