ANTONIO VIVALDI Sonate per violino, e basso per il cembalo Opus II. Venezia, 1709
Ensemble Aurora Enrico Gatti
Ensemble AuroraEnrico Gatti
Playing time 71'34 Recorded in Langhirano, Italy, in June 2005 Engineered and produced by Manuel Mohino Executive producer: Carlos Céster Booklet essay by Enrico GattiDesign 00:03:00 oficina tresminutosEnglish - Français - Italiano - Español - Deutsch
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ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) Sonate per violino, e basso per il cembalo (opus 2) Venezia, 1709
1-4 Sonata II 5-8 Sonata III 9-12 Sonata IV 13-15 Sonata VII 16-19 Sonata I 20-23 Sonata IX 24-26 Sonata V
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Despite the numerous opinions published on the works of the "young" Vivaldi (the author was actually alrdeay 30 years old when this collection came out), pointing out the Red Priest's obvious debt to Corelli, a serious analysis of the first collections, ops. 1 and 2, clearly reveals the profound originality of the Venetian violinist. Their language is clear and transparent, as well as extremely elegant and measured. Enrico Gatti: "Amongst the important characteristics of music are its fortuitous and ephemeral essence, the sudden loss of memory when the performance is over, and the perfume of its origin. And herein lies the artist's responsibility, when he becomes the composer's "interpreter", when he tries to translate the composer's language, based on signs, instead of simply assuming the role of spokesperson of himself (or for his own hysterical fury, his own thirst for fame and money). The music of Venice is not that lean, dry, sharp music that the sound of recent years has accustomed us to: it would be simplistic to see it solely as 18th-century rock music based on a highly rhythmical structure, in these times where there are no speed linits, imaginations run wild and all kinds of provocation are permitted. (...) The artist's responsibility therefore consists in furnishing contemporary society with a plausible image -as close to reality as possible- of that distant society in its decline, for its beauty and appeal lie in its mystery, and it contains the same melancholy and brilliance as paintings from the same period.."
Despite an impressive track record of Italian violin music, one that covers major figures like Corelli, Veracini and Tartini, Enrico Gatti has only recently turned to the question of recording Vivaldi.
This Umbrian is a keen defender of Italian cultural values and their modern representation aided by active research. So he has somewhat been repelled by recent ‘fast and furious’ trends in the playing of Vivaldi – his booklet essay for this new Glossa recording gives further vent to his feelings on this subject – and it is only now that he as broken a 20 year recording ‘silence’ on the subject of the Red Priest. [read more...]