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Vivaldi Concertos & Sonatas

Katona Twins

Vivaldi, Weiss

SKU: 23707

Year of release: 2007

Double Concerto, for 2 guitars, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532 11:50
1. Allegro Vivaldi 03:43
2. Andante Vivaldi 04:41
3. Allegro Vivaldi 03:25
Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82 10:12
4. Allegro Non Molto Vivaldi 03:46
5. Larghetto Vivaldi 04:30
6. Allegro Vivaldi 01:55
Concerto for guitar, strings & continuo in D major, RV 93 10:23
7. Allegro Vivaldi 03:36
8. Largo Vivaldi 04:37
9. Allegro Vivaldi 02:09
Trio Sonata in B minor, RV 85 (orig. in G minor) 09:19
10. Andante molto Vivaldi 04:26
11. Larghetto Vivaldi 03:10
12. Allegro Vivaldi 01:42
Concerto for guitar, strings & continuo in C major, RV 425 08:50
13. Allegro Vivaldi 02:30
14. Largo Vivaldi 04:17
15. Allegro Vivaldi 02:02
Sonata in A major 11:19
16. Vivace Weiss 01:50
17. Allegro Weiss 02:55
18. Largo Weiss 03:12
19. Presto Weiss 03:20
Total time: 61:55

About this album

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 1741) composed around 550 concertos. Most of these were written for the Ospedale della Piet, a kind of orphanage which was home for the female offspring of noblemen and their mistresses. Even after leaving Venice he supplied concertos and directed performances for this Institute, where the musical standards were the highest in Venice. After listening to many of these works we soon realized that the guitar concertos, originally written for mandolin and lute, are amongst Vivaldis best. Besides the double concerto for two mandolins we decided to arrange two solo concertos, originally written for lute and mandolin. In these arrangements the second guitar takes the role of the continuo, which would usually be played on the harpsichord. When listening to the mandolin and guitar versions, we found that the same piece played on the mandolin sounds a lot clearer. This is not only due to the fact that the register of the mandolin lays an octave higher than the guitars. Arpeggio-like formations sound harp-like on the guitar but not on the mandolin. Traditionally guitarists play these figurations by holding all the notes of the chord with the left hand, producing this harp like sound. These formations played on the mandolin, violin or on wind instruments would sound a lot more like melodies, where notes do not overlap and you can hear the jump between the notes. It is possible to achieve the same on the guitar by lifting the fingers of the left hand just like other instrumentalist would do. Once we listened to this clearer sound we nearly always preferred this technique. We also tried to play as much as possible with rest stroke, (a guitarist technique of the right hand) as it sounds louder and fuller, which is useful specially when playing with or against other instruments……

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Reviews

Audiophile Audition

"There is clarity of all the instrumental lines in these chamber-like versions with just string quartet... it didn't take long to be swayed by the brilliant performances". John Sunier

NRC

Leve de beroemde Hongaarse Katona Twins, Peter en Zoltan Katona spelen met het Carduci String Quartet concerten van Vivaldi voor mandoline en luit die zijn bewerkt voor gitaar en voegden er zelf nog wat bewerkingen aan toe. Het is vaak glimlachen en soms zelfs schateren om hun bijwijlen aanstekelijke swingende spel. Samen met Vivaldi vormen ze een drieling!!

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationDoopgezinde Kerk, Deventer The Netherlands 2007
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series