Vivaldi's Viola de Gamba

Jordi Savall, king of viola da gamba players, performs seven Vivaldi concertos with his band, Le Concert des Nations

Composer: Vivaldi
Repertoire: Viola da Gamba Concertos
Artists: Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Orchestral/Instrumental
Label: Alia Vox AV 9835

The dry viol tones float like gondolas over the tinkling harpsichord, and yet are suitably dark and rich in the tomb-like Concerto funebre. Savall leads with solemnity through his curling lines. The last concerto is a multi-soloist affair: trumpets exude regal pomposity but sometimes the period instrument whine predominates.

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