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Concerto for Strings in G minor RV 157

Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)

Concerto Copenhagen (photo credit: Thomas Nielsen)

Concerto Copenhagen (photo credit: Thomas Nielsen)

Composer
Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)
Composition Year
1729
Work Movements
1. Allegro
2. Llargo
3. Allegro
Artists
Concerto Copenhagen (Peter Spissky, Fredrik From, Antina Hugosson [violins], Torbjörn Köhl [viola], Kate Hearne [cello], Mattias Frostenson [bass], Fredrik Bock [archlute, Guitar], Lars-Ulrik Mortensen [harpsichord, Director])

Programme Note Writer:
© Kate Hearne

Vivaldi wrote almost 60 ripieno concertos, mainly for strings and without a clear soloist, closely resembling his operatic sinfonias. RV 157 survives in both Vivaldi’s private collection and also as the first concerto in a collection known as the Paris Manuscripts held at the library at the Paris conservatoire in copies made by Vivaldi’s father, Giovanni Battista [c.1655–1736]. As there is no soloist to attract attention, the genre of concerto a quatro leaves the composer with a high degree of freedom. The first movement is constructed over an ostinato bass figure, the violins dancing in continuous dialogue with each other over the chromatic, persistent bass. The contrapuntal second movement is based on a dotted fugal theme which builds up a harmonic web of dissonance and unease. The tension is broken by the explosive onset of the final movement. Vivaldi creates an energy here though rapid scalic passages in the bass, superimposed by jazzy syncopated rhythms from the upper strings. This glorious finale creates a mood not unlike Vivaldi’s stormy last movement to Summer from his Four Seasons.

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Concerto for Strings in G minor RV 157

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)
Performance date: Thursday 3rd July 2014
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)
Work Title Concerto for Strings in G minor RV 157
Composition Year 1729
Work Movements 1. Allegro
2. Llargo
3. Allegro
Artist(s) Concerto Copenhagen (Peter Spissky, Fredrik From, Antina Hugosson [violins], Torbjörn Köhl [viola], Kate Hearne [cello], Mattias Frostenson [bass], Fredrik Bock [archlute, Guitar], Lars-Ulrik Mortensen [harpsichord, Director])
Performance Date Thursday 3rd July 2014
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:05:38
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTE
Instrumentation Category Small Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation 3vn, va, vc, db, lu, hpd
Programme Note Writer © Kate Hearne

Vivaldi wrote almost 60 ripieno concertos, mainly for strings and without a clear soloist, closely resembling his operatic sinfonias. RV 157 survives in both Vivaldi’s private collection and also as the first concerto in a collection known as the Paris Manuscripts held at the library at the Paris conservatoire in copies made by Vivaldi’s father, Giovanni Battista [c.1655–1736]. As there is no soloist to attract attention, the genre of concerto a quatro leaves the composer with a high degree of freedom. The first movement is constructed over an ostinato bass figure, the violins dancing in continuous dialogue with each other over the chromatic, persistent bass. The contrapuntal second movement is based on a dotted fugal theme which builds up a harmonic web of dissonance and unease. The tension is broken by the explosive onset of the final movement. Vivaldi creates an energy here though rapid scalic passages in the bass, superimposed by jazzy syncopated rhythms from the upper strings. This glorious finale creates a mood not unlike Vivaldi’s stormy last movement to Summer from his Four Seasons.