Vivaldi – Piccolo Concerto in C major, RV 443 – Il Giardino Armonico

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Vivaldi is known today among music lovers and the general public for his four violin concertos, the ‘Four Seasons.’  He also composed sacred and secular vocal music, about 50 operas, several sonatas for various instruments, and 550 concertos (more than half of them are written for the violin).

The Concerto in C Major, RV 443 is often referred to as a concerto for piccolo because the first edition of the concerto referred to the piece as a piccolo concerto. The concerto has been performed on the piccolo but it is most often performed on a recorder. Vivaldi originally wrote the concerto for the flautino (a small flute that is a baroque cousin of the recorder).

Giovanni Antonini (recorder soloist)

Giovanni Antonini is an Italian conductor, recorder and transverse flute soloist.  He is one of the leading period instrument performers.  In 1985 he founded the early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico with Luca Pianca, a Swiss lutenist.

Here is a recording of Giovanni Antonini on a sopranino recorder (the highest pitched instrument of the recorder family) performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major, RV443 with the early music ensemble, Il Giardino Armonico.  Enjoy!

 

 

Willem de Fesch – Sonate in G Frans Bruggen (soprano recorder), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)

Willem de Fesch (1687-1761) was a Dutch composer and violone (a bass viol) virtuoso.  He worked in Asterdam, was Kapellmeister (chapel master) of Antwerp Cathedral, and played the violone in Handel’s orchestra in London.

His works include oratorios, duets, trios, solo and trio sonatas, concertos and part songs.

Frans Brüggen is a recorder virtuoso, conductor, and early music specialist.

Gustave Leonhardt is a harpsichordist, organist, conductor and early music specialist.

Here is a clip of Frans Bruggen and Gustav Leonhardt playing a sonata by Willem de Fesch.