A flautino, which will be heard in CSO concerts June 5-7, is a kind of recorder. The second smallest member of the modern recorder family, it was a popular solo instrument during the Baroque era.
Vivaldi wrote three works for the instrument, and his Flautino Concerto in C Major, RV 443, will be performed by conductor-soloist Giovanni Antonini and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In his concertos, Vivaldi shows “no mercy to the little recorder, an instrument pitched an octave above the treble recorder and sounding an octave higher than its written part, demanding feats of the greatest agility.”
In this video clip, Antonini and his early music ensemble Il Guardino Armonico perform the last movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Flautino in C Major, RV 443: