Title - Vivaldi: Concerti per violino VIII ‘Il teatro'
Artist - Julien Chauvin
For those not in the know, this is the first time a French violinist has joined the line of prestigious solo virtuosi recording for the Vivaldi Edition.
Violinist Julien Chauvin and his Concert de la Loge founded in 2015, and modeled on one of the most celebrated orchestras of the late 18th century, here reveal all the discreet charms of an inventive concertante style rich in detail; featuring Vivaldi's favored instrument.
This particular set of concerti, Vivaldi: Concerti per violino VIII ‘Il teatro' (released April 3rd, 2020 via French label Naïve Classiques) highlight the consistently close links between Vivaldi's instrumental and operatic works.
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Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in D RV217
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in B flat major, RV 366
As aforementioned, this 63rd Vivaldi Edition album, and eighth volume of violin concertos, features the music of French violinist Julien Chauvin and his Concert de la Loge ensemble and is, from start to finish, a most grand and spectacular work of music art.
Cited by La Croix as an "enterprising artist with a passion for history," Chauvin leads the ensemble with exquisite perfection. Indeed, this particular set of six concertos highlight the consistently close links between Vivaldi's instrumental and operatic works, with superbly phrased cantabile and above all a sense of dramatic and narrative tension.
In truth, the works here in this eighth volume of Vivaldi's violin concerti are, one and all, pleasant and very easy on the ears. As we listen along, under the leadership of Chauvin, we can even hear superbly phrased cantabile, with all the players seeming to breathe as one.
Their inner swells match the outer musical ones to perfection, at times bringing forth a sense of dramatic and narrative tension; much as the master himself always alluded to.
At all times interpreting these concerti works with great enthusiasm and virtuosity, the slow movements are played with such extensive emotion, that you will believe you can actually hear the aching of a heart, the beating of a soul within them.
Musical quotations, borrowings, reworkings and affinities here bring his instrumental music and operas closer together two genres of equal virtuosity, on which he lavished his genius in equal measure; and in every expressive register.
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