The Allegro from Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in C Major for Sopranino Recorder and Strings, RV 444. Featuring 2010 Young Artists Competition winner Andrew Levy, sopranino recorder, with the San Francisco Early Music Ensemble Voices of Music.
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