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OK but lacking in variety
on March 14, 2013
I've enjoyed Vivaldi's music for years, so I thought this collection would be ideal. Sadly, I was disappointed by the lack of variety.
Vivaldi wrote hundreds of concertos for solo instrument(s) and strings; about 2/3 have violin as solo instrument, the remaining 1/3 feature bassoon, cello, oboe, flute, viola d'amore, recorder, lute, or mandolin. So I was expecting roughly this same distributioni in this collection: roughly 1/3 featuring some of the other instruments.
I personally enjoy the variety of these other instruments. So I was greatly disappointed that this collection seems to feature violin very heavily. I found some numbers in Wikipedia, although other sources might be slightly different.
Vivaldi wrote 39 concertos featuring bassoon; this collection includes only three. He wrote 30 featuring cello; this collection includes only four. Of four featuring trumpet, this collection includes one. He wrote 22 featuring solo flute; this collection includes only two. Of 48 or more for oboe (solo, or in combination with various other instruments), this collection includes NONE. Fourteen of Vivaldi's works feature pipe organ; only one is included in this collection. Of ten conceros with horns, this collection includes NONE. Of 12 concertos with recorder, this collection includes NONE.
I like the variety of the concertos for multiple instruments, such as RV.569 for 2 oboes, 2 horns, bassoon, cello, strings; it's omitted from this collection. Also missing are RV.559 and RV.560 (for 2 clarinets and 2 oboes); RV.88, RV.98, RV.99, RV.107, and RV.570 (for flute, oboe, violin, bassoon, and strings). And many other works for "diverse instruments" are missing.
In conclusion, I find this collection to be disappointing. It's not really a good cross-section of Vivaldi's concertos; it's mostly just a collection of his works featuring violin. It's a shame. Vivaldi wrote an interesting range of concertos; this collection is boring, and it does him a disservice.