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Vivaldi 12 Concertos Op.3 'Estro Armonico', Bach Keyboards Arrangements

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano

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One of Antonio Vivaldi’s undisputed masterpieces—alongside the famous Quattro StagioniL’Estro armonico, a set of 12 concertos for stringed instruments, caused a real stir when it was first published in Amsterdam in 1711. Vivaldi’s creation fascinated many composers, beginning with Johann Sebastian Bach who decided to transcribe several of these concertos for keyboard during his time in Weimar. He explored Italian musical inclinations in great detail, and his personal work often reflects the perfect assimilation of Italian-style virtuosity and the melodic art typical of the musicians from the peninsula (Corelli, Vivaldi, Marcello, Torelli, etc.).

In this magnificent double album, Rinaldo Alessandrini confronts Vivaldi’s original orchestras and Bach’s arrangements. There’s Concerto No. 3 from L’Estro armonico (for solo violin), followed by the version for keyboard (BWV 978)—in this case a solo harpsichord—and Concerto No. 10 from Vivaldi’s Opus 3, followed by its famous elaboration for four keyboards (BWV 1065). Of course, it’s fascinating to compare the originals with Bach’s versions; the German composer will often enrich the polyphonic texture or change the melodic contours. Vivaldi, on the other hand, displays melodic genius and great instrumental imagination, as well as an innate ability to create an incredible ambience. It’s nothing short of enchanting: no wonder his work left the whole of Europe stunned.

The orchestral versions of Rinaldo Alessandrini and his Concerto italiano can only be described as prodigious. They display such finesse and flexibility (and a beautiful instrumental reach too!). Their textures are silky, their rhythm poised and perfectly formed (right from Concerto No.1, which opens the collection). Bach’s versions take a backseat here, despite the outstanding performances given by Rinaldo Alessandrini on harpsichord and Lorenzo Ghielmi on the organ, which are a real treat for the ears. The star of the show is Vivaldi. With this release, Rinaldo Alessandrini and his Concerto Italiano provide one of the most beautiful and formidably joyful interpretations of L’Estro armonico. It’s simply unmissable! © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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Rinaldo Alessandrini

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 1 for 4 Violins in D Major, Op. 3, RV 549: I. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:00

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 1 for 4 Violins in D Major, Op. 3, RV 549: II. Largo, e spiccato
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:24

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 1 for 4 Violins in D Major, Op. 3, RV 549: III. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:24

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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4
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 2 for 2 Violins in G Minor, Op. 3, RV 578: I. Adagio e spiccato
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:01:32

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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5
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 2 for 2 Violins in G Minor, Op. 3, RV 578: II. [Allegro]
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:16

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 2 for 2 Violins in G Minor, Op. 3, RV 578: III. Larghetto
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:36

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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7
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 2 for 2 Violins in G Minor, Op. 3, RV 578: IV. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:23

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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8
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 3 for Violin in G Major, Op. 3, RV 310: I. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:12

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 3 for Violin in G Major, Op. 3, RV 310: II. Largo
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:01:56

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist

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10
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 3 for Violin in G Major, Op. 3, RV 310: III. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:19

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist

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11
Concerto for Solo Harpsichord after RV 310 in F Major, BWV 978: I. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Soloist, MainArtist

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Concerto for Solo Harpsichord after RV 310 in F Major, BWV 978: II. Largo
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Soloist, MainArtist

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Concerto for Solo Harpsichord after RV 310 in F Major, BWV 978: III. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Soloist, MainArtist

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14
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 10 for 4 Violins in B Minor, Op. 3, RV 580: I. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:37

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 10 for 4 Violins in B Minor, Op. 3, RV 580: II. Largo
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:06

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 10 for 4 Violins in B Minor, Op. 3, RV 580: III. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:12

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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Concerto for 4 Harpsichords and Strings after RV 580 in A Minor, BWV 1065: I. [Allegro]
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Salvatore Carchiolo, Soloist, MainArtist - Ignazio Schifani, Soloist, MainArtist - Andrea Buccarella, Soloist, MainArtist

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Concerto for 4 Harpsichords and Strings after RV 580 in A Minor, BWV 1065: II. Largo – Larghetto - Largo
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Salvatore Carchiolo, Soloist, MainArtist - Ignazio Schifani, Soloist, MainArtist - Andrea Buccarella, Soloist, MainArtist

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Concerto for 4 Harpsichords and Strings after RV 580 in A Minor, BWV 1065: III. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Salvatore Carchiolo, Soloist, MainArtist - Ignazio Schifani, Soloist, MainArtist - Andrea Buccarella, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 11 for 2 Violins and Cello in D Minor, Op. 3, RV 565: I. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:00:45

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 11 for 2 Violins and Cello in D Minor, Op. 3, RV 565: II. Adagio e spiccato. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:01

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 11 for 2 Violins and Cello in D Minor, Op. 3, RV 565: III. Largo
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:14

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 11 for 2 Violins and Cello in D Minor, Op. 3, RV 565: IV. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:26

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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24
Concerto for Solo Organ after RV 565 in D Minor, BWV 596: I. [Allegro] – Grave - Fuga
Lorenzo Ghielmi
00:04:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lorenzo Ghielmi, Soloist, MainArtist

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Concerto for Solo Organ after RV 565 in D Minor, BWV 596: II. Largo e spiccato
Lorenzo Ghielmi
00:02:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lorenzo Ghielmi, Soloist, MainArtist

