Vivaldi: Mandolin concerto in D major RV.93 P.209 (Julien Martineau / Rinaldo Alessandrini)

Duration : 10 minutes

Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Radio France Choir performing Antonio Vivaldi's Mandolin concerto in D major RV.93 P.209, alongside Julien Martineau. Excerpt from the Christmas concert performed at the Radio France Auditorium on 22 December 2018.

Author of countless operas and religious works, Antonio Vivaldi is first and foremost remembered as the composer 500 concertos. Many of these numerous works were written for violin, unsurprising given that the composer was himself a violinist. He was even inspired to compose a Christmas concerto, "Il riposo" (RV 270). Sensitive to the colour of the timbre, Vivaldi sought nonetheless to compose for a variety of different instruments: flute, oboe, bassoon, cello, but also mandolin (RV 425) and lute (RV 93, a work commonly performed by mandolinists), whose plucked sonority brings to mind the serenades of the days of yore. 

These latter concertos followed the strict rules of the genre. Lots of levity and momentum in the first and final movements, with virtuosic interjections from the soloist alternating with orchestral ritornelli, with indications by Vivaldi (in RV 425) to be performed pizzicato (plucked), at the conductor's discretion. In the middle, the slower movements evoke an intimate and almost nocturnal atmosphere: the soloists are the center of attention, around whom the orchestra forms a subtle background.

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Full concert
Christmas Concert with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Radio France Choir
Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio,Paris
Antonio Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi
All artists
  • Rinaldo AlessandriniConductor
  • Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio FranceOrchestra
  • Julien MARTINEAUPerformer