Antonio Vivaldi

Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in C major, RV 398

    Description by Aaron Rabushka

    The orchestral strings begin this concerto's opening Allegro with a genial and motorically driven ritornello. The cello takes up its main tune in the first solo section and extends it through some equally genial passage work. The second solo section begins with a flowingly lyrical descending line and then moves onto some more virtuosic matters. There is a brief ritornello that turns to the minor mode in preparation for third solo outing, a section that features lyrical passage work, and the fourth solo break is again of a more virtuosic character.

    The subseqent Largo is a pensively lyrical minor-mode cantilena for the solo cello accompanied by the continuo instruments. The concluding Allegro resumes the genially happy tone of the first movement with a gliding rather than a motoric feel. The solo breaks are all assertive and sometimes motorically virtuosic.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro
    2. Largo
    3. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2015
    Brilliant Classics
    95082BR
    2014
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4792561
    2010
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2009
    Doremi Records
    7974
    2007
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4776579
    2007
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2007
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4776337
    2007
    Naïve
    OP 30426
    2000
    Amadis
    7120
    1995
    Naxos
    550907
    1994
    Deutsche Grammophon
    437 952-2GX2
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4290982
    G.Z. Classics
    0172
    Donau
    8120