Happy birthday, Antonio

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) composed this mandolin concerto in 1725, while he was serving as violin master and composer-in-residence at an orphanage in Venice. It’s performed here by mandolinist Avi Avital and the ensemble Arte Mandolinistica.

7 Responses to Happy birthday, Antonio

  1. My kids sang selections from Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with their homeschool junior choir. I fell in love with the music and the man. And now the mandolin 🙂

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  2. Larry Geiger says:

    Nice. Very nice. Love me some David Grisman but now I’m going to have to look this guy up.

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  3. ibikenyc says:

    Bravo! Bellissimo!

    What a GORGEOUS instrument (is that crocodile trim?).

    (Also love the SINGLE note that girl plays every now and then)

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  4. egorr says:

    Now that was fantastic. A really neat rendition on an instrument I wouldn’t expect!
    Bravissimo!!

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  5. Well, that rocked!!

    I sometimes wonder if composers have some kind of fiendish attitude toward performers.

    Vivaldi: Mwah ha haah. I crammed so many notes into that bar nobody could possibly master it.

    Avi Avital: Hold my chardonnay and watch muh fangers fly!

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  6. A bass fiddle, more mandolins than have ever been gathered in one room, and the incomparable Avi Avatal — great way to perform this classic.  Antonio’s ghost is grinning.

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