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Vivaldi: Rousseau le Printemps De Vivaldi (Transcr of 'Spring'

Magazine article Gramophone

Vivaldi: Rousseau le Printemps De Vivaldi (Transcr of 'Spring'

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Vivaldi

Rousseau Le printemps de Vivaldi (transcr of 'Spring', RV269) Vivaldi Concertos--'La tempesta di mare', RV433; 'La notte', RV439; RV441; RV443; RV532--Andante. Nisi Dominus, RV608--Cum dederit. Il Giustino--Vedro con mio diletto Lucie Horsch recs Amsterdam Vivaldi Players Decca (F) 483 0896DH (53' * DDD)

It was big news earlier this year when Decca Classics signed Dutch teenager Lucie Horsch as its first-ever recorder player. So here now is her debut album, and perhaps rather predictably there's an element of Ladybird Guide to the overall package, Decca clearly pitching to those who are as new to the recorder as they are themselves. Visuals-wise, this means images of 16-year-old Horsch looking appropriately fresh and wholesome--on a bicycle, perched next to an Amsterdam canal and so on--with booklet-notes outlining her 'Vivaldi's Girl' credentials. Then, the programme itself features all four main solo recorder sizes (sopranino, descant, treble, tenor), opening with the most famous Vivaldi recorder concerto of all, RV443.

Horsch herself is very good, displaying a phenomenal technique right from RV443's virtuoso opening movement; articulation is never short of immaculate and her control across the dynamic range is equally secure. …

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