Lost Vivaldi concerto discovered in Dresden

Posted on: June 29, 2012

In a news item in Italy’s Classic Voice magazine translated and published at MusicalAmerica.com on Wednesday (6/27), Carlo Vitali writes about a Vivaldi violin concerto recently discovered at the Dresden State Library by Icelandic scholar Johannes Agustsson. The “long and virtuosic piece in A major was written for Vivaldi’s friend and pupil Johann Georg Pisendel, who studied in Venice in 1716-17 and served as concert master at Dresden’s Hofkapelle starting in 1729. Assuming that the piece is recognized as authentic, [Vivaldi expert Michael] Talbot regards it as the most important Vivaldi concerto find since the discovery of the Turin manuscripts in the 1920s. ‘Ordinary Vivaldi concertos turn up fairly often, such as the Gran Mogol Flute Concerto [did] recently,’ he said. ‘But the unusual character of this particular piece—its late period, its considerable length and the extreme virtuosity its performance requires—sets it apart from the rest.’ ”

Posted June 29, 2012