Elisa Citterio / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Vivaldi Con Amore

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After a short hiatus following the retirement of longtime director Jeanne Lamon, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, also known simply as Tafelmusik, returned in 2019 with this collection of Vivaldi concertos, loosely centered on the theme of love (a couple of concertos have love-related subtitles, and others, like the Lute Concerto in D major, RV 93, have traditionally suggested this subject). This is Tafelmusik's first release under its new director, violinist Elisa Citterio, and Vivaldi might seem a conservative choice for such an event. Not in the least. Citterio has already wrought major changes in Tafelmusik's sound, and this album shows them off effectively. She's definitely a member of the contemporary Italian school, and even if she doesn't (and doesn't try to) deliver textures as punchy as those of Rinaldo Alessandrini and his cohort, she gives the concerto form a distinctly dramatic, operatic cast. Citterio is herself a soloist in several violin concertos, and one of the most promising developments here is the way she elicits beautiful, very vocal playing from other members of the ensemble in the non-violin concertos. Sample the lovely work of bassoonist Dominic Teresi in the Larghetto of the Bassoon Concerto in D minor, RV 481. Even though this isn't one of the concertos with an amore denotation, it's as romantic as one could wish. Highly recommended, with the murky, watery church sound as the only disincentive, and promising much for the future of this venerable Canadian group.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sinfonia to Ottone in villa, RV 729
1 02:54 Amazon
2 01:39 Amazon
Concerto for violin in C Minor, RV 761 "Amato bene"
3 03:31 Amazon
4 02:39 Amazon
5 03:16 Amazon
Concerto for bassoon in D Minor, RV 481
6 04:02 Amazon
7 04:40 Amazon
8 02:43 Amazon
Concerto for 2 oboes in C Major, RV 534
9 02:44 Amazon
10 02:37 Amazon
11 02:35 Amazon
Concerto for violin in E Major, RV 271 "L'amoroso"
12
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03:45 Amazon
13 02:47 Amazon
14 03:07 Amazon
Concerto for lute in D Major, RV 93
15
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03:55 Amazon
16 05:28 Amazon
17 02:17 Amazon
Concerto for 4 violins in B-flat Major, RV 553
18 03:45 Amazon
19 02:56 Amazon
20 04:03 Amazon
Concerto for 2 oboes & 2 violins in D Major, RV 564a
21 04:31 Amazon
22 02:15 Amazon
23 03:05 Amazon
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