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Concerto for Solo Organ after RV 565 in D Minor, BWV 596: III. [Allegro]
Lorenzo Ghielmi
00:02:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lorenzo Ghielmi, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 12 for Violin in E Major, Op. 3, RV 265: I. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:36

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 12 for Violin in E Major, Op. 3, RV 265: II. Largo
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:55

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 12 for Violin in E Major, Op. 3, RV 265: III. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:42

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist

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DISC 2

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Concerto for Solo Harpsichord after RV 265 in C Major, BWV 976: I. [Allegro]
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:04:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Soloist, MainArtist

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2
Concerto for Solo Harpsichord after RV 265 in C Major, BWV 976: II. Largo
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist

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3
Concerto for Solo Harpsichord after RV 265 in C Major, BWV 976: III. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 4 for 4 Violins in E Minor, Op. 3, RV 550: I. Andante
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:04

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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5
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 4 for 4 Violins in E Minor, Op. 3, RV 550: II. Allegro assai
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:13

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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6
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 4 for 4 Violins in E Minor, Op. 3, RV 550: III. Adagio
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:00:42

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 4 for 4 Violins in E Minor, Op. 3, RV 550: IV. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:03

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 5 for 2 Violins in A Major, Op. 3, RV 519: I. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:53

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist

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9
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 5 for 2 Violins in A Major, Op. 3, RV 519: II. Largo
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:01:52

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist

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10
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 5 for 2 Violins in A Major, Op. 3, RV 519: III. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:35

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist

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11
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 6 for Violin in A Minor, Op. 3, RV 356: I. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:55

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 6 for Violin in A Minor, Op. 3, RV 356: II. Largo
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:39

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist

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13
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 6 for Violin in A Minor, Op. 3, RV 356: III. Presto
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:23

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist

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14
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 7 for 4 Violins in F Major, Op. 3, RV 567: I. Andante
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:17

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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15
L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 7 for 4 Violins in F Major, Op. 3, RV 567: II. Adagio
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:01:33

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 7 for 4 Violins in F Major, Op. 3, RV 567: III. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:02:26

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 7 for 4 Violins in F Major, Op. 3, RV 567: IV. Adagio
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:01:00

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. Concerto No. 7 for 4 Violins in F Major, Op. 3, RV 567: V. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:01:27

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Stefano Barneschi, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist - Boris Begelman, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. concerto No. 8 for 2 Violins in A Minor, Op. 3, RV 522: I. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:14

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. concerto No. 8 for 2 Violins in A Minor, Op. 3, RV 522: II. Larghetto e spiritoso
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:31

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist

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L'estro armonico. concerto No. 8 for 2 Violins in A Minor, Op. 3, RV 522: III. Allegro
Rinaldo Alessandrini
00:03:04

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrea Rognoni, Soloist, MainArtist - Elisa Citterio, Soloist, MainArtist

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Album Description

One of Antonio Vivaldi’s undisputed masterpieces—alongside the famous Quattro StagioniL’Estro armonico, a set of 12 concertos for stringed instruments, caused a real stir when it was first published in Amsterdam in 1711. Vivaldi’s creation fascinated many composers, beginning with Johann Sebastian Bach who decided to transcribe several of these concertos for keyboard during his time in Weimar. He explored Italian musical inclinations in great detail, and his personal work often reflects the perfect assimilation of Italian-style virtuosity and the melodic art typical of the musicians from the peninsula (Corelli, Vivaldi, Marcello, Torelli, etc.).

In this magnificent double album, Rinaldo Alessandrini confronts Vivaldi’s original orchestras and Bach’s arrangements. There’s Concerto No. 3 from L’Estro armonico (for solo violin), followed by the version for keyboard (BWV 978)—in this case a solo harpsichord—and Concerto No. 10 from Vivaldi’s Opus 3, followed by its famous elaboration for four keyboards (BWV 1065). Of course, it’s fascinating to compare the originals with Bach’s versions; the German composer will often enrich the polyphonic texture or change the melodic contours. Vivaldi, on the other hand, displays melodic genius and great instrumental imagination, as well as an innate ability to create an incredible ambience. It’s nothing short of enchanting: no wonder his work left the whole of Europe stunned.

The orchestral versions of Rinaldo Alessandrini and his Concerto italiano can only be described as prodigious. They display such finesse and flexibility (and a beautiful instrumental reach too!). Their textures are silky, their rhythm poised and perfectly formed (right from Concerto No.1, which opens the collection). Bach’s versions take a backseat here, despite the outstanding performances given by Rinaldo Alessandrini on harpsichord and Lorenzo Ghielmi on the organ, which are a real treat for the ears. The star of the show is Vivaldi. With this release, Rinaldo Alessandrini and his Concerto Italiano provide one of the most beautiful and formidably joyful interpretations of L’Estro armonico. It’s simply unmissable! © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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A child prodigy in his native country, the Brazilian pianist who passed away in November 2021 kept his distance from the noisy fanfare of fame. His enormous hands and his natural and virtuoso technique always assisted his full, powerful and mellow sound. Here Qobuz looks back at the career of a musician that for a long time was the “best-kept secret in the world of the piano”.

10 Versions of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique

As a proper manifesto of French romanticism, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique marked the 19th century as much as Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring impacted the 20th. Composed in Paris − which at the time was a global crucible for artistic creation − these two masterpieces catapulted musical language into another dimension. On December 5th, 1830 the revolutionary work of 27-year-old Hector Berlioz deeply moved the musicians present in the small room of the old academy of music, among whom were Meyerbeer and Liszt, who were impressed by the extraordinary audacity of this piece presented just three years after Beethoven’s death.

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