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The Vivaldi Album - Blu-ray Audio


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Blu-ray Audio, September 27, 2013
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One of the most famous, accessible, and beloved pieces of seasonal classical music, Antonio Vivaldi's Baroque masterpiece 'The Four Seasons' is given a thoughtful performance here by David Juritz and the London Mozart Players. Also presented are Vivaldi's 'Concertos for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.' This recording of Vivaldi Four Seasons was made utilizing 24bit 96 kHz technology. The sound stage is spread over the front three channels, whilst the rear channels contain the natural ambience of the Church of St Silas the Martur, Chalk Farm, to give the listener a realistic representation of the acoustic in witch performance took place. Concertos for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary written for two independent orchestras, these were recorded with the soloist, David Juritz, standing in the middle of the two groups. This seemed an ideal opportunity to position the orchestras accordingly in surround sound, so for both concertos, orchestra one is positioned in the front channels and orchestra two in the rear.

The Accademia Bizantina, founded in 1983 in Ravenna, is today accredited, by the most qualified critics, as one of the best ensembles operating in the interpretation of the Italian musical production through the 17th and 18th century. Its repertoire particularly stands out for its rigorous style, the colourful interpretation and the skilful technique on original instruments. L'estro Armonico op. 3 (Harmonic Inspiration& in Italian) is a collection of twelve concertos for 1, 2 and 4 violins written by Antonio Vivaldi in 1711. It largely augmented the reputation of Vivaldi as Il Prete Rosso; (The Red Priest).These wonderful and unique Baroque concertos feature magnificent violin parts with string orchestra. A masterpiece in Vivaldi's Suvre and a great learning tool, as each of the four violin solo parts is of varying difficulty.

Disc 1.

Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings, & continuo Il cimento Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4, Concerto in E major, Op. 8/1, RV 269 Spring 9:30 .
Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings, & continuo (Il cimento Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4, Concerto in G minor, Op. 8/2, RV 315 Summer 10:10 .
Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings, & continuo (Il cimento; Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4, Concerto in F major, Op. 8/3, RV 293 Autumn 10:21 .
Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings, & continuo (Il cimento& Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4, Concerto in F minor, Op. 8/4, RV 297 Winter 8:00 .
Antonio Vivaldi Double Orchestra Concerto Per la SS Assontione di Maria Vergine, for violin, 2 string orchestras & continuo in D major, RV 582 11:52.
Antonio Vivaldi Double Orchestra Concerto Per la SS Assontione di Maria Vergine, for violin, 2 string orchestras & continuo in C major, RV 581 12:14

Disc 2.

Concerto for 4 violins, strings & continuo in D major (L'estro armonico No. 1), Op. 3/1, RV 549
Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in G minor (L'estro armonico No. 2), Op. 3/2, RV 578
Concerto for 4 violins, strings & continuo in E minor (L'estro armonico No. 4), Op. 3/4, RV 550
Concerto for 4 violins, cello, strings & continuo in F major (L'estro armonico No. 7) Op. 3/7, RV 567
Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A minor (L'estro armonico No. 8), Op. 3/8, RV 522
Concerto for 4 violins, cello, strings & continuo in B minor (L'estro armonico No. 10) Op. 3/10, RV 580
Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor (L'estro armonico& No. 11), Op. 3/11, RV 565
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major (L'estro armonico No. 12), Op. 3/12, RV 265

Review

This music-only Blu-ray disc delivers 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio if and when connections are made with 1.3 and/or 1.4 HDMI cables. If connected with optical cables it will only deliver 5.1 or 6.1 standard DTS quality sound. For the purpose of this review I only used high-speed 1.3 cables connecting the Blu-ray player and the 7.2 AV receiver. I should mention that the present receiver is one of Onkyo s new generation of THX-certified products built around high quality Burr-Brown DACs. The DTS-HD MA encoding of this recording as connected with 1.3 HDMI cables produces a variable bit rate (VBR), bit-for-bit (lossless) stream that includes 7.1 channels with sample rates of 96 kHz. Just as well the DTS-HD MA-encoded files also contain a backward-compatible DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (and 6.1) core with a bit rate of 1509 kbps. However, this review concerns itself only with 7.1 DTS-HD MA channels reproduction. The unique acoustic reality experience that his recording affords to my ears as to the musical phrasing and playing of these two very complex scorings, the orchestral presence, instrumental sections separation, high and low dynamics and instrumental solos are far superior to anything I have heard on so-called true surround recordings. We are placed at the same location that the conductor assumes in the podium, we are not part of the audience - we hear what the conductor hears. Orchestral sound is very close and all around, especially the sound coming out of the two side-surround speakers. In my mind the use of these side speakers totally redefines surround sound; this is a new experience and something to behold. --Audiophile Audition Review

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