Double Concerto for 2 Mandolins RV532
1st of Vivaldi's 4 entries.
It must have been an amazing day for the music registrar at the library in Turin. In 1926, a party from the local Salesian community a mission of priests founded by St. John Bosco in nearby Monferrato knocked on the door to check on the value of their collection of manuscripts. Among them was this double concerto for two mandolins, which quickly became a twentieth-century favourite, a pleasure that had been denied to music-lovers of the preceding 200 years. An astounding story, but at least one with a happy ending. Now, numerous Vivaldi works take their rightful place in the classical world.
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