Vivaldi - Lost Concertos for Anna Maria | Glossa GCD924601

Vivaldi - Lost Concertos for Anna Maria


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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD924601

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th October 2020



The so-called “Anna Maria Partbook” consists of an elegantly bound volume in red leather containing the violin parts of 31 violin concertos, of which 26 are by Antonio Vivaldi.

It was the personal repertoire of Vivaldi’s most gifted pupil, the famous “Anna Maria della Pietà”, who also played the viola d’amore, the mandolin, the theorbo, and the harpsichord.

Anna Maria’s partbook represents an extraordinary collection of violin concertos of high virtuosity. 20 of the 26 Vivaldi concerts are also known from other manuscript sources.

The remaining six are known only from the source of Anna Maria, and therefore incomplete: they are divided into three concertos for violin and three concertos for violin and organ, a pair of instruments widely used by Vivaldi and the Pietà.

Of these six concerts left out of the Vivaldi repertoire due to their incompleteness, Federico Maria Sardelli carried out a reconstruction based on many authentic concordant sources: this philological work allows us to enjoy six new concertos by Vivaldi, performed by leading Vivaldi interpreters of our days: violinist Federico Guglielmo and the ensemble Modo Antiquo under the direction of Sardelli, who make their debut on Glossa with this recording.

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