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Cello Concerto in A minor, RV420
RV420 begins strikingly with a solo accompanied only by continuo that precedes the first ritornello (this term denotes an orchestral refrain). Such openings, though relatively uncommon, remained an option for Vivaldi throughout his career; the best-known comparable instance is the cadenza-like opening of the D minor concerto Op 3 No 11 (RV565). Its slow movement, dominated by an orchestral theme in fiercely jagged rhythm, is in a miniature version of the ritornello form normally employed for the fast outer movements. A noteworthy feature of the tempestuous finale is that it has five, rather than the more usual four, ritornellos.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 2006

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Details for CDA67553 track 5
Recording date
17 April 2005
Recording venue
Cadogan Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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  1. Vivaldi: Cello Concertos (CDA67553)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: July 2006
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