Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Concerto Di Amsterdam

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917211528
Catnr: CC 72115
Release date: 24 September 2002
1 CD
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72115
Release date
24 September 2002

About the album

On this album the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam plays works by Vivaldi. The title of this album refers to the first work on this recording, the concerto grosso in D Major, RV 526a.

Concerto Grosso à 10 Stromenti in D Major 'Concerto di Amsterdam', RV 526a

Sinfonia nell'Opera l'Olimpiade, RV 725

This sinfonia is from the opera l'Olimpiade which premiered in Venice in 1734. L'Olimpiade was one of Metastasio's finest texts, and was set innumerable times in the eighteenth century. The plot comes from the story of The Trial of the Suitors, found in the sixth book of the Historiae of Herodotus. The love entanglements in the tale were aptly suited to the tastes of eighteenth-century audiences, who nightly went to the theater to see lovers misunderstand one another and become reconciled. In this story, the nobility of two women triumphs over tensions caused when two men fall in love with the same leading lady. The plot is both heroic and pastoral, and Metastasio plans for a good deal of entertaining spectacle distributed throughout the opera.

Violin Concerto 'In Due Cori' in B-Flat Major, RV 583

Vivaldi's RV 583 is a work of Italianate pomp. Its length, and the wealth of ornamentation that Vivaldi wrote into the soloist's part suggests that he was trying to impress someone important.

Sinfonia in B Minor 'Al Santo Sepolcro', RV 169

Violin Concerto in D Major 'Il Grosso Mogul', RV 208

This exuberant violin concerto entitled “Grosso Mogul” is probably from the late 1710s. Vivaldi experts puzzle over the significance of its title. “Grand Mogul” refers to the contemporary ruler of India or his territory, but this is not a descriptive concerto. It was probably played by Vivaldi during the performance of an opera set in India. Like a few other “theatre” concertos, it has demanding cadenzas in each of the outer movements…
This D major Concerto offers a wonderful opportunity for “extreme” violin-playing, particularly in its long, fully written-out cadenzas. It has nearly the same name as a Vivaldi flute concerto (“Il Gran Mogol”) that came to light only recently in the National Archives of Scotland, but is an entirely unrelated work.

Violin Concerto in D Minor, 'Senza Cantin', RV 243

RV 243 is called "Senza cantin" because it requires the soloist to omit using the highest string on his or her instrument, the E string. This is of consequence because it compels the soloist to play very high up on the A string, which creates a distinctive timbre, as well as its own set of technical issues. In the opening movement one hears unusual and beguiling harmonies and chord progressions.
Symfonieën en vioolconcerten van Vivaldi gespeeld door het Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Op dit album worden meerdere werken van Antonio Vivaldi uitgevoerd door het Combattimento Consort Amsterdam met Gordan Nikolitch op viool. Het album geeft een mooi inzicht in het veelzijdige orkest oeuvre van Vivaldi.

Concerto Grosso à 10 Stromenti in D major RV562
Sinfonia (from L'Olimpiade) RV725
Concerto per violino In Due Cori
Sinfonia in B minor, RV169 'Al Santo Sepolcro'
Concerto for Violin Il Grosso Mogul in D major RV 208
Concerto senza cantin for violin, strings & continuo in D minor, RV243

HIer worden zowel stukken gespeeld zonder een duidelijk programma, zoals het Concerto Grosso à 10 Stromenti in D Majeur en het Vioolconcert In Due Cori, als werken die gebaseerd zijn op een tekst, zoals Sinfonia nell'Opera l'Olimpiade. Wat de titel van het Vioolconcert Il Grosso Mogul betekent is onbekend. 'Grand Mogul' verwijst naar de toenmalige heerser van India, maar dit vioolconcert vertelt voor zover bekend geen verhaal. Het meest waarschijnlijke is dat Vivaldi het concert speelde tijdens een uitvoering van een opera die zich in India afspeelde.
In elk van deze concerten kan Gordan Nikolitch zijn virtuositeit tonen. Zijn extreme technische vaardigheid en de expressie zijn indrukwekkend.

