Antonio Vivaldi

Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F major, RV 284, Op. 4/9 ("La stravaganza" No. 9)

    Description by Aaron Rabushka

    Antonio Vivaldi's Opus Four consists of a collection of a dozen concertos for violin, string orchestra, and basso continuo. Owing to some unusual and sometimes daring melodic and harmonic twists it carries the title La Stravaganza (The Extravaganza). The solo music includes a lot of melodic cantabile flights and also a lot of figural passagework that often rises to a virtuosic level. The ensemble starts off the opening Allegro with a confidently striding ritornello. The first solo passage (that features a violinist from the ensemble along with the official soloist) emerges without a clear break into figural passagework over accompaniment from the continuo. The continuo accompanies the first three solo outings by itself, and the full ensemble accompanies the fourth. In the subsequent Largo the soloist presents a concerned cantilena (with solo lines built out of short phrases) that begins almost immediately with discreet dotted-rhythmed support from the ensemble. High and low groups of strings seem to answer each other in the confident and extroverted ritornello that starts off the Allegro finale. The solo violin enters with a figural line over continuo and draws material from the ritornello in a later solo break.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro
    2. Largo
    3. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2017
    Various Artists
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2016
    Brilliant Classics
    95200BR
    2015
    Brilliant Classics
    95043BR
    2012
    Archiv Produktion
    4790135
    2012
    Hänssler Classic
    CD 94606
    2011
    Newton Classics
    8802034
    2011
    Erato
    2011
    Erato / Virgin Classics
    50999519300
    2010
    Decca
    2010
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2009
    ECM / Ricercar
    288
    2006
    Decca
    0004757693
    2004
    Brilliant
    92389
    2003
    Various Artists
    Haenssler
    98427
    2003
    Channel Productions
    19598
    2003
    Channel Classics
    19503
    2002
    Disques Pierre Verany
    730028
    2002
    Haenssler
    94006
    2000
    Naxos
    553324
    1995
    London
    444821
    1995
    Archiv Produktion
    447284
    Unison
    82842
    Brilliant Classics
    93667/14
    Brilliant
    92389/14
    ASV
    615