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Discography: (SE) BIS CD Release: Vivaldi – Recorder Concertos

Contributed by admin on Dec 11, 2015

"Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G major, RV 443 (originally C major); Concerto in F major, RV 442; Concerto in C major, RV 444; Concerto in E minor, RV 445 (originally A minor); Concerto in C minor, RV 441; Concerto in A minor, RV 108 for recorder, 2 violins & b.c.; Concerto in D major, RV 92 for recorder, violin & b.c

Dan Laurin, recorder and musical direction
1B1 / Jan Bjøranger, leader
Anna Paradiso, harpsichord
Jonas Nordberg, theorbo/baroque guitar

The Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin has demonstrated his remarkable versatility on some thirty recordings for BIS, ranging from ...

a nine-disc set with 17th-century composer Jacob van Eyck's complete Der Fluyten Lust-hof  to the recent Rock that Flute, with music for recorder and strings written in 2013 by the Dutch composer Chiel Meijering. During a recording career that stretches over almost 30 years, Laurin keeps returning to one particular set of works, however: the concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Three of the works (the Concertos RV 441, 443 and 444) included on his latest release he has recorded more than once before, with ensembles such as the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Bach Collegium Japan and Arte dei Suonatori. For his latest 'take' on these favourites Laurin has joined forces with the young and vibrant Norwegian string ensemble 1B1 (shorthand for Ensemble Bjergsted 1). As he explains in his own liner notes for the present disc, he was inspired by his work on transcribing and performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: ‘A close reading of RV441 and RV443–445 reveals great similarities between these works and The Four Seasons: sudden changes of moods, turbulent emotions, burlesque whims mixed with sublime beauty and elegance… My aim here is to explore the recorder concertos with the same freedom and spontaneity that characterize the modern-day approach to the Seasons.’ Laurin’s recording of the Seasons has been called ‘undoubtedly the best transcription to date’ (Diapason) and ‘never hackneyed, but instead invigoratingly fresh and vibrant’ (Clarino), verdicts which can only fuel the expectations concerning this his latest version of the recorder concertos.

  • For a list of releases with Dan Laurin, click here

Listen to a sound clip:

  • II. [Largo] from Concerto in G major, RV 443 (beginning), click here
  • I. Allegro from Concerto in A minor, RV 108 (beginning), click here
  • III. Allegro from Concerto in F major, RV 442 (beginning), click here
  • I. Allegro non molto from Concerto in C minor, RV 441 (beginning), click here

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Please note: The music on this Hybrid Super Audio CD can be played back in Stereo (CD and SACD) as well as in 5.0 Surround sound (SACD)

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