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Music for Lute & Mandolin Import

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Editorial Reviews


1. Concerto In G Major, RV532: Allegro
2. Concerto In G Major, RV532: Andante
3. Concerto In G Major, RV532: Allegro
4. Trio In G Minor, RV85: Andante Molto
5. Trio In G Minor, RV85: Larghetto
6. Trio In G Minor, RV85: Allegro
7. Concerto In C Major, RV425: Allegro
8. Concerto In C Major, RV425: Largo
9. Concerto In C Major, RV425: Allegro
10. Concerto In D Major, RV93: (Allegro)
11. Concerto In D Major, RV93: Largo
12. Concerto In D Major, RV93: Allegro
13. Trio In C Major, RV82: Allegro non Molto
14. Trio In C Major, RV82: Larghetto
15. Trio In C Major, RV82: Allegro
16. Concerto In D minor, RV540: Allegro
17. Concerto In D minor, RV540: Largo
18. Concerto In D minor, RV540: Allegro

Product Details

  • Performer: Paul O'dette
  • Orchestra: The Parley of Instruments
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Composer: A. Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (November 11, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZI4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David J. Friedlander on March 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who has even the slightest contact with classical music has heard Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Given that introduction, one would naturally have expectations regarding how Vivaldi's other music will sound. Even a luminary such as Stravinsky groaned about the sameness of Vivaldi's compositional method, making a statement that intimated Vivaldi wrote the same concerto 500 times. Granted Vivaldi had his own style and I'll even concede that among Baroque composers, his music is among the most recognizable. If the purpose of this CD was only to disprove Stravinsky, then mission clearly accomplished on that score.

Actually Vivaldi is among the most prolific of well known composers. His immense body of surviving works include hundreds of concertos, dozens of chamber works, enough sacred music to fill nearly a dozen CDs, operas, cantatas and more. Not all his music survives, so we aren't even sure of the total range of his oeuvre. His concertos and smaller chamber works were written for a wide variety of instruments and he was a learned enough composer to write idiomatically and to the strengths of each one. He is most known for his concertos for violin and various combinations of the bowed string family. Yet he wrote a set of concertos for flute (Opus 10), and several excellent examples for multiple combinations including horns, woodwinds and the plucked family. So it is the plucked (and strummed) instruments that Vivaldi took on here.

When we say a composer writes 'idiomatically' for an instrument, it implies that he understands the sound, limitations of range and volume, and the qualities of tone that are unique to it. Even more crucial is if the composer actually knows how to play the instruments they write for.
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I truly love this disc and have for years -- actually, I should say for decades. The performance of the Two Mandolin Concerto is simply the best I've ever heard of that work, period. Vivaldi's music hops, skips and then flows effortlessly, as it should in the piece. The Concerto for Solo Mandolin is also wonderfully played, and I don't believe I've heard better elsewhere with respect to that composition as well. One other reviewer has complained about the recording of the Lute Concerto on this disc, preferring another performance with John Williams as soloist. And, if I am interpreting his or her remarks correctly, I perhaps see the point. If you are looking to hear that work principally as a composition for the soloist, then you might not care for the performance here, which is more in the vein of an ensemble piece with the lute as primus inter pares rather than the center of the whole show. To my ear, though, it sounds just fine here. Also along for the ride are one more concerto, this time for viola d'amore, lute, strings and continuo, plus a couple trios. They're performed to perfection as well. All in all, I regard this album as perfect in every way: The music, the performances and the sound are all exquisite. I wish I had more thumbs to point upward.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Lu on February 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
if you want to hear Concerto for Lute in D Major the way it should be played. As I can recall I sought out another version of the D major concerto as I was displeased with the superfluous instrumentation (authentic as it may be) on this disc--especially on the renowned RV 93 section. Williams plays this part cleanly and brightly, without cloying strings in the background.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rao on December 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a very nice album with perhaps lesser known pieces of Vivaldi. The music here is mostly Allegro (fast) and performed very well. The presence of the mandolin in the pieces makes it very pleasing.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill Boothby on June 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am unable to play this cd on my cd rom, but I can play it on my other cd player. The music is uplifting and wonderful. The joyful sounds of Vivaldi come right through. Two of the tunes are from the movie "A Little Romance" with a very young Diane Lane. The allegro movment of the 5 major concerto and of course the gorgous and sweet largo movement of the c major concerto.
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