Antonio Vivaldi

Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in C minor ("Alla Rustica"), RV 401

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This cello concerto is not often heard in the concert hall or on recordings. It has received some attention over the years, but largely from artists playing an entire cycle of Vivaldi's cello works. Cast in three movements, it is a worthwhile composition whose melancholy moods and assured writing for the cello, especially in the darkly atmospheric opening panel, argue for greater exposure. The first movement, marked Allegro non molto (Andante poco mosso), opens with a stately but mournful theme played by the orchestra. The cello enters dramatically, giving muscle and a sense of animation to the melody but without breaking the dark mood. The exchanges between the soloist and orchestra feature much contrast, the orchestra calm and serene in its sadness, the cello typically more driven and dramatic. The ensuing Adagio, lasting only about two minutes, is also melancholy but with the cello now more songful. The finale, marked Allegro ma non molto, allows in just a few beams of sunshine, its overall manner still serious and dour. Yet the energetic and virtuosic writing for the cello and the elegance of the orchestral part impart a sense of vitality and color to this otherwise sad work.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro non molto (Andante poco mosso)
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro ma non molto

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Brilliant Classics BRI 95782
    2017 New Focus / Olde Focus Recordings FCR 907
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95082BR
    2013 Naïve OP 30556
    2013 Sony Classical 88765438572
    2011 Decca 4782747
    2011 Decca
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 509996886272
    2010 Sony Classical 8869756175
    2009 Sony Classical 752307
    2009 EMI Classics 34791
    2009 London
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099951035
    2008 Walter Rinaldi 5637521127
    2008 Virgin Classics 504381
    2008 EMI Classics
    2008 Naïve 30457
    2007 Ambrosie AM 143
    2007 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2007 Masterworks / RCA Red Seal 88697131692
    2007 Decca 4758536
    2007 Harmonia Mundi 5908235
    2006 Hyperion 67553
    2006 Virgin 82136
    2005 Rca Red Seal 67886
    2005 Erato
    2004 Sony Music Distribution 90916
    2004 Ambroisie 9944
    2004 Novalis Classics 150715
    2000 Amadis 7120
    1999 Naxos SPGIFTPK
    1998 Vanguard 2006
    1998 Harmonia Mundi HMC90 1655
    1998 Virgin 561466-2
    1997 Naxos 8 556655
    1995 Novalis 150111
    1995 Deutsche Grammophon
    1995 Deutsche Grammophon 447022
    1995 Naxos 550908
    1989 Decca / L'Oiseau-Lyre 4217322
    1984 Philips 411126
    Seraphim UK 569545-2
    Walter Rinaldi
    Walter Rinaldi
    RCA 7774
    EMI Music Distribution 4795212
    Donau 8120
    Virgin 791167
    Brilliant Classics 93667/22