Vivaldi: Concerto Works
Lazarevitch, François; Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
In the course of his recordings for Alpha, Francois Lazarevitch has explored the music of the Baroque and of oral and popular traditions. After Scottish and Irish music, airs de cour and Baroqu esuites and sonatas, he stops off in Vivaldi's Italy. With him, of course, he has his cargo of rare instruments, including the musette de cour which he uses here to perform Spring from The Four Seasons, in an astonishing and very convincing version transcribed by the great virtuoso wind player of the reign of Louis XV, Nicolas Chedeville. Lazarevitch himself has arranged the other Seasons for the transverse flute, following a frequent eighteenth-century practice. A new angle on these evergreen masterpieces. As Francois Lazarevitch says: ''I want to explore all the early sources in depth in order to challenge my performance practice of today and enrich it with an understanding of the style and the naturalness of period theory and phrasing. When I tackle old Scottish and Irish music, it is with the aim of retracing this path.'' The rest of the programme is devoted to other favorite pieces by Vivaldi, this time originally written for flute.