This disc, well recorded in 2001, presents the complete six concertos that Vivaldi wrote for recorder. The music is as technically demanding as anything he wrote for violin and clearly he had players of considerable expertise in mind. That expertise is fully illustrated on this disc which includes three concertos for the tiny sopranino recorder and three for the treble recorder.
The players are playing on modern instruments but everything is kept to the correct scale so spotlighting of the solo instruments is not required. The orchestra is made up of leading Hungarian players and was originally created as a recording orchestra for Naxos. Several of the orchestra members have been featured on Naxos discs as soloists so the technical and musical credentials of this group are secure.
The two soloists are among the finest recorder players today, the majority of the concertos being played by Laszlo Kecskemeti and the RV442 treble concerto being played by his former teacher, Laszlo Czidra. The C major concerto for sopranino recorder will be familiar to followers of Petri who played this concerto with great flair, and even faster, on her first solo disc. The slow movements all take the form of a slow melody floating over simple chordal accompaniments and the outer movements require considerable dexterity and breath control in what can seem to be endless displays of musical acrobatics. The final concert 'La Pastorella' differs from the others in so far as it features four soloists on recorder, oboe, violin and bassoon in much the same way as Bach combined instruments in his second Brandenburg concerto. it makes a delightful end to an enjoyable disc.
This is a fine collection of these concertos and I would suggest that it is well worth investigating for purchase.