Predrag Gosta / New Trinity Baroque

Antonio Vivaldi: Concertos

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Formed in 1998 in London but transplanted to Atlanta, Georgia, the New Trinity Baroque is a period ensemble that has quickly established itself as one of the foremost early music groups in the United States. Led by harpsichordist and founder Predrag Gosta, and consisting of internationally recognized musicians, the chamber group of strings and continuo present seven concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, featuring different combinations of soloists. On the whole, the album is a clear presentation of Baroque string style, characterized by non-vibrato playing and smooth bowing, with a bright ensemble coloration. Naturally, the high range of the violins emphasizes this brightness, so the concertos for one or two violins are luminous, though the concertos for two cellos have considerable richness and warmth, in contrast. The extreme softness of the archlute requires that the ensemble reduce its numbers and dynamics substantially, so the performance of the Concerto in D major for lute, two violins & continuo is perhaps the least satisfying for the thinness of the sound. However, the playing on the rest of the CD is quite robust and enjoyable.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Concerto in A minor, for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV 522
1 3:38
2 3:30
3 3:15
Concerto in D minor, for cello, strings & contunio, RV 407
4 3:55
5 3:55
6 3:47
Concerto in F major, for strings & continuo, RV 141
7 1:48
8 1:22
9 1:26
Concerto in D major, for lute, 2 violins & continuo, RV 93
10 3:46
11 4:15
12 2:25
Concerto in G minor, for strings & continuo, RV 157
13 2:16
14 1:34
15 2:34
Concerto in E minor, for violin, strings & continuo, RV 273
16 5:04
17 3:48
18 4:48
Concerto in G minor, for 2 cellos, strings & continuo, RV 531
19 3:47
20 4:41
21 3:32
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