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Vivaldi: Vivaldi Concertos-RV93

Magazine article Gramophone

Vivaldi: Vivaldi Concertos-RV93

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Vivaldi

Vivaldi Concertos (a)--RV93; 'Summer', Op 8 No 2, RV315; Op 3 No 6, RV356; RV425; RV443--Largo. Trio Sonata, RV82 (b) Anonymous La biondina in gondoleta (c)

Avi Avital mand (c) Juan Diego Florez ten (b) Patrick Sepec vc (b) Ophira Zakai lute (b) Mahan Esfahani hpd (a) Venice Baroque Orchestra

DG [F] 479 4017GH (51' * DDD)

If Avi Avital's intention is to do for the mandolin what Andres Segovia did for the classical guitar, he's already well on the way. Appropriate then that this, his third and possibly best release to date, should feature three Vivaldi concertos popular with guitarists. This homage to Venice's favourite musical son in many ways picks up where Avital's terrific debut recording of JS Bach concertos left off. This time, the mandolin's on home turf, not only returning to its Italian roots but in one case rejoicing in a concerto actually written for it.

Avital and the superb Venice Baroque Orchestra make the C major Mandolin Concerto, RV425, their own, the pizzicato strings and organ continuo the rich clay into which Avital carves his crisp, fluid lines. …

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