VIVALDI Concerti con molti istromenti. The King`s Consort / Robert King. Helios

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VIVALDI Concerti con molti istromenti

Concerto in F major RV574 [11'38] for violin, two oboes, bassoon, two horns and strings

Concerto funebre in B flat major RV579 [6'42] for oboe, chalumeau, violin, three viole all’inglese and strings

Concerto in D major RV562 [15'41] for violin, two oboes, two horns and strings

Concerto in F major RV97 [12'02] for viola d’amore, two horns, two oboes and bassoon

Concerto in D major RV781 [6'31] for two trumpets and strings

Concerto in C major RV555 [8'13] for two recorders, oboe, chalumeau, violin, two viole all’inglese, two violins ‘in tromba marina’, two harpsichords and strings

Concerto in D minor RV566 [7'44] for two recorders, two oboes, bassoon, two violins and strings

The King's Consort / Robert King

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Vivaldi’s multiple-instrument concertos!

The term ‘con molti istromenti’ (Vivaldi’s own) refers not so much to the literal number of instruments involved as to their variety and unusual deployment. For an Italian concerto of the period to use wind instruments at all would be unusual; Vivaldi combines recorders, oboes, chalumeaux, horns and bassoons alongside a wide-ranging complement of strings, itself including viole all’inglese and the even more obscure violins ‘in tromba marina’.

The composer’s opportunity to write such works arose largely from the talented pool of girls available at the Pietà orphanage in Venice. These expert musicians would turn their hands to whatever Vivaldi could possibly desire and the resultant scoring is colourful (sometimes outrageously so) and inexhaustibly inventive.

‘Why mince words? This collection is one of the best Vivaldi records I have heard since I began reviewing records 40 years ago. Every movement is sheer delight’ (American Record Guide)

‘An entertaining, well-played set, sure to charm all Vivaldians’ (BBC Music Magazine)

‘Real gems for Vivaldi lovers’ (Early Music Review)

‘A winning programme’ (Early Music Today)

‘A fascinating collection of unusually-scored concerti’ (Classic CD)

‘Urgently recommended’ (Fanfare, USA)

Helios CDH55439

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