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'Music at the Habsburg Court'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Music at the Habsburg Court'

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'Music at the Habsburg Court'

Ragazzi Sonatas, Op 1--No 6; No 8 Timmer Concerto for Violin, Strings and Continuo Umstatt Concertos for Violin, Strings and Continuo--No 5; No 6 Vivaldi Violin Concerto, Op 9 No 5 RV358 Cappella Gabetta / Andres Gabetta vn Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (F) 8887519466-2 (62' * DDD)

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During the 17th and 18th centuries, Vienna's Habsburg Court was one of the foremost political and cultural centres in Europe. The reign of Emperor Charles VI (1711-40) in particular saw composers from all over Europe dedicating musical works to him in the hope of being admitted to the prestigious Hofkapelle, where they could enjoy a combination of prestige, high levels of musicianship and all-important financial security. Vivaldi himself appears to have made repeated attempts to be taken in, all of which failed.

Andres Gabetta and Cappella Gabetta have presented a selection of these musical CVs, all violin concertos, and although someone should have taken a red pen to the PR-ish breathiness of some of the disc's presentational text (the early music specialists of Cappella Gabetta have apparently been 'handpicked', for instance, but as opposed to what exactly? …

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