The Young Vivaldi – RV820 and Other Rare Early Works

Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli
deutsche harmonia mundi 8-88751-27852-3
RV52, 60, 552a*, 779, 813, 820*, Anh. 107a*

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he programme of this recording consists of a recorder sonata, a trio for two violins and continuo, another for violin, cello and continuo, a quartet for violin, oboe and organ with the “se piace” chalumeau, another for strings, a violin concerto and another for two violins. RV820 is the trio with obbligato cello, only recently added to the Vivaldi catalogue after Sardelli, the director of Modo Antiquo, identified it among downloaded material his wife was working on; he had already been occupied with dating the composer’s works and presenting the world premiere recording of that piece (as well as those of the Leuwen version of RV Anh. 107, and the “reconstructed” RV522a) provided an opportunity to put together an entire recital of early works. Playing one-per-part, Modo Antiquo have one plucker (theorbo and guitar) and keyboardist (harpsichord and organ); in the violin concerto, I would have preferred the double bass to drop out in the solo episodes. While most of the music-making is enjoyable, the booklet lets the enterprise down – Michael Talbot’s booklet note could have done with some proofreading, but the other “English” contributions are terrible; “The Young Vivaldi: a rivelation”??? So ignore the book and enjoy the music.

Brian Clark

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