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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 No. 1 RV 269, 'La primavera' from 'I quattroni stgaioni': I. Allegro 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 No. 1 RV 269, 'La primavera' from 'I quattroni stgaioni': II. Largo 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 No. 1 RV 269, 'La primavera' from 'I quattroni stgaioni': III. Allegro 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 8 No. 2 RV 315, 'L'estate', from 'I quattroni stagioni': I. Allegro non molto 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 8 No. 2 RV 315, 'L'estate', from 'I quattroni stagioni': II. Adagio 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 8 No. 2 RV 315, 'L'estate', from 'I quattroni stagioni': III. Presto 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Concerto No. 3 in F major Op. 8 No. 3 RV 293, 'L'autunno' from 'I quattro stagioni': I. Allegro 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Concerto No. 3 in F major Op. 8 No. 3 RV 293, 'L'autunno' from 'I quattro stagioni': II. Adagio-Presto 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Concerto No. 3 in F major Op. 8 No. 3 RV 293, 'L'autunno' from 'I quattro stagioni': III. Allegro 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Concerto No. 4 in F minor Op. 8 No. 4 RV 297, 'L'inverno' from 'I quattri stagioni': I. Allegro non molto 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Concerto No. 4 in F minor Op. 8 No. 4 RV 297, 'L'inverno' from 'I quattri stagioni': II. Largo 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Concerto No. 4 in F minor Op. 8 No. 4 RV 297, 'L'inverno' from 'I quattri stagioni': III. Allegro 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 8 No. 5 RV 253, 'La tempesta di mare' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): I. Presto 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 8 No. 5 RV 253, 'La tempesta di mare' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): II. Largo 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 8 No. 5 RV 253, 'La tempesta di mare' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): III. Presto 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Concerto No. 7 in D minor Op. 8 No. 7 RV 242 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): I. Allegro 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Concerto No. 7 in D minor Op. 8 No. 7 RV 242 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): II. Largo0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Concerto No. 7 in D minor Op. 8 No. 7 RV 242 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): III. Allegro 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Concerto No. 11 in D major Op. 8 No. 11 RV 210 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): I. Allegro 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Concerto No. 11 in D major Op. 8 No. 11 RV 210 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): II. Largo 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Concerto No. 11 in D major Op. 8 No. 11 RV 210 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): III. Allegro 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto No. 10 in B flat major Op. 8 No. 10 RV 362, 'La caccia' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): I. Allegro 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Concerto No. 10 in B flat major Op. 8 No. 10 RV 362, 'La caccia' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): II. Adagio 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Concerto No. 10 in B flat major Op. 8 No. 10 RV 362, 'La caccia' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): III. Allegro 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Concerto No. 9 in D minor Op. 8 No. 9 RV 236 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): I. Allegro 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Concerto No. 9 in D minor Op. 8 No. 9 RV 236 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): II. Adagio 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Concerto No. 9 in D minor Op. 8 No. 9 RV 236 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): III. Allegro 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Concerto No. 8 in G minor Op. 8 No. 8 RV 332 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): I. Allegro 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Concerto No. 8 in G minor Op. 8 No. 8 RV 332 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): II. Largo 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Concerto No. 8 in G minor Op. 8 No. 8 RV 332 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): III. Allegro 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Concerto No. 6 in C major Op. 8 No. 6 RV 180 (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8): I. Allegro 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Concerto No. 6 in C major Op. 8 No. 6 RV 180 (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8): II. Largo 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Concerto No. 6 in C major Op. 8 No. 6 RV 180 (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8): III. Allegro 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Concerto No. 12 in C major Op. 8 No. 12 RV 178 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): I. Allegro 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Concerto No. 12 in C major Op. 8 No. 12 RV 178 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): II. Largo 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Concerto No. 12 in C major Op. 8 No. 12 RV 178 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): III. Allegro 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Veritas
  • ASIN: B00005IA1S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Another Four Seasons, but this one shoots to the top of the list. Fabio Biondi's imaginative playing is full of spunk and vigor, delineating Vivaldi's scene-painting without overdoing it. His band matches him with rhythmic vitality; this is one Vivaldi set that holds your interest from start to finish.

