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Concertos for the Emperor Import

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1. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 189: 1. Larghetto - Allegro non molto
2. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 189: 2. Largo
3. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 189: 3. Allegro molto
4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ('L'amoroso'), RV 271: 1. Allegro
5. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ('L'amoroso'), RV 271: 2. Cantabile
6. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ('L'amoroso'), RV 271: 3. Allegro
7. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C minor, Op. 11/5, RV 202: 1. Allegro non molto
8. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C minor, Op. 11/5, RV 202: 2. Largo
9. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C minor, Op. 11/5, RV 202: 3. Allegro non molto
10. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 183: 1. Allegro non molto
11. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 183: 2. Largo
12. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 183: 3. Allegro
13. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E minor ('Il favorito'), Op. 11/2, RV 277: 1. Allegro
14. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E minor ('Il favorito'), Op. 11/2, RV 277: 2. Andante
15. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E minor ('Il favorito'), Op. 11/2, RV 277: 3. Allegro
16. Concerto per la solennità di S Lorenzo, for violin, strings & continuo in F major (also attributed to J. G. Graun), RV 286: 1. Largo
17. Concerto per la solennità di S Lorenzo, for violin, strings & continuo in F major (also attributed to J. G. Graun), RV 286: 2. Largo
18. Concerto per la solennità di S Lorenzo, for violin, strings & continuo in F major (also attributed to J. G. Graun), RV 286: 3. Allegr

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0002I742W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By jsa on July 9, 2007
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What we've got here are six "reconstructed concertos" that come from a group of 12 that bear the same name as their famous counterparts, "La Cetra," but are completely different. Without going into the history of these pieces (the attractive and well informed harmonia mundi liner notes tell the story better than I can), let me just say that they existed in virtual obscurity until this recording. Let me also say that I wasn't quite prepared for the Vivaldi I heard here, but immediately loved it.

The music is most unusual as it presents a more complex picture of Vivaldi than we may be used to. There's an angularity and occasional turbulence here along with whimsey and sweetness that's completely beguiling. No doubt, some of the appeal can be attributed to the brilliant playing of The English Concert and their leader, Andrew Manze. There's a dash and elan to their treatments that others have written extensively about, and just when you think there may be a little TOO much dash, things quiet down and you realize that they've got the music figured out just right. Coming as I do from the I Musici school of Vivaldi, Andrew Manze's ultra-virtuoso attacks require listening with slightly different ears, but it didn't take long for him to win me over. His playing, while sometimes a little frenetic, is heartfelt and not just for display.

In short, this is bona-fide great music, beautifully recorded (all 79 minutes of it), that should be included in a desert island Vivaldi collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John K. Gayley on December 18, 2014
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This is an interesting concept album. Andrew Manze pulls together 6 of the concerti that Vivaldi presented in manuscript form in 1728 to Hapsburg Emperor Charles VI, under the title "La Cetra". The interest lies in the fact that these 6 concerti bear little resemblance to those published a year earlier in the set that is more commonly recognized as "La Cetra" (op. 9). (If nothing else, this suggests that the notion of `bootleg music' was in vogue long before Grateful Dead concerts.)

The differences between published "Cetra" and private "Cetra" were striking. Published concerti such as op. 9 had to appeal to genteel audiences wanting something that fit within accepted musical norms and that they could play themselves as musical amateurs. Generally I've found them quaintly boring.

In contrast, concerti Vivaldi wrote for private audiences and more accomplished musicians usually are varied, assertive, dramatic and colorful. The vast bulk of these lay hidden as unpublished or unedited manuscripts in libraries in Turin and Dresden.

In providing more "private" concerti, this CD is welcome, but with some caveats. It should be instructional for those whose sole knowledge of Vivaldi's output stops with the "Four Seasons", or for those who believe he was commissioned by some department store chain to write 400 concerti that sound exactly the same. These are not "the same", but instead display much more color, variety and 3-dimensionality than most of the Vivaldi recorded up until about 1990.

They also will appeal to followers of Andrew Manze, who has a distinctive style, which has won often rave reviews among critics. Manze's been a great, respected force in Baroque performances and musicology. I have his Handel Op.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HSIEH CHENG CHUNG on July 22, 2007
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Vivaldi are so popular that every classic music lover ever heared his music, I guess if we put four seasons to calculate, maybe expand more to other unclassic lovers. So I find recently there are gradually more and more players had been tried new methods to play Vivaldi, in order to offer listenners fresh feeling. Maybe this CD Manze also did it like that. However, the challeange is that it should not focus on new and technique only, but offer more essential facts on music.
Manze, and the English concert prevent any dull playing, but keep colorful change in their music. I must say manze give me again suprise except his violin playing, now includes his direction.
I guess, and will expect these groups later would release more and more excellent music, and it would put more vitality on classic music market.
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I like Andrew Manze’s almost symphonic approach at times very much.
It is so different than the (present) mainstream performance.

With this mainstream I mean the way Vivaldi is commonly played nowadays: energetic, loud and playful, but still pretty straightforward.
Yes I like it that way, but it no longer surprises me, like the first recordings by Il Giardino Armonico did.
And looking back they still have more to say to me than a Fabio Biondi did or the latest (excellent) recordings by Giuliano Carmignola.
Il Giardino Armonico dared to exaggerate with dynamics and tempi, sometimes in bad taste, where it almost became vulgar, but when it worked it was truly wonderful. And in retrospect they never went for speed competitions. Just listen to the presto of Summer (Four seasons), it is so well controlled and yet very exciting. Biondi and Carmignola both play it way faster and louder but still make less impact in my opinion.

Now back to Manze. He, like ll Giardino Armonico, dares to exaggerate in tempi (slower than what is mainstream nowadays) and dynamics (soft with subdued coloring), yes sometimes at the cost of a natural musical flow, but doing this there’s so much more variation in mood and atmosphere.
I love Carmignola, don’t get me wrong, and arguably he is the best Vivaldi performer at present day, definitely more varied and lyrical than a Fabio Biondi. He never sets a foot wrong, always in good taste and yes his recordings all are very lively, passionate and very well played. But this is how you’ve come to expect your Vivaldi to sound. Manze is different and preferable to me.

Having said all this, it all stands or falls by the quality of the music itself. And not every Vivaldi concerto is great.
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