266 Double Mandolin Concerto

Re-entry. Last in the chart in 2009. 2nd of Vivaldi's 4 entries this year.

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 two hundred 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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