Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for 4 violins, cello, strings & continuo in F major, RV 567, Op. 3/7 ("L'estro armonico" No. 7)

    Description by James Leonard

    The most influential work of its day, Antonio Vivaldi's first set of concertos, called L'estro armonico, inspired composers across Europe to turn out thousands of imitations in the first half of the eighteenth century. Published in Amsterdam by Estienne Roger in 1711 as his Op. 3, L'estro armonico (roughly, The Genius of Harmony) upended the concerto conventions established by Corelli in Roman, enriching and enlivening it with sweeter melodies, more straightforward harmonies, and, above all, a driving rhythm that propelled his music irresistibly forward.

    The seventh work in L'estro armonico, exhibits all these traits set side-by-side with elements from the Corelli model. Scored for four violins and cello concertante with strings and basso continuo, the Concerto in F major, RV 567, is an unusually large work in five movements. Like the Corelli model, the Concerto opens with an extended slow movement, in this case an Andante, but instead of Roman severity, Vivaldi's Andante features long, sweet melodies for the concertante. The second movement is a fairly brief Adagio with gravity of Corelli, but it serves as more of an introduction to the extended third movement, in this case an Allegro, a light and delightful movement with the drive and virtuosity of Vivaldi at his most characteristic. The fourth movement is an even briefer Adagio again with the gravity of Corelli but it, too, serves as more of an introduction to the fifth movement, in this case a brief Allegro, a charming and elegant movement with the grace of Vivaldi at his most pastoral.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Andante
    2. Adagio - Allegro
    3. Adagio - Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Urania WS 121318
    2016 MV Cremona MVC 009025
    2016 ABC / ABC Classics
    2016 Brilliant Classics 95200BR
    2015 Alpha ALPHA 311
    2015 Brilliant Classics 94629BR
    2015 Channel Classics CCSSA 36515
    2013 Alpha / Alpha Productions ALPHA 193
    2012 Archiv Produktion 4790135
    2011 Newton Classics 8802034
    2011 Pan Classics PC 10251
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Decca
    2010 Philips
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 Madacy Entertainment 53755
    2008 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT070902
    2008 EMI Classics
    2006 Decca 0004757693
    2004 Brilliant 92389
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon 000005602
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon
    2003 Arts Music 45003
    2002 Meridian Records 84455
    2001 Tactus 672216
    2001 Disky 70682
    2000 Symphonia 175
    1999 Philips 412128
    1998 London 458078
    1997 BX 99402
    1997 Point Classics 267036
    1997 Arte Nova 74321 30485-2
    1996 St. Clair 24302
    1995 Intercord Klassische Diskothek 25914
    1995 Archiv Produktion 447284
    1994 Naxos 550160
    1994 London 443476
    1994 Naxos 505013
    Vanguard 66/67
    Digital Concerto 713
    Par Excellence/St. Clair 24462
    Madacy Entertainment 53756
    Archiv Produktion 471317
    Bongiovanni 5597/98
    Chandos 689
    Brilliant 92389/4
    Arts Music 47647