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Vivaldi Cello Concerto

Posted on 11 Oct 2016 by Cristina Maldonado

Antonio Vivaldi. The Red Priest. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying he is one of the best known composers of the Baroque in the 21st century. During his lifetime he was highly esteemed as a violinist and composer, but died a pauper in a foreign city. Centuries of relative obscurity followed, until his music was ‘rediscovered’ in the 19th century. The 20th century saw Four Seasons overkill, leading some to dismiss him as a trendy hack who ‘wrote the same concerto’ hundreds of times.

But this label “is nonsense” according our Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve “and Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto in E minor is good evidence against it, as it’s very unusual how he pairs the soloist against the orchestra in this piece,”

“The first movement opens with the solo cello, joined by the continuo bassoon. They’re abruptly interrupted by the orchestra with a very energetic passage, establishing a very interesting dialog in which soloist and orchestra never play together. In the second movement, the cello and bassoon play the rapid passages, while the orchestra replies with a slow and gentle interlude. You could say the last movement is more generic in the sense that there’s a more direct dialogue between the soloist and orchestra. Overall, the compositional technique of this concerto is quite revolutionary and doesn’t appear in many of his other concertos,” Tipi said.

To make up your own mind as to how you feel about the Red Priest, experience his Cello Concerto in E minor, RV409 live at the concert hall as part of ACO’s Richard Tognetti & ACO Soloists concert.


16 & 19 October
Perth and Sydney



BACH Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major
VIVALDI Concerto for two violins and cello in D minor
VIVALDI Cello Concerto in E minor, RV409 
VIVALDI Concerto for four violins and cello in D major, RV549
BACH Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Genevieve Lacey Recorder
Satu Vänskä Violin
Ilya Isakovich Violin
Maja Savnik Violin
Timo-Veikko Valve Cello