CD of the Week: Vivaldi: Seven Cello Concertos

Cellist Guy Fishman joins fellow Handel and Haydn Society members in a collection of the composer’s most challenging cello concertos.

Israeli-born Guy Fishman has to his name one of the most extensive musical résumés on the planet – and luckily, his imprint right here in Boston is a monumental one. Having performed with countless renowned ensembles including Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Les Violons du Roy, the Arcadia Players, and many more, Fishman has become a hugely prominent member of both the local and international classical music worlds. In his newest album, Fishman explores works written towards the dawn of the cello’s rise as a solo instrument: those of Antonio Vivaldi.

Known largely as a prolific writer of violin concertos, Vivaldi’s cello repertoire is not to be overlooked. It is with the bounded mentality as a violinist himself that the Venetian composer wrote for the cello, creating the unprecedented task of a cellist playing their instrument like a violin – an instrument many times smaller and thus more agile. Joined by fellow members of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Fishman selects what he finds to be the seven most difficult concertos, bringing a lyricism to the cello otherwise unimaginable before Vivaldi’s time.

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Watch Guy Fishman perform with the Arcadia Players at WCRB's Fraser Performance Studio:

For more information and to purchase this recording, visit ArkivMusic.