Friday, February 27, 2015

Vivaldi, Vivaldi (Part 2)

No. 187 of the ongoing ITYWLTMT series of audio montages can be found in our archives at


Part two of our look at the double concertos of Antonio Vivaldi places a premium on concertos for violin and one wind instrument as soloists. There are tons of baroque concerti that are for 2 violins, or violin & oboe – Bach’s concerto BWV 1060 (originally for two keyboards) is best known in its transcription for violin and oboe, for example. I retained a fine concertos for that very same combination of instruments to begin this week’s podcast.

As was pointed out somewhere, concertos for "two treble instruments" can have one of the parts adapted for the flute, and works by Telemann and Vivaldi often get that treatment. 

The bulk of today’s podcast considers six such concertos, played by Jean-Pierre Rampal and Isaac Stern as solists. This is not their first recordings of some of these, as I own an earlier analog recording they made of two of these with the Jerusalem Music Centre orchestra.

Finally, a concerto for cello and bassoon matches two “deep” instruments as soloists. This concerto comes from the excellent compilation of Vivaldi cello concertos by Ofra Harnoy, who contributed a pair of double concertos to last week’s montage.

I think you will love this music too.

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