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Lost in Venice - Makarenko

Lost in Venice - Makarenko

Eudora Records  EUD-SACD-2206

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Works by Vivaldi, Veracini, Marcello

Vadym Makarenko (violin)
Infermi d'Amore


The astonishing imaginative powers of Vivaldi as a composer of violin concertos receive perfect attention from the inspired soloist Vadym Makarenko and Infermi d’Amore in this album, which includes four premiere recordings. These brilliant performances provide an opportunity to discover Vivaldi’s ability to take his concertos’ virtuosic idiom into the realms of theatrical description and drama. This outstanding recording also includes the Venetian master’s Concerto for Violoncello RV 788, the Two Violins Concerto RV 521 and the Sinfonia RV 786, as well as Veracini’s Ouverture No. 6 and Marcello’s Violin Concerto Op. 1 No. 9.

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Review by Adrian Quanjer - November 30, 2022

Lost in Venice? I have friends who love Venice so much that they are in no hurry to find their way out. They love the people, the food, and above all the culture. The street maps in the booklet show why it is so easy to get lost and the excellent liner notes by Olivier Fourés explain why and how this has influenced the local population to become the people they are and the culture they embrace. From there to Infermi d’Amore’s programme choice is just one step further: To present the listener with music ‘lost’ in Venice.

In my view, the importance of this release is twofold. Firstly, offering an insight into the research on Venetian composers, notably Vivaldi, and secondly, offering a musical performance that demands respect for its artistic and acoustic quality.

In 2007 Olivier Fourés, the writer of the liner notes, obtained a Doctorate in musicology with his thesis L’oeuvre pour violon d’Antonio Vivaldi, "Ossia il violino in maschera". He is a scientific member of the Venetian Vivaldian Institute. He has previously advised the French early music Ensemble Mensa Sonora. A collaboration that resulted in the release of L’Estro Vivaldiano (Venise & ses Jeux d’influences) on the Passacaille label with, among other Venetian works, a ‘lost’ Vivaldi violin concerto RV 160.

Further research at the library of the Venice Conservatory, this time for Infermi d’Amore, led to another set of ‘lost’ and carefully reconstructed compositions by Vivaldi, as well as the discovery of Veracini’s manuscript of the Six Overtures and Op. 1 of Benedetti Marcello. This is a major contribution to Vivaldi’s oeuvre and today’s audiences are now able to hear them recorded for the first time by Eudora Records. Read all about it in the liner notes.

According to other information provided in the booklet, Infermi d'Amore takes its name and philosophy from the musical institutions, orphanages, and “ospedales” that flourished mainly in Venice and Naples in the 17th and 18th centuries, where music was a pivotal activity of its members. The driving force behind this early music ensemble is the Ukrainian violinist Vadym Makarenko, now living in Madrid, who, like the other members of the ensemble, studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland.

I must confess that I had not heard of this ensemble before. Putting this new Eudora release in my player was like going on a discovery trip. And such trips usually are the most rewarding. This one is no exception. Playing is fresh and articulate, the kind of Vivaldi most of us appreciate. The virtuosity on display in Overture No. 6 by Francesco Veracini is simply ‘out of this world’. In fact, all of this disc is a delight and it now stands proudly next to my best in this genre.

Gonzalo Noqué has done it again. We ought to be grateful to Eudora Records for their valuable addition to the SACD catalogue. Not only in terms of excellent sound - as always - but also in regard to the high artistic and cultural level.

Blangy-le-Château, Normandy, France.

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