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Mandolin Concerto RV 425 by Antonio Vivaldi

This mandolin concerto was composed by baroque Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741). Vivaldi was essential in creating the genre of the concerto and is unsurprisingly most well-known for them, especially for his four violin concertos The Four Seasons. Like The Four Seasons, this mandolin concerto is in three movements, with fast first and third movements and a slow middle movement. The second movement, Adagio, is in a minor key consisting of slow mandolin arpeggios accompanied by the orchestra. The up-tempo movements are primarily major; the third movement, like the concerto as a whole, has a minor section in the middle. 
 
This recording is performed by the Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble under the direction of Kurt Redel. The Forlane CI CD, Les Concertos Pour Mandoline, credits Danielle Meyer and Christian Schneider as mandolin soloists, but it is unclear who is featured in this work. 

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