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Claudio Scimone

Catherine Bott travels to Padua to meet Italian conductor and pioneering champion of the baroque Claudio Scimone, of I Solisti Veneti. Founded in 1959, they were one of the first groups to give performances of the 18th-century music from the Veneto region of Italy. They made some of the first recordings of many concertos and opera by Vivaldi as well as music by Tartini and Albinoni.

As Scimone marks his 75th birthday, Catherine pays tribute to the conductor and his group, which is still actively engaged in Baroque research and still touring all over the world. For many people, Scimone offered their first experience of this repertory, and with a catalogue of more than 350 recordings and numerous awards to his credit, he and I Solisti Veneti still provide the only recording option in the catalogue for many important baroque works.

Scimone talks about how and why he established I Solisti Veneti back in 1959; about his ideas on interpretation; and about the fruits of some of his research, such as the re-discovery of important Italian scores by Albinoni and Tartini.

Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor for oboe and orchestra, RV461 (3rd mvt: Allegro)
Pierre Pierlot (oboe)
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone (conductor)
ERATO ECD 55025 Track 15 (excerpt)

Vivaldi: Concerto in E for volin and orchestra, RV271 (2nd mvt: Cantabile)
Piero Toso (violin)
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone (conductor)
ERATO 4509 97452-2 Track 8

Vivaldi: Concerto for two Mandolins, two theorbos, two flutes, two salmo, two tromba marina, cello and Orchestra, P16 (1st mvt: Allegro)
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone (conductor)
ERATO 2292 45946-2 Track 7

Vivaldi: Concerto for violin and orchestra, Op 8 No 4 (Winter - 2nd mvt: Largo)
Piero Toso (violin)
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone (conductor)
ERATO 2292 45945-2 Track 11

Tartini: Concerto in E minor for violin and orchestra, D56 (1st mvt: Allegro)
Uto Ughi (violin)
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone (conductor)
ERATO 4509 92188-2 Track 1

Albinoni: Questa Fronda (Il Nascimento dell'aurora)
June Anderson (soprano)
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone (conductor)
ERATO 4509 96374-2 CD 2 Track 22
(recorded at a public performance at the Teatro Olympico di Vicenza)

Vivaldi: Concerto in E for violin and orchestra, RV271 (2nd mvt: Cantabile)
Piero Toso (violin)
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone (conductor)
ERATO 4509 97452-2 Track 8.

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Sun 13 Dec 2009 13:00
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