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Vivaldi: Concertos for Two Violins ()

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When we refer to the "Bach Double," most classical music aficionados know what's being discussed: Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043. Apart from reconstructions, it's his only double concerto for two violins. With Antonio Vivaldi, such an abbreviated designation is impossible, as he has 27 -- count 'em -- 27 double concertos for two violins. While that may seem less manageable a total, at least it provides a sizeable amount of music for violin virtuosi Giuliano Carmignola and Viktoria Mullova to pick six concerti from in making their Archiv Produktion disc Vivaldi: Concertos for Two Violins. Despite the "rarely heard" designation on the CD's front cover sticker, all of these concerti are well known and already recorded numerous times, so they don't earn any special points for rarity of repertoire, an attribute in which Carmignola has scored in other Vivaldi recordings that he has made on his own. Nevertheless, from the standpoint of pure fiddling, this team of... Hide synopsis

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