Finally! A superb recording of Antonio Vivaldi's Opus 1! The Roman classical trio sonata was still a fresh and "new" form when Vivaldi published his first opus in 1705 (or in 1703 some would have it). Vivaldi, strong minded and genial even in his mid twenties, did however stray from the Roman form, headed by Corelli's examples, and created a wholly new way of writing for the two violin and Basso continuo, owing a great deal to the Venetian concerto. We should bear in mind that the triosonata was gaining ground as perhaps THE most prestigious form a European composer (except for the French) could compose within.
This is fantastic playing from top-musicians of ensembles such as Accademia Bizzantina and Venice Baroque Orchestra. There is a fresh approach to the works here that certainly do Vivaldi's debut as composer justice. Vivaldi's Follia variations in D minor are the best known work here, and the violinist Stefano Montanari and Stefano Rossi are very impressive right from the start. The BC is balanced with a both discerning and energetic use of violoncello, harpsichord, organ, guitar and "tiorba".
I have a little criticism though. There should have been a clear marking of which sonatas that are included on the CD. The sonatas that are played on the CD are nos. 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, thus omitting sonatas nos. 2, 5, 6.
This CD sets Vivaldi's trios in a new light for me, at least, and I strongly feel that this adds to the image of the young Vivaldi. Highly recommended!