Het Combattimento Consort Amsterdam was een muziekensemble dat zich richtte op muziek tussen 1600 en 1800. In tegenstelling tot veel ensembles voerden zij deze oude muziek niet uit op historische instrumenten, maar op moderne instrumenten vanuit de overtuiging dat de klanken hiervan beter aansluiten bij de smaak en gewenning van de luisteraars. Het ensemble is in 2014 niet helemaal gestopt, maar heeft zijn activiteiten voortgezet in een nieuwe samenstelling onder de naam Combattimento.


As of January 2014, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam will seize to exist. Founder and artistic leader Jan Willem de Vriend has decided to give full focus to his conducting activities. The other members of the ensemble have decided to continue under the name Combattimento. More information about them is to be found at

Founded in 1982 by violinist Jan Willem de Vriend, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam developed into a close-knit ensemble specialising in music from 1600-1800.

The musicians' wish not to focus solely on the standard repertoire resulted in many interesting programmes featuring remarkable and little-known works, some of which were only available in manuscript. The performance of these compositions in conjunction with more familiar works proved to be refreshing and inspiring to listeners and performers alike.

Over the years the ensemble gave many memorable concerts and operatic performances including Handel’s Rodelinda, Alcina, also by Handel, and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, in collaboration with De Nationale Reisopera.

In September 2002 the ensemble made its debut at the Early Music Holland Festival in Utrecht, giving two performances of Rameau's opera Platée in a co-production with Onafhankelijk Toneel and the Nationale Reisopera.

In addition to numerous concerts in the Netherlands, the Combattimento Consort also appeared in various European countries and in venues outside of Europe. Successful tours in the United States, Japan and South America have always been attracting attention in national and international media.
Concerts often had solo performances by members of the ensemble, but the Combattimento Consort also worked with great performers such as Barbara Bonney, Andreas Scholl and Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Thomas Zehetmair and Sabine Meyer as well as joining forces with Collegium Vocale Gent and other groups.

Several recordings have won the highest praise of the Dutch music magazine 'Luister'. Over the years, the ensemble made numerous CD recordings, including Handels La Resurrezione. Another recent production is Der Stein der Weisen. This opera had its premiere in the Wielki Theatre in Lodz (Poland; 2003), and after that it toured in The Netherlands and Flanders. In 2004 the Combattimento Consort toured through Central Europe and The Netherlands with Handel’s opera Agrippina, the largest cultural project within the Netherlands Presidency of the European Union.

Jan Willem de Vriend
Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam devotes itself to the music of about 1600 to 1830. Since its founding in 1982, it has performed virtually throughout the world as well as on many CDs, DVDs and television productions. For decades, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has had its own concert series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in which many entirely unknown – and mostly unpublished – pieces are performed alongside more familiar works, such as the yearly Matthaus Passion and Weihnachtsoratorium by Bach. Their 25th anniversary in 2007 was celebrated with the impressive project of Bibers Missa Salisburgensis, for the very first time in the original version with 4 organs and as many choirs.

In addition to having served as concertmaster with various ensembles, De Vriend developed a career as a conductor with several orchestras both in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy Germany, Sweden, as well as China and Australia. Opera conducting has come to play a significant role. He has led Combattimento Consort Amsterdam in unknown operas by Gassmann, Rameau, Heinchen and Haydn, among others, as well as familiar operas by such composers as Monteverdi, Handel, Rossini and Mozart. For the opera houses of Lucern, Strasbourg, Barcelona and Enschede, he has conducted operas by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and others.
He was invited by the Stanislavsky Theatre of Moscow to conduct an opera by Handel.

Since De Vriend was named chief conductor in 2006, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra has become a notable phenomenon on the Netherlands’ musical scene. It has presented semi-scenic performances of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Mendelssohn. There were premieres of works by Offenbach, Say and Mahler. And by substituting historical instruments in the brass section, it has developed its own distinctive sound in the 18th- and 19th-century repertoire. The orchestra performed music by Schumann at festivals in Spain and recorded Beethoven’s complete symphonies conducted by De Vriend. Its long Mahler tradition is being continued in recordings and tours.

De Vriend was awarded the Dutch Radio 4 Prize of the year 2012. The Radio 4 Prize is awarded to a musician (or ensemble or institution) who has distinguished himself in bringing classical music to a broad public.



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