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Vivaldi - Best Loved Adagios

Antonio Vivaldi , Fabio Biondi , Jean-Christophe Spinosi , Europa Galante , Ensemble Matheus , Il Seminario musicale , David Daniels , Philippe Jaroussky , Vivica Genaux , Gerard Lesne Audio CD

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listen  1. Andromeda liberata: Sovente il sole (Perseo)Philippe Jaroussky/Ensemble Matheus /Jean-Christophe Spinosi 9:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Concerto in G minor for Flute and Strings Op. 10 No.2 RV439, 'La notte': V. Largo (Il sonno)Janet See/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stabat Mater: Stabat Mater dolorosaDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto in A major for violin e altro violino per eco in lontano RV552: II. LarghettoFabio Biondi/Lorenzo Colitto/Europa Galante 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Laudate, pueri Dominum, psalm 112 for soprano, 2 violins, viola & bass RV 600: Sit nomen Domini [largo]Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Patrizia Ciofi 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Concerto in G minor per 2 violincelli ed orchestra RV531: II. LargoMaurizio Naddeo/Antonio Fantinuoli/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Concerto in B flat major for violin, oboe, salmoe & 3 viole all'inglese ed orchestra RV579, 'Funebre': II. Allegro poco pocoEuropa Galante/Fabio Biondi 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Concerto in B flat major for violin, oboe, salmoe & 3 viole all'inglese ed orchestra RV579, 'Funebre': III. AdagioEuropa Galante/Fabio Biondi0:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nisi Dominus: Psalm 126 [127] for contralto and strings RV 608: Cum dederit dilectisDavid Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Concerto in C major per mandolino er archi RV425: II. LargoGiovanni Scaramuzzino/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Salve Regina in G minor RV618Gérard Lesne/Il Seminario Musicale/Fabio Biondi13:39Album Only
listen12. The Four Seasons (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione' Op. 8), Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera) RV269 (Op. 8 No. 1): II. Largo e pianissimo sempreLondon Chamber Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Gloria in D major, RV 589: Et in terra paxEmily Van Evera/Margaret Cable/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Four Seasons (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione' Op. 8), Concerto No. 2 in G minor (L'estate) RV315 (Op. 8 No. 2): II. AdagioLondon Chamber Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Four Seasons (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione' Op. 8), Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno) RV293 (Op. 8 No. 3): II. AdagioLondon Chamber Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Il Giustino RV717, ACT 1: Aria: Vedrň con mio dilettoMarina Comparato/Dominique Labelle/Francesca Provvisionato/Geraldine McGreevy/Leonardo De Lisi/Laura Cherici/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 5:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Four Seasons (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione' Op. 8), Concerto No. 4 in F minor (L'inverno) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4): II. LargoLondon Chamber Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Bajazet, Act 2, Scene 7: Aira: Sposa, son disprezzata (Irene)Ildebrando D'Arcangelo /Patrizia Ciofi/David Daniels/Elina Garanca/Vivica Genaux/Marijana Mijanovic/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi 6:26$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Antonio Vivaldi was born on 4 March 1678 in Venice. There is only a plaque on the church wall to recall that the future composer of The Four Seasons was baptized there two months later. He had in fact already been given an informal baptism at birth, apparently because of already frail health - according to the birth certificate he was "in danger of dying".

Through his fragile nature Antonio would seem to have been predestined for an easy-going kind of career: holy orders would seem to suit him perfectly, even if his religious vocation was more than doubtful. Having climbed through the ranks towards the priesthood, he was finally ordained on 23 March 1703.

The son of a musician, Antonio was classified as one of the best violinists in the Republic of Venice, along with his father, in a Venetian annual publication for a foreign readership published in 1706. It was as a violinist that he made his name, but his instrumental work encompasses all the forms widely cultivated by the composers of the baroque era. Stravinsky's well-known, and rather regrettable, jibe that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto six hundred times only makes one more aware of the astonishing mastery with which he succeeded, in his thoroughly Italian concertos, in adapting his writing to the capabilities of the various instruments for which he wrote. His adagios in particular show him as the perfect example of the art of conversation in music, and even if one comes to expect a certain sameness in the exchanges between soloists and orchestra, his management of the sound palette still strikes one as most ingenious. In numerous adagios and largos in his concertos we find a melancholy and a sadness that are perhaps unexpected from the pen of Vivaldi, and among the finest examples are the tone-paintings in The Four Seasons. Vivaldi was also a composer of religious music and of operas, reflecting the dichotomy in his character, drawn both to the prayer-book and the stage. His sincerity often touchingly shines through the evident frenzy in which he wrote, and he imbues his secular or operatic solos with real emotional power and dramatic intensity: one has only to listen to the gravity of the Stabat Mater, or the gently ornamented melody of the verse "Sit nomen" in the motet Nisi Dominus. In May 1740 Vivaldi left Venice for good and settled in Vienna, apparently in the hope of obtaining a post with the Emperor Charles VI, who had earlier shown him real kindness. Sadly, on 20 October in the same year, the Emperor passed away, poisoned by mushrooms: Vivaldi lost his final protector, and he himself died in penury in Vienna less than a year later, during the summer of 1741.

Other available releases in this series include: Beethoven - Best Loved Sonatas, Chopin - Best Loved Piano, Liszt - Reve d'Amour and Mozart - Best Loved Adagios

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