RV418 in A minor does not appear to have been destined for the Pietà. One infers this from the fact that bibliographical features such as paper type link it to three other cello concertos: RV410, 414 and 419. Works written for the figlie di coro
of the Pietà were normally composed singly. When we encounter groups of similar works in autograph manuscript with bibliographical connections, the suspicion always arises that they originally formed a commissioned group. Connoisseurs of Vivaldi’s cello sonatas will recognize the similarity of the opening theme of the first movement of RV418 to that of the sonata RV43, which dates from the mid-1720s. The slow movement in this concerto belongs to one of Vivaldi’s favourite types: the ‘framed’ solo. The ritornellos at either end of this movement are richly scored and attractive in their own right, but attention focuses on the extended solo separating them. Note, finally, in the outer movements of this concerto the sophisticated use of the orchestra in accompaniment to the solo.
from notes by Michael Talbot © 2006