Vivaldi - Recorder Concertos | BIS BIS2035

Vivaldi - Recorder Concertos


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2035

Barcode: 7318599920351

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th January 2016



The Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin has demonstrated his remarkable versatility on some thirty recordings for BIS. However, in a recording career that stretches over almost 30 years, Laurin keeps returning to one particular set of works: the concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. The Concertos RV 441–445 are included on this, his latest release in which he has joined forces with the young and vibrant Norwegian string ensemble 1B1 (shorthand for Ensemble Bjergsted 1).

As he explains in his own liner notes for the present disc, he was inspired by his work on transcribing and performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: ‘A close reading of RV441 and RV443–445 reveals great similarities between these works and The Four Seasons: sudden changes of moods, turbulent emotions, burlesque whims mixed with sublime beauty and elegance… My aim here is to explore the recorder concertos with the same freedom and spontaneity that characterize the modern-day approach to the Seasons.’ Laurin’s recording of the Four Seasons has been called ‘undoubtedly the best transcription to date’ (Diapason) and ‘never hackneyed, but instead invigoratingly fresh and vibrant’ (Clarino), verdicts which can only fuel the expectations concerning this latest version of the recorder concertos.

The Concertos RV443 and RV445 are traditionally performed on the flautino (sopranino recorder) in C major and A minor respectively. In the original scores to these works there is however a notation ‘alla quarta bassa’ which some modern researchers interpret as an indication that they should be transposed a fourth down, and played on a soprano recorder. This is how these two concertos are performed on the present recording.

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