Variations Playlist for 15th Jan 2012 – Concerto Italiano Pt 1

Written by on January 14, 2012

 

Concerto Italiano Part 1 – My theme for the next 2 weeks is music played by an ensemble called the Concerto Italiano.  Now the Concerto Italiano is is an Italian early music vocal and orchestral ensemble that has become well known for playing the music of baroque composers and especially for their involvement in the Vivaldi Edition recording project .  This is a recording venture conceived by the Italian musicologist Alberto Basso to record the massive collection of Vivaldi autograph manuscripts preserved today in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Turin.  This comprised round 450 works from the private library of scores Vivaldi had at home at the time of his death in Vienna in 1741 and includes numerous operas, hundreds of concertos, sacred compositions and cantatas. Much of this music has not been heard since the 18th century.

The Concerto Italiano are a historically informed performance ensemble which means they play on period instruments and following known performance practices of the time of thee composed words.  This means things like playing using gut strings and using minimal vibrato.  They were formed by the harpsichordist and conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini in 1984. Since then, they have recorded a huge amount of early and baroque music featuring well core composers such as Vivaldi, Handel and Bach as well as numerous other less well known composers.

Composer

TITLE

Vivaldi

Concerto in F minor, RV297 "L’inverno" – I. Allegro non molto

Vivaldi

Ascende Laeta, RV 635

Vivaldi

Dixit Dominus, RV 594 – Dixit Dominus

Vivaldi

Dixit Dominus, RV 594 – Donec Ponam Inimicos Tuos

Vivaldi

Concerto n°2 per tromba e oboe RV 563 – 1. Allegro

Vivaldi

Concerto n°2 per tromba e oboe RV 563 – 2. Grave

Handel

Poro, Re Delle Indie, HWV 28 – Sinfonia

Handel

Tamerlano, HWV 18 – Vivo In Te

Handel

Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Dissinganno  -Aria Disinganno – Crede l’uom

J.S. Bach

Italian Concerto in F major, BWV971

J.S. Bach

Brandenburg Concerto #5 In D, BWV 1050 – 1. Allegro


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