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Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.26 Gb | Total time: 11h 17' 57'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 63264-2 | Recorded: 1991-2000

For fans of Il Giardino Armonico's flamboyant flourishes and exuberant expressiveness, it's like having all your birthdays at once, being presented with this great Warner Classics 11 CD set. My own feeling is that this "free" approach to Baroque music is at its best when applied to the theatrical music of disc 8 or the seventeenth century Italian music on disc 1. The showmanship and playfulness is an absolute joy in many of those pieces. I'm less satisfied with the interpretations of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, (on discs 10 and 11), which require a different approach, I feel. I like my Bach to be a little more measured and subtle, I suppose. It has no need of the Il Giardino Armonico treatment. On the whole, though, I do love this set and wouldn't be without it.

I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos: Torelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Manfredini, Tartini, Locatelli, Corelli (1993) [Re-Up]

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I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos: Torelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Manfredini, Tartini, Locatelli, Corelli (1993) [Re-Up]

I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos (1993) Reissue 2005
Giuseppe Torelli - Antonio Vivaldi - Georg Friedrich Händel - Francesco Manfredini
Giuseppe Tartini - Pietro Antonio Locatelli - Arcangelo Corelli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Denon | # COCO-70776 | Time: 00:52:34

The Italian ensemble I Virtuosi di Roma's long tradition of performing classics of the Italian Baroque pioneered in many ways the contemporary revival of early music. When its founder, Renato Fazzano, passed away the group disbanded, but a regrouping of sorts took place in the early 80s with eight members of the original group. The new ensemble, which calls itself I Solisti Italiani, has continued the Fazzano legacy, emphasizing line and grace in presenting particularly the works of Vivaldi.

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Per la Notte di Natale: Italian Christmas Concertos (2020)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Per la Notte di Natale: Italian Christmas Concertos (2020)

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Per la Notte di Natale: Italian Christmas Concertos (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 252 Mb | Total time: 48:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.574264 | Recorded: 2020

Christmas celebrations are thought to go all the way back to the formidable feasting of the Vikings at midwinter, when in true Nordic fashion yuletide was toasted in. The celebration of the birth in Bethlehem is more subdued and spiritual, but it is of a far more recent date. We do not know if the Vikings celebrated yuletide with music, but music at Christmas has been a popular tradition since the Middle Ages. Today, practically all peoples around the world celebrate midwinter with special religious and cultural rituals; the precise times vary, but gifts, decorations, festivities, candles, bells and special Christmas music are apparently always part of this. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Christmas was the busiest time of the year for church composers.

Ludger Remy, Les Amis de Philippe - Francesco Manfredini: 12 Concerti Op. 3 (2000)

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Ludger Remy, Les Amis de Philippe - Francesco Manfredini: 12 Concerti Op. 3  (2000)

Ludger Rémy, Les Amis de Philippe - Francesco Manfredini: 12 Concerti Op. 3 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 437 Mb | Total time: 78:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 638-2 | Recorded: 1998

Francesco Manfredini was born in the austerely beautiful Tuscan town of Pistoia in 1684, a year before Bach, Handel and Scarlatti; he died as maestro di capella there in 1762. In the interim, he studied at Bologna with Torelli and later worked in Ferrara. He published relatively few sets of sonatas and concertos, and six oratorios, composed between 1719 and 1728, remain in manuscript. His 12 Concertos, Op. 3, were published in Bologna, a great musical centre in those days, in 1718, and were preceded by 12 Concertini, Op. 1, and 12 Sinfonie da chiesa, Op. 2. The Op. 3 Concertos are lively works, though less brilliant than Vivaldi’s similar pieces and lacking the nobility of Corelli’s sonatas and concertos. The final concerto of Op. 3 contains a ‘Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale’ which is Manfredini’s best-known work. These are fine, stylistically excellent performances with a dozen strings and small continuo group, Ludger Rémy directing from the harpsichord, and very well recorded by Radio Bremen.
– Robbins Landon

Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - St. Petersburg (2014)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - St. Petersburg (2014)

Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - St. Petersburg (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 452 Mb | Total time: 77:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 6767 | Recorded: 2014

For the later part of her career, Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli has apparently settled on a campaign of major conceptual releases covering all-but-unknown repertory, and St. Petersburg fits right in. It's a collection of arias from operas written in the second half of the 18th century for the Russian imperial court, which had imported the best Italian and German composers money could buy. The names of all but Mozart's contemporary Domenico Cimarosa are unknown today. Most of the arias are in Italian, but a couple are in Russian, and to untutored ears Bartoli brings her trademark passion to them. This is the kind of release where one can quibble with any number of details. Bartoli sounds thick in some places, strained in others. The material is a bit uneven, with especially the last two pieces creating a bit of a letdown, although much of it does indeed live up to major-forgotten-works billing.