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Vivaldi: La Stravaganza
Violin Concerto, Op. 4 No. 1 in B flat major, RV 383a
Violin Concerto, Op. 4 No. 2 in E minor, RV 279
Violin Concerto, Op. 4 No. 4 in A minor, RV 357
Violin Concerto, Op. 4 No. 9 in F major, RV 284
Violin Concerto, Op. 4 No. 11 in D major, RV 204
Violin Concerto, RV291
Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra in F major, RV 544 'Il Proteo o sia il mondo al rovescio'

Fabio Biondi (violin and direction)
Europa Galante

No major ensemble today is more closely associated with the music of Vivaldi than Europa Galante under its dynamic violinist director, Fabio Biondi.

This new addition to Europa Galante’s Vivaldi discography comprises six concertos published in London in 1728 by John Walsh, England’s leading music publisher at the time. In the early 18th century Vivaldi enjoyed international celebrity: he took commissions from wealthy foreigners; the scores of his concertos were collected by travellers on the Grand Tour and his works were also published in Amsterdam between 1711 and 1729.

Walsh, who had previously possibly commercialised ‘pirate’ editions of Vivaldi’s music, took five concertos from the twelve in the collection La Stravaganza and added a sixth concerto in F major, RV 291, which does not survive in any other source, so cannot be attributed with absolute certainly to Vivaldi. All the concertos Walsh selected cater to the English taste for the concerto grosso, with more than one soloist.

This CD also includes a further Vivaldi concerto, RV 544 in F major, entitled ‘Il Proteo o sia Il mondo al rovescio’ (Proteus, or the world upside-down), which refers to shape-shifting sea-god Proteus. The score is ingeniously written so that, with an appropriate shift in pitch, the solo violin and cello could readily swap parts

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