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Vivaldi: Double Concertos

Antonio Vivaldi , Andrea Marcon , Venice Baroque Orchestra , Giuliano Carmignola , Viktoria Mullova Audio CD
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listen  1. Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in G major, R. 516 - 1. Allegro molto 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Concerto in D major for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV511 - 1. Allegro molto 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Concerto in D major for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV511 - 2. Largo 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV514 - 2. Adagio 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Concerto in B flat major for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV524 - 1. Allegro 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Concerto in B flat major for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV524 - 2. Andante 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Concerto in B flat major for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV524 - 3. Allegro 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Concerto in C minor for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV509 - 1. Allegro ma poco e cantabile 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Concerto in C minor for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV509 - 2. Andante molto 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Performer: Giuliano Carmignola, Viktoria Mullova
  • Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (November 11, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B0019RQTUS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Giuliano Carmignola is "a prince among baroque violinists." -- Gramophone

Viktoria Mullova is "the most elegant, refined and sweetly expressive violinist on the planet." -- The Chicago Tribune

Product Description

Two of today's most charismatic, attractive and original violinists join forces for an album of Double Concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Viktoria Mullova, "the most elegant, refined and sweetly expressive violinist on the planet" (The Chicago Tribune), and Giuliano Carmignola, "a prince among baroque violinists" (Gramophone), team up with one of the greatest early music ensembles - the Venice Baroque Orchestra under Andrea Marcon. This highly commercial repertoire has been recorded before but never by a world-class pair such as Mullova and Carmignola. Thus the album is very likely to become a best-seller.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Double Violin Concerti January 15, 2009
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When Giuliano Carmignola jumped labels from Sony to Deutsche Grammophon it was a great day for Vivaldi and classical music in general. Although Carmignola's Sony era performances are nearly as good as his current playing, the engineering of the recordings dragged them down. Detsche Grammophon, on the other hand, puts you in the front row of a live performance with their engineering. This CD of works for two violins is Carmignola's best yet as far as sound quality goes.
Among his many inventions, Vivaldi developed a double concerto, which was basically an offshoot of his virtuosic take on the solo concerto form, rather than a streamlined version of the Corelli concerto grosso. These works present the same challenges and expressive possibilities of his solo concertos. Vivaldi is not interested in weaving complex textures in these works, but has rather simple and noble goals of keeping both violinists busy and sounding good. That might sound silly, but that is what Vivaldi values more than a lot of composers--sounding good, tickling the human ear with pleasures. For this reason Vivaldi uses lots of parallel 3rds which sparkle more than any interval in high register. This is also why there are so many canon passages. The double concerto format works out great for Vivaldi. These works are expressive, entertaining and virtuosic delights. However, it is a little harder to listen to many of these works in a row, as compared to solo concerti, because the texture is more limited. There are great conversations between soloists, but each soloist has to wait his turn, which slows the journey of the music and limits Vivaldi's spontaneity some. But they payoff in felicitous harmony, imitations and chasing canons is a worthwhile departure.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Currently, there are two excellent 5* reviews of this recording and a 3* recording which is hard to understand - I'm not going to repeat the superlative comments made already by the two reviewers who seem to really appreciative the performances of these two phenomenal experienced period Baroque violinists. But, just for another excellent review, check out the comments on MusicWeb International:

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Not sure that I like the new 'spiky doo' on Mullova (compared to some older recordings of her that I own), but hey I'm just listening! If you're a Vivaldi fan, this disc should be at least heard if not purchased.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Vivaldi March 6, 2013
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This is an excellent Vivaldi disc. Two superb violinists and a fine ensemble produce something which really stands out among the huge number of Vivaldi recordings available.

If Viktoria Mullova has ever made a less-than-excellent disc I have yet to hear it. Giuliano Carmignola and Andrea Marcon are less consistent, but here they are on top form and the result is terrific. The two soloists are plainly having a whale of a time in the quicker movements; their enjoyment is palpable but their virtuosity is always put to the service of Vivaldi rather than as a showcase for their egos. The precision of some of the fast duets is quite remarkable, and they bring genuine feeling to the slower movements.

