Vivaldi

Vivaldi

by Avi Avital

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Overview

For his third album on Deutsche Grammophon, mandolinist Avi Avital presents a lively Vivaldi program that includes the popular "Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425," as well as fresh transcriptions of the "Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 356," the "Lute Concerto in D major, RV 93," the Largo from the "Piccolo Concerto in C major, RV 443," and the "Summer" Concerto in G minor from the "Four Seasons, RV 315." As famous as he is for his virtuoso technique, intellectual clarity, and expressive subtlety, Avital is also becoming quite well known for expanding the mandolin's repertoire by adapting works by J.S. Bach for his first album, and releasing a CD of miniatures soon after. In another show of generosity, Avital also shares space with other gifted musicians, notably tenor Juan Diego Flórez in the Venetian song, "La biondina in gondoleta," the trio of harpsichorist Mahan Esfahani, lutenist Ophira Zakai, and cellist Patrick Sepec in Vivaldi's "Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82," and the Venice Baroque Orchestra in the concertos. While the mandolin's narrow tonal and dynamic ranges might suggest rather limited musical options, the album succeeds because of Avital's energetic playing and charismatic interactions with his fellow musicians, who give everything to these sparkling performances.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2015
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947940173
catalogNumber: 002262702
Rank: 45480

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2), Op. 8/2, RV 315
  2. Trio Sonata for violin, lute & continuo in C major, RV 82
  3. Piccolo (Flautino) Concerto, for piccolo (or recorder/flute), strings & continuo in C major, RV 443: Largo
  4. Mandolin Concerto, for mandolin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 425
  5. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93
  6. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 6), Op. 3/6, RV 356
  7. La Biondina in Gondoleta

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Performance Credits

Avi Avital   Primary Artist

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