One of the most beautiful pieces of the Baroque music: John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concierto en D mayor.
Vivaldi wrote many concertos for various instruments, including lute and mandolin. This Concerto in D major for Lute and Orchestra has been transcribed for guitar. It remains one of the finest examples of the Baroque music, it has been recorded by many artists. John Williams version is one of the best examples of these.
And if you want to listen the concerto played with the original instrument (lute), watch the beautiful video below: Michael Fields plays Vivaldi’s lute concerto en D-Mayor at Sastamala Gregoriana Festival in Finland, July 2008, accompanied by members of New Trinity Baroque. His instrument is an archlute by Stephen Gottlieb.
Concierto en D-mayor (RV 93) is a chamber concerto scored for solo strings and lute. During Vivaldi’s lifetime, the lute was nearing the end of a long and distinguished career as a solo instrument, its final glory achieved in the suites of Bach and his fellow German, Silvius Weiss. The D major Concerto, along with the Trios for violin and lute in G minor, RV 63 and C major, RV 85 was composed in Bohemia during the 1730s. In this short, attractive three-movement work, Vivaldi exploits the instrument’s timbres and ability to play arpeggios to appealing affect. It opens with an Allegro giusto whose ritornello contrasts a tuneful opening theme with a more lyrical motif in the minor mode. The soloist enters to the same material, which is worked out with typical alternation between soloists and strings. The central Largo is a reflective meditation by the soloist over sustained violin accompaniment and pizzicato bass, with an exquisitely simple shift from triple to duple meter, while the final Allegro brings a return to the high spirits of the first subject of the opening movement and has a bit of tarantella-like feel with its 6/8 rhythms. As with Vivaldi’s other lute works, the concerto in D was not published during Vivaldi’s lifetime. The autograph manuscript is preserved in the Biblioteca Nazionale, Turin. (allmusic.com)