Modo Antiquo / Federico Maria Sardelli

The Young Vivaldi: RV 820 and Other Rare Early Works

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For Vivaldi and other Baroque composers, it has often been difficult to assign works accurately to chronological periods, but this has become easier in Vivaldi's case as works are discovered and manuscripts analyzed. The Italian historical-performance group Modo Antiquo under Federico Maria Sardelli therefore deserves kudos for this collection of works by the young Vivaldi, especially inasmuch as one of the works here, the Sonata in G major for violin, cello, and continuo, RV 820, has been authenticated and dated by the conductor. That work was copied out shortly after 1700 and thus seems to have been a product of Vivaldi's early twenties and to have been his earliest surviving chamber work. The notes by Michael Talbot correctly suggest that the seven-section work ("movement" is not quite the right word) looks back to models from Corelli and composers before that, but it is spilling beyond those boundaries. In general these works share an experimental quality that certainly came to fruition in The Four Seasons, and it's fascinating to hear the well-known Concerto in A minor for two violins and orchestra, RV 522a, in this context. However, it is disappointing to hear that concerto and the opening Concerto in D minor, RV 813 played in wan one-instrument-per-part readings; most of these works date from Vivaldi's period of employment at the Ospedale della Pietà dormitory for out-of-wedlock children, whose orchestra is reported to have had dozens of members. This doesn't matter, however, in the chamber pieces, which are crisply and attractively done with an organ continuo that breaks out into Brandenburg No. 5-like solos. The blistering Recorder Sonata in F major, RV 52, is worth the price of admission in itself. A "late Vivaldi" album, from these forces or others, would also be something worth hearing. This beginning with the chronological concept is recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto in D minor RV 813 for violin, strings and b. c.
1 01:10 Amazon
2 00:45 Amazon
3 02:46 Amazon
4 01:35 Amazon
5 00:41 Amazon
6 02:49 Amazon
Sonata in C major RV 779 for violin, oboe, organ and chalumeau
7 03:53 Amazon
8 04:06 Amazon
9 02:14 Amazon
10 04:08 Amazon
Concerto in A minor RV 522a for 2 violins, strings and b.c.
11 03:09 Amazon
12 03:20 Amazon
13 02:19 Amazon
Sonata in G major RV 820 for violin, cello and b.c.
14 02:21 Amazon
15 02:03 Amazon
16 00:49 Amazon
17 01:35 Amazon
18 00:55 Amazon
19 02:01 Amazon
20 02:53 Amazon
Sonata in F major RV 52 for recorder and b.c.
21 02:21 Amazon
22 02:30 Amazon
23 01:07 Amazon
Sonata in A minor RV Anh. 107a for 2 violins, viola and b.c.
24 01:34 Amazon
25 01:15 Amazon
26 01:55 Amazon
27 02:39 Amazon
28 01:56 Amazon
Sonata in C major RV 60 for 2 violins and b.c.
29 00:58 Amazon
30 00:53 Amazon
31 02:01 Amazon
32 02:27 Amazon
33 02:13 Amazon
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