Vivaldi Concertos & Sonatas (2007)

Vivaldi, Weiss

Katona Twins

Carducci String Quartet

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 1741) composed around 550 concertos. Most of these were written for the Ospedale della Piet, a kind of orphanage which was home for the female offspring of noblemen and their mistresses. Even after leaving Venice he supplied concertos and directed performances for this Institute, where the musical standards were the highest in Venice. After listening to many of these works we soon realized that the guitar concertos, originally written for mandolin and lute, are amongst Vivaldis best. Besides the double concerto for two mandolins we decided to arrange two solo concertos, originally written for lute and mandolin. In these arrangements the second guitar takes the role of the continuo, which would usually be played on the harpsichord. When listening to the mandolin and guitar versions, we found that the same piece played on the mandolin sounds a lot clearer. This is not only due to the fact that the register of the mandolin lays an octave higher than the guitars. Arpeggio-like formations sound harp-like on the guitar but not on the mandolin. Traditionally guitarists play these figurations by holding all the notes of the chord with the left hand, producing this harp like sound. These formations played on the mandolin, violin or on wind instruments would sound a lot more like melodies, where notes do not overlap and you can hear the jump between the notes. It is possible to achieve the same on the guitar by lifting the fingers of the left hand just like other instrumentalist would do. Once we listened to this clearer sound we nearly always preferred this technique. We also tried to play as much as possible with rest stroke, (a guitarist technique of the right hand) as it sounds louder and fuller, which is useful specially when playing with or against other instruments......

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Katona Twins

Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as “the classical world’s best known guitar duo”, Peter and Zoltán Katona effortlessly transfer from strictly classical, into more popular musical genres. They have given recitals in the major concert venues throughout the world including performances at the Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Philharmonie in Cologne.

In 2009, as the soloists of the “Night of the Proms” they performed live to half a million people in arenas across Europe. The twins have won over ten international prizes at major competitions in New York, London, Germany, France and Hungary. They were resident Artists of San Francisco Performances from 2007-2011. 

The wide repertoire of the duo spans from Bach to Piazzolla’s tango musicand their own arrangements of pop classics. Their programmes also include concertos for two guitars and orchestra by Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Tedesco. Several contemporary composers have written for and dedicated works to the Katona Twins. The duo studied in Budapest, Frankfurt and in London. The Katona Twins have been invited on numerous occasions to record for the BBC and other international television and radio stations. They played together with renowned musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and world class ensembles such as the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.

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Vivaldi Concertos & Sonatas (2007)

Vivaldi, Weiss

Katona Twins

    Audiophile Audition

"There is clarity of all the instrumental lines in these chamber-like versions with just string quartet... it didn't take long to be swayed by the brilliant performances". John Sunier

    NRC

Leve de beroemde Hongaarse Katona Twins, Peter en Zoltan Katona spelen met het Carduci String Quartet concerten van Vivaldi voor mandoline en luit die zijn bewerkt voor gitaar en voegden er zelf nog wat bewerkingen aan toe. Het is vaak glimlachen en soms zelfs schateren om hun bijwijlen aanstekelijke swingende spel. Samen met Vivaldi vormen ze een drieling!!

Vivaldi Concertos & Sonatas (2007)

Vivaldi, Weiss

Katona Twins

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Recording location:Doopgezinde Kerk, Deventer The Netherlands 2007
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Double Concerto, for 2 guitars, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532 - Allegro
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Double Concerto, for 2 guitars, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532 - Andante
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Double Concerto, for 2 guitars, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532 - Allegro
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Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82 - Allegro Non Molto
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Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82 - Larghetto
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Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82 - Allegro
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Concerto for guitar, strings & continuo in D major, RV 93 - Allegro
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Concerto for guitar, strings & continuo in D major, RV 93 - Largo
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Concerto for guitar, strings & continuo in D major, RV 93 - Allegro
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Trio Sonata in B minor, RV 85 (orig. in G minor) - Andante molto
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Trio Sonata in B minor, RV 85 (orig. in G minor) - Larghetto
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Trio Sonata in B minor, RV 85 (orig. in G minor) - Allegro
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Concerto for guitar, strings & continuo in C major, RV 425 - Allegro
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Concerto for guitar, strings & continuo in C major, RV 425 - Largo
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Concerto for guitar, strings & continuo in C major, RV 425 - Allegro
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Sonata in A major - Vivace
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Sonata in A major - Allegro
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Sonata in A major - Largo
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Sonata in A major - Presto
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