Concerto for violin in G, Op.3/9
Concerto for violin in A, D96
Concerto for violin in B flat, RV583 (In due cori)
Concerto for violin in E minor, RV278
Giuliano Carmignola (violin)
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Recorded in May 2004, Abbazia di Rosazzo, Manzano
Reviewed by: Colin Anderson
Reviewed: June 2005
CD No: ARCHIV PRODUKTION
Duration: 66 minutes
A grandeur, elegance and expressive shape informs these vibrant and considered performances in which Giuliano Carmignola is a bewitching soloist, one able to innately impersonate an 18th-century violinist with playing that dances, sings and invents in the most natural ‘authentic’ manner. This is convincing playing from all concerned, not least in the adopting of more relaxed tempos than is often the case with ‘period’ performance. The subtle line that Carmignola spins in the slow movement of the B flat Concerto of Vivaldi, for example, is extemporisation of a special order, and the resonant textures that the ensemble conjures carry a deeply expressive charge, the harpsichord not a ‘regular’ continuo but an immersed character. The chiselled rhythmic profile of the outer movements has a stamp and vigour, but not excessive speed, that contours the music with a range of inflexion that compels attention and suggests the spirit of the age.
There’s a feeling of rightness about these interpretations that are free of pedantic lecturing; rather studies have been made and lessons learnt and these players now have a freedom of declaration and a range of dynamics and colours that are simply spellbinding in their authority and communication: austerity is made beautiful and vigorous allegros are varied to full bloom. Locatelli’s Concerto has an amiable gait, folksy and earthy, with some spectacular cadenzas. Tartini parades his wares with confidence and Elysian grace, and the alternative slow movement that concludes this release is heart-easing. Excellent sound.