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Vivaldi: Late Violin Concertos

Vivaldi: Late Violin Concertos

August 7, 2001

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 7, 2001
  • Release Date: August 7, 2001
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 1:13:43
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  • ASIN: B0013AZQ0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,361 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is a truly remarkable piece of music.
"mydeal"
If you don't own this cd, you should add it to your collection.
Andrew Judkins
If you think you like Vivaldi now, listen to this CD.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan J. Casey on September 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm distressed to hear this recording described as music that "doesn't sound baroque" as if it were a good thing. Why would you feel compelled to buy music you don't actually like? It seems obvious to me that you should listen to what you enjoy, rather than trying to force baroque music to sound like what you're used to. In fact, the existence of period instrument orchestras such as the Venice Baroque can be traced back to a reaction against the plodding, large orchestras of yesteryear. While they may not play at period pitch (slightly lower than today's concert "A"), this group performs with smaller numbers and the lighter textures afforded by gut strings and early bow design. What we get may not be "authentic," per se, but it is certainly a more favorable listening environment in which the music of Vivaldi can truly shine. Conductor Marcon plays harpsichord along with a second keyboardist. An archlute rounds out the continuo- but most people are probably here to hear Carmignola. It seems he's being groomed for the level of stardom that has overlooked historically-informed performers so far (probably the next biggest name in baroque violin, Andrew Manze, is still small beans compared to a Shaham or Mutter). I believe he will be well suited to it, as he commands great skill and passion on the instrument. While I avoided the first release of this group (I don't need a third recording of the four seasons, do I?) I was interested to hear them, and these "world premiere" recordings of obscure Vivaldi works. I'm pretty happy with it. Though they aren't as groundbreaking as Europa Galante or Il Giardino Armonico, the Venice Baroque are a fine ensemble, and Carmignola has a long career ahead of him, I'm sure.Read more ›
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Appetite wetted for this collection through clips played on beethoven.com, which made me want more.
This is truly a beautiful recording of Vivaldi concertos never recorded before, due to the business decision made in the composer's later years to not mass distribute his compositions.
Thus, these concertos burst forth in the new, more non-conventional style. Not in the style of the Four Seasons, these are glorious, non-symmetrical freedom. Musical instruments of the period are unlike any this reviewer has heard, they do sound as another reviewer remarked: "unbaroque." These strings sing and roar at times, sensitive and plucked at others.
Brilliance pours forth from this disc. Truly enjoyable!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this album on impulse, although Vivaldi is one of my favorite composers. Did I actually need more Vivaldi??? Well, I'm glad I had the impulse, because this album has continually given me hours of pleasure. The concertos are rich in sound, rather like Vivaldi had met Rachmaninoff -- gone are the bouncy and cheerful Baroque movements, but they are replaced by fluidity and romance, rather like Vivaldi had outgrown the Baroque and foreshadowed the Romantics. The orchestra is well-balanced, and there isn't too much of the harpsicord (which I can do without). All instruments blend well, including Carmignola's violin. The music is entertaining and well as calming -- it's quite an experience to hear Baroque not just played and presented well, but smoothed into gentle, subtle and evocative tones. The sound on this album is clear and clean -- no distracting noises that often ruin such fine performances. I highly recommend this album to anyone who likes Baroque and even to those who don't, because this is the least baroque Baroque you may find.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Judkins on October 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This cd, as well as Carmignola and the VBO's version of the four seasons (and 3 other perviously unrecorded late violin concertos) and their 2002 cd (mint green cd) of Vivaldi Late violin concertos are a must have for any fan of classical music or the violin.

The material here is first rate--these are concertos written late in Vivaldi's career for purposes that did not require the satisfaction of a mass audiance. Vivaldi was not after popularity in this style. The solo violin part is very difficult even by current standards, requiring not only pure virtuosity, but also a massive expressive palette. Carmignola and the Venice Baroque orchestra are the perfect preformers to bring this deep and inovative music to life. Carmignola has a huge expressive palette to draw on, and will impress you with the variety of coloring he can achive. He loves to juxtapose the smooth with the jagged, the husky with the sparkling. His expressive interpretations so match Vivaldi's intent in the music that it is almost as if Vivaldi has sprung to life, picked up his violin and started playing his favorite works. His upper range sparkles and sings, his lower range groans and growls. This is great violin playing by any standard; baroque, modern, academic, recreational, artistic, intellectual... Listen to the artiuclation and what Carmignola does with his bow. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is not far behind this standard. Their emoting covers the range Vivaldi requires--which is huge, and the violins shine. This is a very tight group with a transparent sound-- all the parts blend into a whole but are at any moment audible as their own entities. The continuo is entertaining and effective without being distracting. I espesially like the archlute playing with adds great touches.
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