What's Next Vivaldi?

Patricia Kopatchinskaja / Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico

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What's Next Vivaldi? Review

by James Manheim

What Next Vivaldi?, in the words of hotshot violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, "invites Vivaldi into a time laboratory, engages him in a dialogue with today's creative voices from Italy, telling him, as if to a time traveller, what today's horizons are..." One always wonders whether Vivaldi would have been interested in such a thing, involving music that he would have thought mad; this said, the project is executed here with more precision than is usual with such things. The contemporary pieces, although this isn't stated as such, all might be called neo-Baroque in one way or another, and they do manage a dialogue of a sort with Vivaldi. Listen to Luca Francesconi's Spiccato il volo, a solo violin piece, for an idea: this is a technically brilliant work, and Kopatchinskaja pairs it to good effect with some of the more extreme Vivaldi concertos, all delivered in rock-'em, sock-'em style by the violinist, with Giovanni Antonini and the historical-instrument group Il Giardino Armonico. This group has always favored the high-drama approach to Vivaldi, regarding instrumental music as an operatic offshoot best performed with maximum dramatic impact. Kopatchinskaja and Antonini even go beyond other practitioners of this style, and there's no denying the energy of the music here, even with some odd decisions like altered tuning in one of the most extreme concertos of all, the Concerto in D major, RV 208 ("Il grosso Mogul"), in which Bach was interested enough to transcribe the work for organ. Perhaps this is not Vivaldi to everyone's taste, but in all likelihood, it contains something of the urgency that Vivaldi's music had for audiences in its time, and this justifies the idea of dialogue with contemporary creativity.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto in mi bemolle maggiore RV 253 'La Tempesta di Mare' per violino, archi e b.c.
1 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 02:36 Amazon
2 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 02:45 Amazon
3 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 03:17 Amazon
4 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 00:41 Amazon
5 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 04:23 Amazon
Concerto in sol minore RV 157 per archi e b.c.
6 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 01:54 Amazon
7 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 01:25 Amazon
8 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 01:49 Amazon
9 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 03:42 Amazon
Concerto in do maggiore RV 191 per violino, archi e b.c.
10 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 05:18 Amazon
11 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 03:57 Amazon
12 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 04:36 Amazon
13 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 04:07 Amazon
Concerto in mi minore RV 550 per quattro violini, archi e b.c. (da L'Estro Armonico', Op. 3 N. 4)
14 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 02:00 Amazon
15 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 02:11 Amazon
16 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 00:33 Amazon
17 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 01:58 Amazon
18 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 02:09 Amazon
19 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 04:42 Amazon
Concerto in re maggiore RV 208 'Il Grosso Mogul' per violino, archi e b.c.
20 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 05:01 Amazon
21 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 02:39 Amazon
22 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 08:03 Amazon
23 Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico / Patricia Kopatchinskaja 00:56 Amazon
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