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Violin Concertos [Import]

Antonio Vivaldi , Giovanni Antonini , Il Giardino Armonico , Viktoria Mullova Audio CD
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  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova
  • Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Onyx Classics UK
  • ASIN: B0009IFF08
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro
2. Recitativo: Grave
3. Allegro
4. Allegro
5. Largo-Larghetto-Largo
6. Allegro
7. Allegro
8. Largo Ma Non Molto
9. Allegro
10. Allegro Molto
11. Largo
12. Allegro
13. Allegro
14. Andante
15. Allegro

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Five BAROQUE Stars!! Spectacular performances!! Award-winning super violin virtuoso Viktoria Mullova once again demonstrates she can string her 1723 Jules Falk Stradivarius with gut strings tuned to A415, and wield a baroque period bow with the very best of today's classical artists. In interpreting the violin concertos of Antonio Vivaldi with Grammy winning baroque ensemble Il Giardino Armonico under the leadership of Giovanni Antonini, she has produced a CD that is a pure treasure trove of some superb violin works of the "Red Priest", which bear his immediately recognizable rhythmic, harmonic, and compositional stamps. If you loved her definitive exposition of the Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) with Claudio Abbado and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and her excellent Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos and the Bach:Sonatas all using the 'baroque setup' and technique with differing violins, this Vivaldi period piece is just as wonderful.

The 'pieces de resistance' begin with the Concerto in D Major "Grosso Mogul" RV 208: the first and third Allegro movements have some astounding bow work by Ms Mullova in soliloquies that are just scintillating, as Vivaldi, a virtuoso violinist himself, intended. Ms Mullova's 'cantabile' execution of the Recitativo: Grave movement, proves once again that Mullova is among the very best violinists on planet Earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivaldi: Violin Concertos July 29, 2008
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This is magnificent music by Viktoria Mullova, very well accompanied by Il Giardino Armonico. I don't think that there is a better recording of the Vivaldi concertos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly commnedable!!! October 2, 2013
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Excellent product and cd of the most finest violinist I've ever heard... I love Mullova's work and interpretations... Absolutely flawless!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Vivaldi August 24, 2013
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This is an excellent disc of five of Vivaldi's violin concertos, superbly played by both soloist and orchestra. There is a huge amount of Vivaldi around, some of it very good and some of it very dull, and this really stands out from the crowd.

Viktoria Mullova is simply brilliant here. She is a superb violinist and her wonderful technique allows her to make even Vivaldi's most virtuosic passages sound natural and unstrained. She also has the insight and musicality to bring the pieces to life so that they aren't just lots and lots of notes over a pleasing harmonic backing, but really sound as though they mean something. Her playing in the slow movements is exceptionally good and genuinely affecting in places; no pyrotechnics, of course, but fabulous control, tone and emotional depth.

Il Giardino Armonico also play superbly. They are flexible and supple, with a fine judgement of mood ranging from the delicately tender to real, rollicking vigour, and there is no hint anywhere of the unengaged, metronomic tum-ti-tum stuff which makes some recordings of Vivaldi so tedious.

I would recommend this very warmly, even to Vivaldi sceptics. Mullova and the ensemble really do produce something special here and it's a pleasure from start to finish.

(I would also warmly recommend Mullova's disc of Vivaldi double concertos with Giuliano Carmignola, which is another real gem. Vivaldi: Concertos for two Violins )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where has she been all my life? August 23, 2013
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Had heard a little about Viktoria Mullova and was curious. Found a performance she gave on the Berlin Philharmonic site. She played a piece by Stravinsky (not one of my favorites) and I was struck by how good she was. Looked on Amazon and found this Vivaldi set (one of my favorite composers) and went for it. Terrific concertos and truly amazing playing. I imagine these pieces she plays as exactly how Vivaldi (a violin virtuoso himself) would have wanted them played. Why she isn't better known in the states is a mystery.
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