Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto alla rustica, for strings & continuo in G major, RV 151

    Description by Andrew Lindemann Malone

    Antonio Vivaldi's concerti without soloists are generally included among the antecedents of the Classical-period symphony. Probably written for highly skilled professional orchestras, these works, mostly written in a contrapuntal style, show what the orchestra can do when it is not in any way subordinated to a soloist. All of these features manifest themselves in the Concerto alla rustica for strings in G major, RV 151. Despite the idea of provincialism implied in the title, this work is a brilliant, sophisticated example of late-Baroque style. The first movement Presto is a virtuoso showpiece for Baroque orchestra, with a bouncy melody that never stops moving. However, the high spirits are quickly and dramatically countered by an unexpected juxtaposition of the same material in a fierce minor, which ends the movement. Ornamental runs from a solo violin decorate the simple melody of the brief Adagio that follows, while the final movement, in dance rhythm, has a busy cello line to support its graceful violin melody. In this exciting work, Vivaldi packs much musical content into a brief time interval.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Presto
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Mediaphon
    2017 Naxos 8503293
    2017 Avie AV 2371
    2016 Berlin Classics 0300698 BC
    2014 Naïve OP 30554
    2013 429 Records
    2013 Music & Melody / ZYX MUS 50172
    2013 Solo Musica SM 190
    2013 Deutsche Grammophon
    2012 Sony Classical 8869794532
    2012 Archiv Produktion 4790135
    2012 Archiv Produktion
    2011 Decca CFMFW137
    2011 Decca 4782747
    2011 Decca
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94100
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Naïve V 5155
    2008 Brilliant 93169
    2008 Decca 4437682
    2008 Madacy Entertainment 53755
    2008 Decca / Deutsche Grammophon
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93179
    2007 Classic Mania 93320
    2007 St. Clair 862
    2007 Decca
    2007 Naïve 30447
    2006 Decca 000646702
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon
    2006 Berlin Classics 0017882BC
    2005 Bridge 9173
    2005 EtCetera Records 1278
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 000426802
    2005 Decca 000386512
    2004 Golden Classics 5486
    2004 Deutsche Grammophon 000349302
    2004 Onyx Classix 6600
    2004 Hyperion 55190
    2004 Brilliant 92389
    2003 Virgin Classics 562167
    2003 Brilliant 92004
    2003 Claves 2204
    2003 Chandos 687
    2002 St. Clair 3098
    2002 St. Clair 3068
    2002 Deutsche Grammophon 472358
    2002 L'Oiseau-Lyre 433523
    2001 Dorian DOR 90018
    2000 Naxos 555293
    2000 Onyx Classix 1917
    2000 Deutsche Grammophon 469220
    2000 St. Clair 30212
    2000 Teldec 80225
    1999 Madacy 4808
    1999 Tacet 074
    1999 Madacy 9508
    1999 Madacy 9504
    1999 Angel Records 67219
    1999 Dorian XCD90255
    1999 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 509
    1998 Premiere / Premiere Music Distribution 62142
    1998 Berlin Classics 0093492
    1998 Analekta 23128
    1998 Naxos 8 554040
    1997 Madacy 8823
    1997 Opus 111 30181
    1997 Naxos 553742
    1997 L'Oiseau-Lyre 455 703-2OF2
    1997 Sony Classical 62719
    1997 Point Classics 265075
    1997 Madacy 8815
    1997 Eclipse Records 64353
    1997 Essential Classics 63284
    1996 Happy Holidays / Retro Music 3520
    1996 Archiv Produktion 447 301-2AMA
    1995 Discover 920230
    1995 Madacy 5656
    1995 Madacy 7680
    1995 Madacy 8714
    1995 Madacy 5631
    1995 Capitol 45117
    1994 Naxos 560008
    1994 Madacy 3610
    1994 Deutsche Grammophon 4394222
    1994 Naxos 505013
    1993 RCA 61275
    1992 Decca 4338662
    1992 Naxos 550056
    1991 Newport Classic 60075
    1990 Deutsche Grammophon 419046
    1988 Deutsche Grammophon 423226
    1987 Hyperion 66247
    1983 Philips 411035
    Concerto 2818
    Madacy 0839
    Digital Concerto 613
    Digimode Entertainment 12102
    Denon Records 73335
    Virgin 61103
    ABC Classics 4766868
    ABC Classics 4766870
    Gemini Collection 615
    Samsung Music 081
    Newport Classic 60075
    Brilliant 93179/5
    Madacy Entertainment 53756
    Madacy 0835
    Archiv Produktion 431710
    Forum Records 462055/6
    Classic Art 107
    Archiv Produktion 415674
    Challenge Classics 72044
    Archiv Produktion 471317
    L'Oiseau-Lyre 414588
    Brilliant 92389/6
    Brilliant Classics 93667/6
    Brilliant 92389/22
    Brilliant 93196/8
    ZYX Classics 4021
    Onyx Classix 66322
    Conifer 15909
    EXL 4243
    Powder Classics 5104