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VIVALDI: The Paris Concertos - Modo Antiquo
VIVALDI: The Paris Concertos - Modo Antiquo

VIVALDI: The Paris Concertos - Modo Antiquo

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Modo Antiquo
Federico Maria Sardelli

The German patrician von Uffenbach, during a visit to Venice in 1715, met with Vivaldi and ordered from him '10 concerti grossi'. Three days later, the composer reappeared with all of the requested music, assuring his patron that it had been expressly composed for him. Vivaldi was unquestionably a very quick composer, but he was also a barefaced and extremely capable promoter of his own talents. The collection of twelve concertos for strings, now preserved in Paris, also has all the earmarks of having been a rapidly and cleverly assembled series of previously composed works, with very little new music added. This same modus operandi would mark the genesis of op. 10 and many other collections by Vivaldi. But Vivaldi is an excellent composer, and like a great actor, he succeeds in taking on the appearance of a character by merely donning a hat or imitating a gesture.

"The performance by the Modo Antiquo is finely precise and brings out the lines clearly. The tempos are all appropriate to the works, and Sardelli clearly has his group attuned to Vivaldi’s style. The recording may be a decade old, but it still resonates. For Vivaldi collectors, this reissue is well worth waiting for." --Fanfare

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