Any more 'lost' Vivaldi works coming to light? Just so I know the moment has arrived to shoot myself - I wouldn't like to go early. There was a whole opera or two in the last five years; six or seven minutes of a flute concerto seems small beer.
Just because a work has dropped out of sight for a bit does not mean it's been lost. Lost is when the entire pre-1700s manuscript collection of Italian music is floating down the Arno from the devastated Biblioteca Nazionale in 1966. Lost is when the French are required to bring back from Paris what they had looted from Florence, and dumped the lot, music included, in an untidy heap in the piazza della Signoria and said"Sort it out yourselves", which is why there are some oddly inappropriate works in churches and convents that speak of other orders and disciplines altogether, and the music stands in drifts and piles on floors and shelves in abandoned rooms off cloisters closed to all except the clergy. Get on the right side of the Florentine clergy and discovery is your oyster ( as the Bishop said to the actress).
And that's not to mention what the Russians carted away from Berlin and lesser cultural centres in Germany and distributed in conservatories lost in the wilds of the old USSR. Even the Fitzwilliam has found Handel bound in among undistinguished scuola di portfolios.
Anyway, your latest listening as you hold for whoever you hope to speak to is going to be the new Vivaldi 'find'. Don't be surprised if it sounds very much like all the other Vivaldi you have been forced to listen to.
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