Vivaldi / Avi Avital
trad.: La biondina in gondoleta traditional Venetian with Juan Diego Flórez (tenor) Vivaldi: Concerto, Op. 3 No. 6 'Con Violino Solo obligato', RV 356 Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93 Concerto in C major for mandolin/lute, RV425 Flautino Concerto in C major, RV443: Largo Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 82 with Mahan Esfahani & Ophira Zakai The Four Seasons: Summer, RV315
Avi Avital re-imagines the sounds of Venice in this vivid homage to the most beloved composer of the Italian Baroque, Antonio Vivaldi. After his introduction with BACH and the colorful, contrasting exploration of world music on BETWEEN WORLDS, on this album Avi presents four popular Vivaldi concerti with the great Venice Baroque Orchestra: Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto, the Lute Concerto (with its famous second movement), “Summer” from the Four Seasons, and the A minor Violin Concerto (familiar to violin students everywhere). Interspersed with these familiar concerti are two authentic, 18th Century Venetian Gondolier songs, performed by Juan Diego Flórez, accompanied by Avi on mandolin; as well as the Trio Sonata in C major with DG’s new signing Mahan Esfahani and Ophira Zakai. The album was recorded in the Veneto region, the album is both musically authentic and commercially accessible.