Antonio Vivaldi: Lute concerto in D major RV 93 - Largo (Thomas Dunford)
Thomas Dunford (archlute) performs the "Lute concerto in D major RV 93: II. Largo" by Antonio Vivaldi. Excerpt from the France Musique Concert, recorded live on 30 March 2019
Composed between 1730 &nd 1731, Antonio Vivaldi's Lute Concerto in D major, RV 93, is one of four works written by the Italian composer for the lute. Having recently left his beloved Venice in the early 1730s in the hope of becoming an imperial composer in the court of Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna. It was during this period of change and transition that Vivaldi composed his famous lute concerto, although the short three-movement work was never published in the composer's lifetime.
The concerto is divided into three movements: Allegro-Largo-Allegro. The second movement performed here is also divided into various sections, with a meditative melody played by the solo lute, above a gentle string accompaniment by the violins and cello, and pizzicato from the bass.