"Are there still revelations to be heard in new Vivaldi concerto recordings? There certainly are in this dazzling, extrovert collection of concertos all for two violins – like a tennis match in music, the two protagonists toss figures, rhythms and phrases across the net with ever-increasing excitement and intensity. [...]Giuliano Carmignola and Amandine Beyer match perfectly. A winner."
"These are performances that burst with life, and right from the unaccompanied sparring between the soloists at the beginning of the first track (RV507) there is not a dull moment: the echo games in the finale of RV505 are brilliantly realised, no two of them quite the same, and even the solo-less ‘ripieno concerto’, RV127, included in the programme is somehow made urgently expressive."
Vivaldi’s double concertos resemble jousts: ‘the standards are raised, the bystanders comment, analyse, compare, speculate, the betting counter is open’, writes Olivier Fourés. But, he continues, the joust is not for real. It is ‘the stage of a theatre where two solitudes, within a group, meet up, then both size each other up and comfort each other’. There is bound to be comparison between the two protagonists, but in the end the triumph will be collective. And the least one can say is that Amandine Beyer and her illustrious guest Giuliano Carmignola have breathed new life into this dazzling form of musical theatre! [+].
RV507, RV529, RV510, RV505, RV127, RV527, RV513
Giuliano Carmignola, violin solo
Amandine Beyer, violin solo & musical direction
Alba Roca, Flavio Losco, Yoko Kawakubo, Domitile Gilon, Olivier Fourés, violins • Marta Páramo, viola • Marco Ceccato, violíncello • Baldomero Barciela, violone • Francesco Romano, theorbo • Anna Fontana, harpsichord & organ
2016 • Harmonia Mundi HMC 902249