VIVALDI Recorder Concertos

The Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin has demonstrated his remarkable versatility on some thirty recordings for BIS. However, in a recording career that stretches over almost 30 years, Laurin keeps returning to one particular set of works: the concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. The Concertos RV 441, 443 and 444 are included on this, his latest release in which he has joined forces with the young and vibrant Norwegian string ensemble 1B1 (shorthand for Ensemble Bjergsted 1).
Release date: 29th Jan 2016

As he explains in his own liner notes for the present disc, he was inspired by his work on transcribing and performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons: 'A close reading of RV441 and RV443445 reveals great similarities between these works and The Four Seasons: sudden changes of moods, turbulent emotions, burlesque whims mixed with sublime beauty and elegance My aim here is to explore the recorder concertos with the same freedom and spontaneity that characterize the modern-day approach to the Seasons'.

Laurin's recording of the Seasons has been called 'undoubtedly the best transcription to date' (Diapason) and 'never hackneyed, but instead invigoratingly fresh and vibrant' (Clarino), verdicts which can only fuel the expectations concerning this latest version of the recorder concertos.

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