Marcon and the VBO are equally good – flexible and supple, they give an ideal framework for the soloists and play some very fine tuttis in their own right. It is a pleasure to hear Vivaldi played as though it really means something, excellently captured by the recording. This disc shows what a very fine composer Vivaldi was, as well as being a pleasure to listen to.

I have to say that an entire CD of Vivaldi violin concerti begins to pall for me, however well they are performed, but listened to one or two at a time these pieces are an absolute delight. It's a terrific disc, very warmly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a delicious match June 25, 2010
By Dale
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I recently acquired this recording. Each time I listen to it I enjoy it more. It is not possible to fully appreciate it in one sitting. I have quite a few Vivaldi recordings but this one is quickly moving nearer to the top of my favorites. Carmignola and Mullova complement each other very well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars imagine a world... December 12, 2011
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...in which "The Four Seasons" hadn't yet been discovered, and instead the musical public knew Vivaldi based on concertos such as these. He (and we) would occupy a different point on the time/space continuum.

Yeah, yeah yeah, and the Chicago Cubs would win the world series. Vladmir Putin would embrace democracy. I must be over-caffeinated, but a guy can dream, right?

BOTTOM LINE: I've hoarded Vivaldi recordings for going on 30 years now. This music isn't the "Red Priest" I grew up with. This recording just takes my breath away.

Seriously, I can't say anything more eloquent about this CD that hasn't already been said. All hats off to Carmignola, without whom...etc.

The world of Vivaldi has been turned on its head over the past decade. To catch up with this movement, (and exorcise the dreaded elevator-music shade of Vivaldi of the 1960s), try:

1.) the other fine recordings of Giuliano Carmignola who has been at the cutting edge.
2.) Dip into the efforts of various groups involved in the current Vivaldi Edition underway on the Naive Label
3.) Don't forget Rachel Podger who miraculously breathed new life into La Stravaganza (op 4.); and
4.) Lastly, Musicologist and violinist Fabio Biondi's recordings with Europa Galante cleaned all the grit out of the well-worn grooves of Ops. 3 - 12, and showed up most other authentic instrument bands in the process

...all recommended
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1.0 out of 5 stars Item lost?
Because many of my orders didn't arrive yet (including this) I'm still waiting for them. A few mounth have passed since I've ordered them. Maybe the local postal service is late. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sebastián
5.0 out of 5 stars MULLOVA, CARMIGNOLA & THE VBO PERFORM SPECTACULAR VIVALDI CONCERTOS
Five BAROQUE Stars! Totally agree with the other laudatory reviewers. These are awe-inspiring performances of six of Antonio Vivaldi's "Concertos for Two Violins, Strings, and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by RBSProds
5.0 out of 5 stars execelent
it was such a lovely c d , the music was absolutely beautiful . i gave it to my nephew who plays the violin .
Published 14 months ago by jamie dear
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Standard for Baroque
Every time I listen to this CD, I say this is my new standard for musical quality and production quality
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Four Seasons
This set of concertos, along with the concertos for single violin (e.g. Archive 4776055) and the concertos for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (e.g. Read more
Published on December 7, 2011 by Douglas Thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivaldi:concertos for two violins
Absolutely wonderful. I can't help but play it every day on the way to work!!! I love this recording! fast send.
Published on October 9, 2011 by marsha sands
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure beauty
This prestigious recording is one of the highlights of the year, so far. It should be capable of attracting our children to classical music. Read more
Published on March 24, 2009 by A. Vermast
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate
If there is a better version of these beautiful pieces out there, I have not heard it. A wonderfully up-lifting piece of music.
Published on March 11, 2009 by R.Belville
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent selection
Very good selections of later Vivaldi pieces. Well played by the artists. This won't be in many collections so makes a very good buy
Published on February 1, 2009 by F. bradley
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