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Giuliano Carmignola & Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Vivaldi: Concerti della Natura,
Erato, 2000
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) had largely been rediscovered in our times thanks to the Italian composer Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973). He wrote about Vivaldi's concerti that their titles "imply not a program but rather an exquisitely poetic vision, sometimes painterly but never picturesque." The seven concerti La Tempesta di Mare, La Notte, Il Gardellino, La Caccia, Il Rosignuolo, La Pastorella and Alla Rustica have now been recorded by the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca together with Giuliano Carmignola (violin) under the title Concerti della Natura. Antonio Fava (violin) of the Sonatori has put together an anthology that they interpret in an outstanding way - as they have done before e.g. with their widely acclaimed Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) composed by Vivaldi and released in 1997. The Concerti della Natura have been recorded on historic instruments and tribute is paid to the performance practice of the period. Among the poetic visions is La Tempesta di Mare (The Storm at Sea), composed by Vivaldi in 1716/17 and first printed in 1725. The concerto belongs to the genre of the nature-symphony. It is an imitation of a storm, but in a theatrical exaggeration, as Giorgio Fava writes. Concerti della Natura is a Vivaldi-performance on the highest level and a real joy to listen to.
 
Violinist Giuliano Carmignola was born in Treviso, Italy. He began his studies at the age of five with his father, Antonio. He continued later with Luigi Ferro, Nathan Milstein and Henryk Szering. Guliano Carmignola began his career as a soloist in the 1970s, working together with leading orchestras and directors such as Claudio Abbado, Peter Maag, Eliahu Inbal and Giuseppe Sinopoli. "His work with the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca has reawakened his interest in early music and inspired more critical examination of the baroque repertoire in the light of new discoveries about the instruments and performance practice of the period. Giuliano Carmignola is now considered one of the leading exponents of eigtheenth century Italian Violin music [...]." The Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca were founded in Treviso, Italy, in 1983. They concentrate on the music of the Venetian masters and on Italian music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Their CDs (The Four Seasons, Le Humane Passioni, Concerti per le Solennità) have won several prestigious awards, such as the Diapson d'or de l'Année in 1996.
 
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