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Antonio Vivaldi: Seven Cello Concertos

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Label: New Focus Recordings
Released: 2017.01.20
Category: Classical
Producer(s): Anne Black
Media type: CD
Web address: www.classical.net
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Purchase date: 2017
Price in €: 1,00

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Concerto for Cello in D Major, RV 403
   [1] I. Allegro - 2:38
   [2] II. Andante e spiritoso - 2:17
   [3] III. Allegro - 2:27

Concerto for Cello in A Minor, RV 418
   [4] I. Allegro - 3:32
   [5] II. Largo - 3:13
   [6] III. Allegro - 2:58

Concerto for Cello in C Minor, RV 401
   [7] I. Allegro non molto - 4:36
   [8] II. Adagio - 2:47
   [9] III. Allegro ma non molto - 2:56

Concerto for Cello in F Major, RV 410
   [10] I. Allegro - 3:16
   [11] II. Largo - 4:15
   [12] III. Allegro - 3:15

Concerto for Cello in D Minor, RV 405
   [13] I. Allegro - 2:46
   [14] II. Adagio - 3:12
   [15] III. Allegro - 2:22

Concerto for Cello in B Minor, RV 424
   [16] I. Allegro - 4:38
   [17] II. Largo - 2:20
   [18] III. Allegro - 3:17

Concerto for Cello in G Major, RV 413
   [19] I. Allegro - 2:50
   [20] II. Largo - 3:25
   [21] III. Allegro - 2:30

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Guy Fishman - Cello, Executive Producer

Members of the Handel and Haydn Society:
Aisslinn Nosky - Violin
Susanna Ogata - Violin
David Miller - Viola
Sarah Freiberg - Cello
Robert Nairn - Bass
Paula Chateauneuf - Theorbo
Ian Watson - Harpsichord

Anne Black - Editing, Photography, Producer
James Donahue - Engineer
Jesse Lewis - Mastering, Mixing
Kathryn Waterman - Design, Layout
Jan Folsom - Photography

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2017 CD New Focus Recordings NEWF-907

Recording at Futura Productions, Roslindale, MA February 2014

Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, presents a brilliant and energized period-instrument performance of seven miraculous and seminal concertos by the Red Priest, Antonio Vivaldi. Fishman made his Symphony Hall solo debut in 2005, and is in demand as an early music specialist in the United States and Europe, performing in recital and with Arcadia Players, Querelle des Bouffons, Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Museum Trio, Les Violons du Roy, and El Mundo, among others. He has toured with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Natalie Merchant, and has appeared in recital with Dawn Upshaw, Eliot Fisk, Gil Kalish, and Kim Kashakashian. His playing has been praised as “plangent” by the Boston Globe, and “electrifying” by the New York Times. He plays a rare cello made in Rome in 1704 by David Tecchler. Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances and recordings of Baroque and Classical music. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, H+H’s Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year at Symphony Hall and other leading venues in Boston.

Liner Notes

Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, presents a brilliant and energized period-instrument performance of seven miraculous and seminal concertos by the Red Priest, Antonio Vivaldi. Fishman is accompanied by members of the H&H Orchestra.

Character is the word that comes to mind when I think of Antonio Vivaldi, that great son of Venice. The city is, of course, nestled in Italy, but Venetians aren’t really Italians. They’re Venetians. They speak their own language, eat foods unique to their former city-state, celebrate their own festivals. Their city’s great character is a reflection of their own. Vivaldi was one of them, and though he sought fame and fortune in travels far from Italy, he returned home to Venice, again and again. The city, which had at various points been a formidable economic, military, and political powerhouse, had by Vivaldi’s birth declined in those respects. But it had retained its cultural majesty and was a major tourist destination, much as it is today. Visitors bathed in its unique light and marveled at its graceful architecture, at the splendor of its theaters, and at the majestic music they heard. They must also have enjoyed the Venetians themselves, who I imagine to have equaled their city in richness of character.

© 2012-2017 New Focus Recordings

With seven members of the Handel and Haydn Society, Guy Fishman invigorates and illuminates a brilliant selection of Vivaldi’s cello concertos, once more affirming the genius of the composer, the cello and historically-informed performances on period instruments.

Playing on a 1704 Roman instrument by David Techler, Fishman shows the mentoring effects of distinguished teachers from Laurence Lesser to Anner Bylsma: he possesses a gorgeous sound and always follows the long line—yet he knows his way around embellishments and filling out the continuo. Check out the magic in the slow movement of RV 418 and I guarantee you will be convinced.

Laurence Vittes - 2.10.2017
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