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Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos-RV108

Magazine article Gramophone

Vivaldi: Recorder Concertos-RV108

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Vivaldi

Recorder Concertos--RV108; 'II gardellino', RV428; 'La tempesta di mare', Op 10 No 1 RV433; 'La notte', Op 10 No 2 RV439; RV440; RV441; Op 3 No 11 RV565- Largo

La Simphonie du Marais / Hugo Reyne rec Musiques a la Chabotterie (F) 605012 (60' * DDD)

Hugo Reyne presents this disc very much in terms of his life with Vivaldi's recorder concertos, from copying a tune from a TV advert when he was 10, not knowing that it was from La notte, to a first ear-opening hearing five years later of Frans Bruggen's recording of RV441, and encounters with particular instruments and teachers. He has also dedicated each concerto to someone important in his recorder-playing life, which surely gives his selection integrity and focus, as well as the freedom to treat each of these six concertos (plus an extra slow movement) as an individual. Freedom, and boldness too: there's a daring worthy of Red Priest in his decision to preface two of the three named descriptive works with onomatopoeic instrumental introductions (rather skilful ones as it happens) and spoken titles. …

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