Our April Recording of the Month is the latest project from Théotime Langlois de Swarte, a young musician full of original ideas about how to make a program come to life.

This time his subject is Vivaldi, a composer it turns out played a big part in his childhood. The double CD, performed with early music specialists Le Consort, aims to encapsulate Vivaldi’s works, both great and small, with a remarkable number of world premieres along the way. Clive Paget caught up with the intrepid violinist to find out more.

What were your earliest memories of Vivaldi and his music?

Oh, three works were very important for me. First the Magnificat that I used to sing with the choir conducted by my mother – she’s a singing teacher. After that it was recordings of the Gloria and The Four Seasons. It really was a passion for me when I was a kid. If I’m playing Baroque violin now, it’s thanks to this recording of Amandine Beyer. It really affected my life and my vision about this music.

Théotime Langlois de Swarte

Théotime Langlois de Swarte. Photo © Robin Davies