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listen  1. Sopranino Recorder Concerto in C major , RV 443: I. (Allegro)Laszlo Kecskemeti 4:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Sopranino Recorder Concerto in C major , RV 443: III. Allegro moltoLaszlo Kecskemeti 2:53$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sopranino Recorder Concerto in A minor, RV 445: I. AllegroLaszlo Kecskemeti 4:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sopranino Recorder Concerto in A minor, RV 445: II. LarghettoLaszlo Kecskemeti 2:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sopranino Recorder Concerto in A minor, RV 445: III. (Allegro)Laszlo Kecskemeti 3:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sopranino Recorder Concerto in C major , RV 444: I. Allegro non moltoLaszlo Kecskemeti 4:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Sopranino Recorder Concerto in C major , RV 444: III. Allegro moltoLaszlo Kecskemeti 3:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Concerto for Treble Recorder in F major, RV 442: I. Allegro ma non moltoLaszlo Czidra 3:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Concerto for Treble Recorder in F major, RV 442: II. Largo e cantabileLaszlo Czidra 3:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Concerto for Treble Recorder in F major, RV 442: III. AllegroLaszlo Czidra 1:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Recorder Concerto in C minor, RV 441: I. Allegro non moltoLaszlo Kecskemeti 4:53$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Recorder Concerto in C minor, RV 441: II. LargoLaszlo Kecskemeti 2:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Recorder Concerto in C minor, RV 441: III. (Allegro)Laszlo Kecskemeti 3:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Chamber Concerto in D major, RV 95, "La pastorella" (arr. for recorder and orchestra): I. AllegroLaszlo Kecskemeti 4:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Chamber Concerto in D major, RV 95, "La pastorella" (arr. for recorder and orchestra): II. LargoLaszlo Kecskemeti 3:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Chamber Concerto in D major, RV 95, "La pastorella" (arr. for recorder and orchestra): III. AllegroLaszlo Kecskemeti 2:58$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Laszlo Keeskementl, Laszlo Czidra
  • Orchestra: Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006B1KE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This disc, well recorded in 2001, presents the complete six concertos that Vivaldi wrote for recorder.
I. Giles
All of these pieces are played with taste and expertise, and because of that and the skill with which Vivaldi composed them, this ends up being one of my favorite CDs.
Vlmastra
I went out and purchased a recorder after my teacher brought one in to demonstrate how the music of Shakespeare sounded.
James Hamilton

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Vlmastra on July 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The concertos on here are all beautifully, flawlessly played. The first three for sopranino recorder, the highest member of the recorder family in common use, and are full of exuberance and joyfulness in the outer fast movements, but are contrasted with more introspective central slow movements. The first concerto in C is especially notable for its haunting, plaintive largo. The last three are all for the alto recorder, with the last paired with bassoon. While the sopranino concertos were probably composed as novelties like the popular mandolin concertos, the alto recorder is basically the standard recorder of the baroque period. The fourth concerto in F is very delicate and relaxed in the first movement, which is followed by another beautiful, sad Largo E Cantabile. The fifth concerto, in C minor, is a popular one that appears on several other recordings, but this is my favorite rendition. The sixth is the odd one out, but among the most delightful, being one of Vivaldi's chamber concertos. The 'chamber concerto' designation means that, rather than being scored for string orchestra and soloist(s), it is scored for one instrument to a part. Here, the instruments are recorder, violin, oboe, bassoon, and continuo (cello and harpsichord), where the recorder and bassoon are the soloists. This pair ends up being a choice combination, and one which Vivaldi was to use in other concertos. The first movement is in ritornello form, the second is a pastoral aria, and the third a fugue (a form which Vivaldi seems to have used sparingly).

All of these pieces are played with taste and expertise, and because of that and the skill with which Vivaldi composed them, this ends up being one of my favorite CDs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Szmutko VINE VOICE on December 29, 2008
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The Recorder, for those not familiar with the instrument, is a member of the woodwind family. There are a number of different types of recorders, from the high pitched sopranino to the soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders. It is relatively easy to play, and can be played casually either individually, or in groups. Because of its relative ease of use and understanding, it is considered a child's instrument. Its popularity reached its peak in medieval times until more sophisticated orchestral woodwinds displaced its use from the 18th century onward. Its wholesome sweet natural sound evokes pastoral imagery and the simplicity of earlier times. Yet, in the hands of a professional, it is an instrument of great complexity, versatility and pristine beauty. Many devotees describe its sound as "woodsy" and "warm." Its charms were greatly appreciated by classical composers, many of whom wrote specific works specifically featuring the instrument. As someone who plays both the soprano and alto recorder (purely on an amateur level), I have come to appreciate the beauty of its sound.

VIVALDI: COMPLETE RECORDER CONCERTOS, is part of Naxos' "The Vivaldi Collection" offers 18 tracks of exceptional music. The selections reveal the joy of Vivaldi's great works as well as the versatility of genuine artists in impeccable performances. The Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia plays beautifully, offering a distinctive and engaging sound.

Other reviewers on this page have far more technical expertise than I would dare claim (and their insight proved invaluable prior to purchase), so I will only speak to the impression that the music made to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Oconnor on August 13, 2008
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Recorder today is all too often considered a child's toy instrument. There was a time, however, when recorders were the main wind instruments in music. Prior to the Baroque flute (the first transverse flute, and basically a transverse recorder), recorder was it. I, for one, am glad to see recorder being played as a serious instrument again. Personally, I love the sopranino recorder concertos. Yes, the sopranino is a tiny and very high pitched instrument, similar to today's piccolo, but the sound of a sopranino recorder is so much more "woodsy" than today's piccolo. The only recording I've ever heard of these sopranino concertos that was any better is the Bernard Krainis recording for the Musical Heritage Society, and they are no longer available. This is an excellent CD, with extremely high musicianship. I highly recommend it
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on May 31, 2005
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The recorder is a very misunderstood instrument. Many people see it as an instrument for small children and this could be no further from the truth. Vivaldi shows with his compositions for the recorder that it is very beautifull instrument in its own right and should not be dismissed based on olde ideas. I love this kind of music and it is very nice indeed to listen to and Vivaldi has cretaed some amazing recorder music that should be listened to people that love classical music and great music in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By judykiwi on January 29, 2012
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I purchased this CD so that I could listen to something jolly in the car, and it fulfils this need admirably. Perhaps not as manic as some of the versions of Vivaldi recorder music I have heard, but pretty fired up nonetheless. I challenge anyone to feel down when they listen to this.
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