TACET L 205
Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / gatefold sleeve
Original label: Tacet
Release Date: 2015-05-22
Status: in stock
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Violins, RV 522; Concerto for Two Cellos, RV 531; Concerto for Three Violins, RV 551; Concerto for Violin and Cello, RV 547 - var. soloists and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ariadne Daskalakis
In the 18th century, long before any quota agreement or gender studies had taken place, a major part of Venice’s musical life lay in the hands of four local orphanages for girls. In 1703, Vivaldi took on the position as conductor, violinist and composer at one of these homes, the Ospedale della Pietà. There he wrote works that are among the very best in music literature due to their inventiveness and artistic demands upon the musicians. As such, one can well imagine just how extraordinarily talented the young girls were. A notion of the fine compositions that floated through the city of canals 300 years ago is given by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in a selection taken from a collection of 12 violin concertos known as L’estro armonico, op. 3. The animated dialogue among the strings takes place on several levels: for example, the leading parts not only concertise with and against one another but also after one another, so that the characteristic art of performance of each individual soloist is clearly to be discerned.
And because no one knows how Vivaldi’s girl orchestra would have sounded, anyone listening to this recording can let his imagination run riot as to how it could have been. It goes without saying that the Tacet team have pulled out all the stops with regard to technical matters in order to achieve the best possible analogue sound.
Recording: 2012 at Evangelical Church Reutlingen-Gönningen, Germany, by Andreas Spreer
Production: Andreas Spreer