Video: Europa Galante Performs Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi‘s concertos for multiple instruments are highly democratic, they give each soloist a fair amount of time to show off.
Take, for example, his concerto for 2 violins in tromba marina, 2 recorders, 2 mandolins, 2 chalumeaux (early clarinets), 2 theorbos, cello, strings and continuo, RV 558 (a concerto grosso if ever there was one).
Even though he pairs them, there are a lot of instruments to feature. And the threat of chaos is not altogether unrealistic.
Yet Vivaldi manages, in typical fashion, to create a fine distribution and balance while stirring up a lot of energy.
Here’s Europa Galante performing the first movement—Allegro molto—under the direction of Fabio Biondi.