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Concerto funebre in B flat major, RV579
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The evocative Concerto funebre, RV579, was probably written in the mid-1720s for performance at the funeral of a patron or governor of the Pietà. The highly original, indeed unique, combination of a muted oboe, a tenor chalumeau and a trio (two soprano instruments and one bass) of viole all’inglese, accompanied by muted strings, lends this work a suitably lugubrious tone, which is only lightened a little when the mutes come off for the fourth movement. The slow opening movement is an adaptation of a sinfonia for a solemn procession to an execution in Vivaldi’s opera Tito Manlio (1719), while the fourth movement borrows the material of the finale of the Concerto without soloist RV123.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1998

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Details for CDA67073 track 4
Largo – Allegro poco poco – Adagio
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-07304
Duration
4'28
Recording date
11 May 1998
Recording venue
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Vivaldi: Concerti con molti istromenti (CDA67073)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: November 1998
    Deletion date: August 2010
    Superseded by CDH55439
  2. Vivaldi: Concerti con molti istromenti (CDH55439)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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