Vivaldi: 12 Concertos Op. 3 L'estro armonico; Bach: Keyboard Arrangements

Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano

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Vivaldi: 12 Concertos Op. 3 L'estro armonico; Bach: Keyboard Arrangements Review

by James Manheim

Conductor and keyboardist Rinaldo Alessandrini did as much as anyone else to popularize the vigorous, operatically influenced way of performing Italian Baroque instrumental music, and this 2022 release shows that even after dozens of albums, he is still contributing fresh takes to the catalog, even in music as familiar as the 12 concertos of Vivaldi's L'estro armonico ("The Harmonic Inspiration"), Op. 3. In the early years of the Baroque revival, these concertos were almost as popular as the Four Seasons violin concertos, but this is apparently the first time anyone has thought to combine them with Bach's keyboard transcriptions of several of them for piano or organ. The combination is revelatory, showing how Bach heard in Vivaldi an intrepid explorer of musical space in the big concertos for multiple instruments (as many as four violins), strings, and continuo. Alessandrini actually tones down his high-powered orchestral approach a bit in these performances, perhaps to make room for the brilliant period-instrument soloists in his Concerto Italiano, and this is all to the good. In the most familiar of all these pieces, the Concerto No. 8 in A minor for two violins, RV 522, his tempos are brisk indeed. The Bach harpsichord pieces Alessandrini plays himself, and brilliantly; the two concertos for solo organ are taken by Lorenzo Ghielmi. This is a fine original look at this very familiar music.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto No. 1 in D Major for 4 Violins RV 549
1 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:00 Amazon
2 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:24 Amazon
3 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:24 Amazon
Concerto No. 2 in G Minor for 2 Violins RV 578
4 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 01:32 Amazon
5 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:16 Amazon
6 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:36 Amazon
7 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:23 Amazon
Concerto No. 3 in G Major for Violin RV 310
8 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:12 Amazon
9 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 01:56 Amazon
10 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:19 Amazon
Concerto in F Major for Harpsichord BWV 978 (After RV 310)
11 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:35 Amazon
12 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:06 Amazon
13 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:42 Amazon
Concerto No. 10 in B Minor for 4 Violins RV 580
14 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:37 Amazon
15 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:06 Amazon
16 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:12 Amazon
Concerto in A Minor for 4 Harpsichords and Strings BWV 1065 (after RV 580)
17 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:56 Amazon
18 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:06 Amazon
19 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:35 Amazon
Concerto No. 11 in D Minor for 2 Violins and Cello RV 565
20 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 00:45 Amazon
21 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:01 Amazon
22 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:14 Amazon
23 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:26 Amazon
Concerto in D Minor for Organ BWV 596 (After RV 565)
24 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 04:49 Amazon
25 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:46 Amazon
26 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:57 Amazon
Concerto No. 12 in E Major for Violin RV 265
27 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:36 Amazon
28 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:55 Amazon
29 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:42 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto in C Major for Harpsichord BWV 976 (After RV 265)
1 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 04:00 Amazon
2 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:34 Amazon
3 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:17 Amazon
Concerto No. 4 in E Minor for 4 Violins RV 550
4 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:04 Amazon
5 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:13 Amazon
6 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 00:42 Amazon
7 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:03 Amazon
Concerto No. 5 in A Major for 2 Violins RV 519
8 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:53 Amazon
9 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 01:52 Amazon
10 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:35 Amazon
Concerto No. 6 in A minor for Violin RV 356
11 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:55 Amazon
12 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:39 Amazon
13 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:23 Amazon
Concerto No. 7 in F Major for 4 Violins RV 567
14 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:17 Amazon
15 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 01:33 Amazon
16 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:26 Amazon
17 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 01:00 Amazon
18 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 01:27 Amazon
Concerto No. 8 in A Minor for 2 Violins RV 522
19 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:14 Amazon
20 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:31 Amazon
21 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:04 Amazon
Concerto in A Minor for Organ BWV 593 (after RV 522)
22 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:39 Amazon
23 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:40 Amazon
24 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:41 Amazon
Concerto No. 9 in D Major for Violin RV 230
25 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:06 Amazon
26 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:22 Amazon
27 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:10 Amazon
Concerto in D Major for Harpsichord BWV 972 (after RV 230)
28 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:14 Amazon
29 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 03:26 Amazon
30 Rinaldo Alessandrini / Concerto Italiano 02:28 Amazon
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