Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) composed Violin Concerto No. 7 in D Minor, RV 242, as the seventh of twelve violin concertos originally published under the title Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione (The Trial Between Harmony and Invention), Op. 8. The first four of this collection are Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons) which are among Vivialdi's best-loved works. Although less performed than The Four Seasons, the concerto presented in this edition is a consummate example of Baroque concerto with finely crafted melodic content, lovely sequences, and energizing rhythmic figures.
American guitarist Jonathan Barlow is an active composer, arranger, performer, and recording artist. He received conservatory training at the University of Denver and earned a Master of Music degree with top honors. He is signed with Azica Records whose roster also includes guitar luminaries Jason Vieaux and David Leisner. Barlow's debut album Massif Trio plays Schumann, Schubert and Strauss is distributed internationally by Naxos and is comprised of his arrangements of 19th century German art songs (Lied) for two guitars and voice. The album has received reviews by the American Record Guide and All Music Guide; it was reviewed as “a masterful performance filled with keen musical insight, evocative text painting, and enticing sound quality.”