In his program notes, Biondi explains the use of the "Manchester" manuscript of the Four Seasons, which was closer to the composer's intentions than editions published later, and he discusses the manuscript sources for the other works. The Four Seasons are the first four concertos of Vivaldi's Opus 8 set of a dozen, titled Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione (The Trial of Harmony and Invention). The others may not share the Seasons' popularity, but they're of comparable excellence, especially in performances as exciting as these. First-rate sound, close-up and immediate, underscores the vibrancy of the performances. Biondi's 1991 Four Seasons on Opus 111 is still in the catalog, but this one scores because Virgin includes the complete Opus 8 on two discs for the price of one. --Dan Davis

Customer Reviews

Viva Vivaldi, Viva Fabio Biondi, and Viva Europa Galante!
Mr. Torres the 'Cellist
By the way, the sound quality is through the roof, with striking clarity, presence and warmth.
wolfgang731
The musicians' involvement in the music and attention to detail is incredible.
J. Stimson

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
With so many recordings of the "Four Seasons" already available, do we need another one from Fabio Biondi and his Europa Galante, especially when they recorded these same concertos (using the same Manchester edition) a decade ago? Well, not really, but for everyone looking for a great Vivaldi bargain, this is it. Here you can have not only a vibrant and refreshing performance of the "Four Seasons," but excellent interpretations of the other eight concertos of "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'invenzione," all in two CDs that cost less than the only one of Biondi's previous version for Opus 111. Biondi here is even more expressive than in his earlier recording, with some extreme variations in tempos, some prolonged pauses, more dynamic contrasts. It's the kind of touch that has become the rule recently (Kremer, Carmignola) and can make a performance interesting in the beginning, but not invite repeated listening. Here, though, Biondi performs with a warmth that wasn't entirely present in the Opus 111 CD, with a bigger orchestral body (nine violins, including him, compared to six previously), and the result is satisfying for much more than the novelties. I've heard only partially the new Carmignola/Venice Baroque Orchestra version, which I suppose battles with this new one for the dollars of the buyers. I thought the Carmignola version was a little more excentric than I would like. Many people seem to love it. Anyway, I doubt any of its fans would dislike this new recording, and Biondi comes with much more music for the same price. Right now, it's the "Four Seasons" to go for.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By wolfgang731 on April 12, 2006
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Like most younger generation music enthusiasts, I'm sure, Vivaldi's Four Seasons played a very prominent role, in many cases serving as a portal through which many neophytes passed on their journey into the wonderful world of classical music. Even if attempted, how could one avoid it? These eternally ubiquitous concertos have seem to have been arranged for every instrument from harmonica and banjo to celesta and bass trombone and have served as the themes for countless films, including the Alan Alda picture of the same title. It's this same over exposure that would eventually turn my genuine fondness for these works into one of intense dislike. My disdain was so great that if I ever heard the concertos again it would be too soon. Enter the BBC and their weekly program "Building a Library" which featured Vivaldi's complete Op. 8, "Il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione" of which The Four Seasons are the first concerto. Normally I would just skip over a segment I didn't particularly care for, but I was interested in what the reviewer had to say about the other works, none of which, though popular, have ever quite achieved the status of the "Seasons." It was these works that held my attention throughout and I found the playing unbelievably intense and alive, with just the right amount of urgency to make the works sound fresh and exciting but never forced or rushed. That same afternoon, I purchased the CD and I couldn't believe what I heard. Even the "seasons" a work that I thought I could hum in my sleep, jumped off the CD and filled the room with amazing colors and a vivacity and relevance that was awe inspiring. Yes, it's incredibly fast where it needs to be, yet it's never done at the expense of the music.Read more ›
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew M. Klein on February 9, 2002
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We've all heard the Four Seasons a zillion times by numerous players. Well, buckle up: you've never heard anything like this! Biondi and his forces end any argument that anyone may have tried to mount favoring modern instruments over the originals. One simply cannot return to any modern instrument performance -- and probably not to any other performance by anyone, period -- after listening to this. If the Autumn segment doesn't give you bring tears of joy to your eyes and have you leaping out of your seat, shouting alocades, nothing will. See your doctor in that case. This is an absolute "must have" performance!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 12, 2007
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Over the years my preference in Vivaldi records has run to Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music but this recording of Il cimento dell'armonica e dell'inventionae (the combat between harmony and invention) is certainly the most energetic and inventive performance that I have heard. What makes this recording different is that Europa Galanta has gone back to the original manuscripts preserved in the libraries of Manchester, Turin and Dresden. The manuscripts reveal a freedom with the manuscript versions on the concerto that does not exist with the published versions. Fabio Biondi examined the manuscripts and where there was multiple versions would sometimes combine ideas from both for tempi but reject notions made by hands other than Vivaldi's. The performance practice that comes out of the manuscripts brings different dynamics and tempi to the performance.

Antonio Vivaldi's opus 8 collection of concerti was meant to astonish with their brilliance of invention, experimenting with instrumental combinations and pushing the orchestral colors to their limits. Arguably, the prominent first four concertos - The Four Seasons - took the idea of invention and colorful description to new heights. However, the popularity of the first four concertos (The Four Seasons) of Vivaldi's opus 8 has come at the expense of relegating the remaining concerti of the collection to obscurity. There is no evidence that Vivaldi arranged the concertos in order of most superior to least and they are recorded here, except for the Four Seasons, out of their numbered order. The fifth concerto, la tempesta de mare, is an exuberant and tuneful concerto with alternate dramatic and calm that seems to depict the fury of a storm.
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