The Basel Chamber Orchestra (Kammerorchester Basel) plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Il gran mogul (The Grand Moghul) concerto for violin (RV 431a), written in the late 1720s or early 1730s. Giuliano Carmignola: conductor and violin. January 4, 2014 at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Het Zondagochtend Concert.
The piece was the Indian part of a set of four ‘national’ concertos, La Francia (France), La Spagna (Spain) and L’Inghilterro (England) – the other three are all lost.
It appeared in a Dutch bookseller’s sale catalogue of 1759 and was then lost until 2010, when it was rediscovered by Andrew Woolley in the papers of Lord Robert Kerr (?-1746), the son of William Kerr, 3rd Marquess of Lothian, now in the National Archives of Scotland. Kerr was a flautist himself and is thought to have collected it on a grand tour of Italy. Number RV 431a has been assigned to the concerto in Ryom Verzeichnis.
Giuliano Carmignola (Treviso, 1951) is an Italian violinist. Born in Treviso, he studied with his father, then with Luigi Ferro at the Venice Conservatory and afterwards with Nathan Milstein and Franco Gulli at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy and Henryk Szeryng at the Geneva Conservatory. In 1973, he was awarded a prize in the International Paganini Competition in Genoa.