ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741): Double Concerto in C for Psaltery and Organ, RV 774*, Salve Regina in F, RV 617, Violin Concerto in E, RV 266*, Alternate Andante from Violin Concerto "Il Reposo per il Santissimo Natale", RV 207a, Aria Ho nel petto un cor sì forte from Giustino, RV 717, JOHANN ADOLPH HASSE (1699-1783): Alma Redemptoris Mater, FULGENZIO PEROTTI (fl.1750): Sonata in G for Psaltery and Continuo*, GIUSEPPE TORELLI (1658-1709): Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 8/6 "Con una Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale". * First Recordings.

Catalogue Number: 01Q019

Label: BIS

Reference: 2089

Format: SACD hybrid

Price: $19.98

Description: Theoretically the music recorded here could have been performed in Venice for Christmas although the notes are fascinating in their descriptions of just how unusual Christmas was in the city of canals compared to cities and towns elsewhere in Italy. Since the psaltery was quite a popular instrument in Vivaldi's Venice, musicologist Olivier Fourés has made an alternate version of the composer's concerto for violin and organ, RV 774 substituting it for the keyboard instrument.  We also have the only surviving Vivaldi work using the psaltery - an aria frm the 1724 opera Giustino. The violin concerto RV 266 is an unaltered first recording while Perotti, a well-known Venetian psaltery teacher gets a first hearing of his galant-style sonata. Italian, Latin-English texts. Ewa Glinska (violin), Komalé Akakpo (psaltery), Ruby Hughes (soprano), Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester.

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