The concluding Allegro from Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major for solo violin and strings, RV 212. Alana Youssefian, baroque violin, with the award winning Early Music Ensemble Voices of Music.
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Live, 4K ultra high definition video from the main stage of the 2018 Berkeley Early Music Festival, performed on original instruments.
This extraordinary work was composed circa 1712 and is one of only a handful of concertos that includes Vivaldi’s original, high-voltage cadenzas. For this performance, Voices of Music prepared a new edition of the work from the original manuscripts: the dedication on the Pisandel ms. reads “fatto per la solennità della S. Lingua di St Antonio in Padua.” This inscription most likely refers to the celebrations held at the basilica of St. Anthony (see Talbot, “The Vivaldi Compendium”). The range of the cadenza extends beyond the fingerboard of the violin, remarkable in 1712, and the concerto was singled out by Vivaldi’s critics for its over-the-top virtuosity. A remarkable feature of the music is the call and response effects, borrowed from sacred music, which accompany the soloist. This work is here presented for the first time in 4K video.
A native of New Jersey, Alana Youssefian has quickly forged a reputation as an engaging and spirited soloist, chamber player, and orchestral musician. Hailed for her “incredible poise,” “sensitive dynamics,” and “plangent emotional involvement” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Ms. Youssefian has performed internationally as a concertmaster and soloist, in addition to holding engagements at venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Youssefian is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program, where she studied with Elizabeth Blumenstock, and Rachel Podger. Baroque violin by Jason Viseltear, 2016, after Carlo Giuseppe Testore, Milan, at the sign of the eagle.
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Manuscript source: Sächsische Landesbibliothek, Dresden (D-Dl): Mus.2389-O-74. #Vivaldi #ClassicalMusicMatters