Vivaldi - 12 Violin Concertos op.9 ‘La Cetra’
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95046
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 24th June 2016
Federico Guglielmo (violin, concert master)
Although not as well known as some of Vivaldi’s other collections, such as La stravaganza or Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione, La cetra still has much to offer the listener. Vivaldi’s writing is as strong as in his other sets, as he moves into his late style. Not as adventurous as Op.8, he is nevertheless eclectic; some of the fast movements seem to be influenced by vocal lines, as the return to the tonic after a brief modulation occurs abruptly, similar to a da capo aria. The slow movements contain some vibrant cantabile moments. The collection as a whole foreshadows the Classical period; the pizzicato section of the Concerto No.10 would also be utilised by Haydn in his symphonies.
L’Arte dell’Arco is distinguished by its small size, with just one or two players per part. This allows for the transparency Vivaldi intended; each line has its moment, while the solo violin soars confidently above. Guglielmo is an experienced performer of Vivaldi’s works; his complete collection of the Prete Rosso’s Opp.1–12 was released on Brilliant Classics in February 2016 (95200BR).
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