Vivaldi & Friends

John Butt, conductor


Concerto Grosso in F Major, op. 6, no. 6


Bassoon Concerto in C Major, RV 472


Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066


Oboe Concerto in D Minor, op. 9, no. 2


Concerto for Strings in A Major, RV 158


Concerto for Flute, Oboe & Bassoon in F Major, RV 570

Known for his innovation and instrumental virtuosity, Antonio Vivaldi was on the cutting edge of Baroque trends. Early music specialist John Butt, director of Scotland’s highly acclaimed Dunedin Consort, traces his accomplishments along with the people who inspired him—and whom he inspired, too. Featured works include Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in C Major plus music by Corelli, Albinoni, and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1.

Conductor John Butt shares his thoughts on this program:

This program shows us something of the birth of the modern concerto, which profiles one or more soloists in a dazzling dialogue of gesture, mood and sheer exuberance. It was Vivaldi who most clearly showed that concertos could profile a broad variety of instruments, while his older contemporary Corelli worked on the harmonious interaction of soloists and orchestra. Bach took all these concerto elements even further and, via his sons, stood in the direct line that led towards the familiar concerto styles of the great classical composers. But this program is hardly just a history lesson: it seeks to show off the wonderful talents of the musicians of Music of the Baroque - how they work as superb soloists on a variety of instruments but also join together to make music together with expertise and joy.

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