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listen  5. Mossi: Concerto in G minor, op.4, No.12 (1726) - 1. AdagioMusica Antiqua Köln 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Mossi: Concerto in G minor, op.4, No.12 (1726) - 4. AllegroMusica Antiqua Köln 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Valentini: Concerto in A minor, op.7, No.11 (1710) - 1. LargoMusica Antiqua Köln 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Valentini: Concerto in A minor, op.7, No.11 (1710) - 2. Fuga: AllegroMusica Antiqua Köln 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Valentini: Concerto in A minor, op.7, No.11 (1710) - 3. GraveMusica Antiqua Köln0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Valentini: Concerto in A minor, op.7, No.11 (1710) - 4. Allegro - GraveMusica Antiqua Köln 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Valentini: Concerto in A minor, op.7, No.11 (1710) - 5. PrestoMusica Antiqua Köln 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Valentini: Concerto in A minor, op.7, No.11 (1710) - 6. AdagioMusica Antiqua Köln 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Valentini: Concerto in A minor, op.7, No.11 (1710) - 7. Allegro assaiMusica Antiqua Köln 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Locatelli: Concerto in F major, op.4, No.12 (1735) - 1. AllegroMusica Antiqua Köln 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Locatelli: Concerto in F major, op.4, No.12 (1735) - 2. LargoMusica Antiqua Köln 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Locatelli: Concerto in F major, op.4, No.12 (1735) - 3. AllegroMusica Antiqua Köln 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Leo: Concerto in D major - 1. MaestosoMusica Antiqua Köln 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Leo: Concerto in D major - 2. Fuga (Allegro moderato)Musica Antiqua Köln 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Leo: Concerto in D major - 3. (Moderato)Musica Antiqua Köln 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Leo: Concerto in D major - 4. AllegroMusica Antiqua Köln 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B000V3OKWK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Once again we find ourselves in the great Venetian Lagoon: as always the attraction of Venice is overpowering to weary travelers from the north who come seeking the slightly dangerous beauty of the 'Serenissima'. As the economic might of Venice began its long, slow decline in the 17th Century, the patricians and the doges began to deliberately spotlight the splendour of Venetian music performed for state, ceremonial and religous occasions. Approval spread quickly, admiration for this stylish music attracted young composers from Rome, from Florence, Milan, Bergamo and Naples. The dawning Venetian 18th Century, with its endless glittering carnivals, nearly year-round opera season and famous orchestras featuring lovely young orphan girls, drew nobility from everywhere, their fierce hunger for beauty never less than ravenous. The Venetian cultural magnet was in full force.

Arcangelo Corelli's concertos were, by the start of the 18th Century, the celebrated model of classical form and grace, and each of the five composers on this disc can be considered his pupil. Though most of these musicians plied their trade in Rome (Locatelli, Valentini, Mossi), often playing shoulder-to-shoulder in ensembles assembled by Roman nobility later made famous by the young Handel, their technical mastery flowed from a gaze locked on Venice. The Bolognese master Torelli exhibits an assured and skillful technique in his concerto, which is more formally strict. The Neapolitan Leo achieves an equilibrium between fugal and galant styles in his concerto. The three Romans make slightly fewer demands on the listener in their concertos, with their readily accessible content and engagingly popular style.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on June 15, 2008
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Imagine four master jugglers spread across a stage, each one juggling five balls of brilliant colors. Then they spin around and start tossing the balls to each other back and forth prismatically. That's the effect of these show-off concerti for four virtuoso fiddlers, blazing away on their Baroque violins, tossing flurries of phrases back and forth above the steady ground of cello and viola. This music is meant to be heard spatially; unfortunately not all of the spatial effect can be appreciated in recording for standard stereo, and it's not possible to hear who's playing what or when. Otherwise, this is lean and mean fiddling, just what you'd expect from an ensemble led by Reinhard Goebel, the Chuck Norris of the violin. The Devil must be doing bonanza business in souls these years, in the city of Cologne.

People who turn to Baroque music for effervescent easy listening will be delighted by these five concerti by lesser-known Italian composers of the 18th Century. If your taste in music runs toward the profound and exalted, you'd better stay with Scarlatti, Bach, and Vivaldi's vocal cantatas. None of these five concerti is worthy of Vivaldi at his best, but all of them are artful and entertaining. My favorite is the Concerto in A minor By Giuseppe Valenti, consisting of five movements, of which the slowest is the most exuberant and the fastest the most somber. That's the kind of juggling that makes such music a joy to hear.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ross Kennett on March 23, 2008
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Concertos for 4 Violins

This is the sort of CD I tend to buy on spec; violin music written by lesser known Italian composers of the late 17th and early 18th century played by a top orchestra, Musica Antiqua Koln. The title is attractive, " concertos for 4 violins "; will I get some forgotten gems or music that is seldom played because it is not very good ?
The composers are Torelli, Mossi, Valentini, Locatelli and Leo; I am familiar with Torelli and Locatelli, have heard of Valentini and Leo, but not Mossi.
The result, as might be expected is a bit of both, the Torelli and the Locatelli are first class, the Mossi and Leo not bad, the Valentini, the longest work on the disc, disappointing. Too much of the Valentini, to my ears, is of 4 violins playing in unison, rather than different parts together. There are not many concertos for 4 violins in the repetoire, the four in Vivaldi's opus 3, L'estro armonico, come to mind, they outshine those on this CD. Bach and Telemann each wrote a superb concerto for 3 violins.
The performace is very good, as is the sound quality, I like the packaging in a cardboard box rather than the fragile jewel case, the cover notes are pathetic, but the price is modest. Worth a listen.
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