Aug 6, 2019

Vivaldi con amore: Tafelmusik’s first recording with Elisa Citterio to be released September 20, 2019

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“Citterio’s affinity for Vivaldi has become very clear in her short time with Tafelmusik. Her splendid playing always delights. Yet it is in her invitational style of leadership that she brings the orchestra to perform with precision, joy and sparkling musicality.”
—Toronto Concert Reviews

Toronto, August 6, 2019 … Tafelmusik is thrilled to announce the release of Vivaldi con amore, the orchestra’s first recording with Music Director Elisa Citterio. This all-Vivaldi album showcases Citterio and members of the orchestra in concertos for violin, oboe, bassoon, and lute, underlining the level of virtuosity across the ensemble. Vivaldi con amore will be released in retail stores and on digital platforms on September 20, 2019. Listen to excerpts at

Elisa Citterio is featured as violin soloist in Vivaldi’s love-themed concertos “L'amoroso” and “L'amato bene,” while Tafelmusik’s remarkable musicians—Cristina Zacharias, Patricia Ahern, Geneviève Gilardeau, and Julia Wedman, violins; John Abberger and Marco Cera, oboes; Dominic Teresi, bassoon, and Lucas Harris, lute, are featured as soloists in the vibrant concertos that complete the program, which opens with the Sinfonia from Vivaldi’s opera Ottone in villa.

“In the collective imagination Vivaldi truly represents ‘l’italianità,’ or the Italian character. His music describes and evokes landscapes, states of mind, and characters in a very direct way. Vivaldi’s music speaks unambiguously to people’s hearts.” —Elisa Citterio

Tafelmusik is grateful for the support of the following generous donors, who helped make this recording project possible: Lead Sponsors Tom Bogart & Kathy Tamaki. Concerto Sponsors Margaret & John Catto; Al & Jane Forest; John & Laura Formusa; Gordon & Pamela Henderson;
Joyce & Alec Monro;Christopher & Colleen Paige; Ron Schlumpf & Marie Venner; In honour of Ida & Walter Pitman.

Elisa Citterio, Music Director

Antonio Vivaldi
Sinfonia to Ottone in villa, RV 729 (4:34)
Concerto for violin in C Minor, RV 761 “Amato bene” (9:28)
Concerto for bassoon in D Minor, RV 481 (11:26)
Concerto for 2 oboes in C Major, RV 534 (7:58)
Concerto for violin in E Major, RV 271 “L’amoroso” (9:40)
Concerto for lute in D Major, RV 93 (11:41)
Concerto for 4 violins in B-flat Major, RV 553 (10:45)
Concerto for 2 oboes & 2 violins in D Major, RV 564a (9:53)
Total time: 75:25

Recorded October 30–November 2, 2018 at Humbercrest United Church, Toronto. Recorded by TRITONUS Musikproduktion GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany

1 CD package: $20.00 CAD
Total Duration: 75:25
In-Store: September 20, 2019
Sound Format: CD & 44.1 high resolution
Product Number: TMK1039CD
Recording Dates: October 30–November 2, 2018
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Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is one of the world’s leading period ensembles and Canada’s most-toured orchestra. Tafelmusik engages Toronto audiences with an annual season of more than 80 concerts in diverse venues across the city, as well as national and international audiences through an extensive schedule of tours and critically acclaimed recordings. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the baroque and classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto's Opera Atelier, and underground at its Haus Musik series. The orchestra’s musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik's catalogue of award-winning recordings on the SONY, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered ten JUNO Awards and numerous other recording prizes. Jeanne Lamon continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: BMO Financial Group, TD Bank Group, RBC Foundation, KPMG, Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Whitmer Trudel Charitable Foundation, The Estate of Lawrence Ballon, Tom Bogart & Kathy Tamaki, The Pluralism Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM, NOW Magazine, and Wholenote Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.

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