, January 2009
This series concentrates on Concertos which survive in manuscript in the Dresden Saxony Landesbibliothek, and which were used by the Court Orchestra. They do not derive from the composer’s residence in the city, and the sleeve note suggests that their existence may be connected with Vivaldi’s association with an influential group of Dresden musicians, most notably the violinist, Johanne Pisendel who visited and studied under the composer during the latter part of 1716, and to whom Vivaldi dedicated a number of his Concertos. The quality of these works is often remarkably high, reflecting the caliber of the orchestra and indeed Pisendel’s virtuosity and musicianship. They sound extremely well in these excellent modern-instrument performances. Volume 1 gets off to very good start indeed. Alberto Martini directs bright, resilient performances, aptly paced, and he also proves a splendid soloist. There is nothing routine about any of these six works, as is demonstrated by the haunting Largo of the A major, RV 341, where the soloist plays over gentle quasi-tremolando; the result is exquisite.