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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Analekta
  • ASIN: B000VPMBAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By danbcarson on January 4, 2012
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I give this disc 5 stars for performance. Listen to the presto from the well-known Concerto No. 6 in A Minor for Solo Violin. Tafelmusik truly takes this movement "presto". But it never sounds rushed or frantic; only supremely energetic and very well executed. My only qualm is that they only include concertos nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, and 12 from the total twelve! Just be aware of what you are paying for. Great, great playing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hannibal on June 22, 2012
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As one who grew up with Neville Marriner's classic performances of the complete set of the "L'Estro Armonico" concerti, I could scarcely believe my ears in listening to this recording. - I found it electrifying and thrilling beyond belief.

What performances! What playing! One now feels that Marriner must have been nearly asleep, so dull are his readings. I urge all lovers of Vivaldi's music to listen to these magnificent interpretations, surely exciting the very canals of Venice with the brilliance of what Lamon, Wallfisch, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra have accomplished here.

Sadly, indeed incredibly, MANY CONCERTI ARE MISSING (not recorded) - a tragically stupid editorial decision on the part of the Canadians. Were the ones which were recorded not so superb, I would have to drop my rating considerably, but performances of this quality demand to be heard!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 9, 2013
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I was aware when I ordered this recording, that this set of Vivaldi's wonderful L'Estro Armonico was incomplete with four of the concertos, including my favourite 10th concerto, missing. In addition the remaining eight were in a strange order - 6, 1, 1, 3, 11, 5, 8 then 12. Nevertheless I consoled myself with the knowledge that I already had other complete sets and that this partial set was likely to be especially excellent, played as it was by Tafelmusik.

I had not realised that there was another disc, in effect a free bonus. This is a DVD documenting and recording the preparations and performance of a cross cultural version of 'Winter' from the Four Seasons. This incorporates four specialist musicians living in Toronto but experts in their own fields of Chinese, Indian and Inuit musical culture, into an arrangement of Vivaldi's original music and described as a mosaic. This very unlikely concept fills an hour's film of HD clarity and which proves to be totally absorbing and well worth the cost of the package alone. Pretty unforgettable and a worthwhile musical venture. So well done Jeanne Lamon and Tafelmusik for this very worthwhile cultural contribution.

Moving on to the real Vivaldi. All eight of the concertos played, for single, pairs and groups of four violin soloists are played with period aware style and with considerable energy and imagination. Even with other fine period performances available, these stand out in a crowd. Solo honours are shared between Elizabeth Wallfisch, the main soloist, and Jeanne Lamon, Patricia Ahern, Christopher Vernette, Julia Wedman Genevieve Giardeau and Thomas Georgi on violin plus Allen Whear and Christine Mahler on cello.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mo on October 2, 2013
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I was considering purchasing this album given the high reviews on it. However, after listening to sample MP3s of selections from the album (via itunes), I could heard that the pieces were not played in the actual key they were composed. For example, Concerto No 6 is played in D flat minor on the album, when it's originally written in A minor (hence in the movement title if you see the sheetmusic). If you notice, the individual titles of the movements just say "in a minor," so I guess they were using some creative liberties. Admittedly, hearing something that isn't traditionally played and/or wiritten key for any piece of music drives me nuts. Otherwise the performance and recording do sound lovely otherwise. Again, the knowing there's a key difference just urks me. So, if that kind of thing bothers you, you may want to consider a different rendition. I don't know if me not actually purchasing the product really qualifies me to write a review, but I felt that others should know, just in case.
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