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Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008) [Re-Up]

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Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008) [Re-Up]

Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008)
with Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; John Constable, harpsichord

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697 35705 2 | Time: 00:53:58

When the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields began to popularize Vivaldi's music in the 1970s, it was on the cutting edge with its light, warm chamber orchestra sound, burnished to technical perfection yet sounding completely different from its symphonic cousins. Now, a recording like this one, with star violinist Joshua Bell, sounds conservative in comparison with young bucks like Fabio Biondi on the historical-performance side or even the young Dutch firebrand Janine Jansen. This big-budget (by classical standards) release is the kind of thing you don't see so often now, with a big poster showing Bell carefully decked out in a partially undone tie, as well as individual full-color cards reproducing, in Italian and English, the descriptive seasonal sonnets that provide the program for the four concertos. It could have collapsed under its own weight, but Bell pulls it off. Conducting the Academy strings himself, he forges tight, not-overly-sweet recordings of Vivaldi's four familiar concertos, with a nice contrast between orchestra and solo that showcases his easy, compelling agility and his Heifetz-like sharpness and brilliance.

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: L'incoronazione di Dario (2014)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: L'incoronazione di Dario (2014)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: L'incoronazione di Dario (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 769 Mb | Total time: 64:34+68:57+43:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30553 | Recorded: 2013

'L’incoronazione di Dario' must be considered one of Vivaldi’s most successful operas. Immediately opening with exceptional arias, it moves at a rapid pace, holding the listener’s attention throughout. Recitatives are interspersed with arioso interludes and there no less than eight 'big' numbers sure to join the ranks of 'Vivaldi’s best opera arias'. The excellent cast acts out this drama with conviction: Anders Dahlin’s sings Dario, with impeccable intonation and stunning coloratura passages; Sara Mingardo, as Statira, brings great depth and beauty, most especially in her Act 2 solo Cantata accompanied only by viola da gamba.

La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

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La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)
La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler, violin & direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Avie Records | # AV2371 | Time: 01:16:22

The English, historical-instrument, Baroque ensemble La Serenissima (the term was a nickname for the city of Venice) has specialized in somewhat scholarly recordings that nevertheless retain considerable general appeal, and the group does it again with this release. The program offers some lesser-known composers, and some lesser-known pieces by famous composers like the tiny and fascinating Concerto alla rustica for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and continuo, RV 151. What ties the program together formally is that it covers a range of Italian cities that were becoming cultural centers as they declined in political power: not only Venice (Vivaldi, Albinoni, Caldara), but also Padua (Tartini), Bologna (Torelli), and Rome (Corelli). There are several works by composers known only for one or two big hits, and these are especially rewarding. Sample the opening movement of Tartini's Violin Concerto E major, DS 51, with its unusual phrase construction and daringly chromatic cadenza passage: it has the exotic quality for which Tartini became famous, but it does not rely on sheer virtuosity. That work is played by leader Adrian Chandler himself, but he also chooses pieces for a large variety of other solo instruments: the Italian Baroque was about more than the violin. Each work on the album has something to recommend it, and collectively the performances may make up the best album of 2017 whose booklet includes footnotes.

Bruno Cocset, Les Basses Réunies - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti (2013)

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Bruno Cocset, Les Basses Réunies - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti (2013)

Bruno Cocset, Les Basses Réunies - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 401 Mb | Total time: 68:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Agogique | # AGO016 | Recorded: 2010

It may be a little surprising, or disconcerting, but it is not the demonstrative, furioso Vivaldi, the Vivaldi full of striking contrasts, that you will find here. The ardour, the spirit, of his music is there of course, but our aim is rather to bring out the more intimate, more complex side of his work, its many timbres, colours, textures and emotions all the variety that is to be found in the music of this extraordinary composer, loved by some exponents of early music and shunned by others. Les Basses Runies have chosen to use many different instruments and timbres for these pieces, and to transcribe and transpose some of them, the aims being to present little-known works, show well-known ones in a new light, and to highlight the rich palette of sound and the many possible timbral combinations afforded by the instruments of Les Basses Runies, thus expressively and movingly revealing the composer s very soul.

Christophe Coin, L'Onda Armonica - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per Violoncello III (2019)

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Christophe Coin, L'Onda Armonica - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per Violoncello III (2019)

Christophe Coin, L'Onda Armonica - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per Violoncello III (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 74:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30574 | Recorded: 2018

Cellist Christophe Coin has embarked on a project to record all of Vivaldi’s cello concertos. With this third instalment (the sixty-first volume of the naïve label’s complete Vivaldi Edition) he now has twenty cello concertos under his belt. Christophe Coin has become a noted authority in the work of the brilliant, tirelessly prolific Venetian composer, performing it with a host of different ensembles, such as L’Onda Armonica, the ensemble founded by Sergio Azzolini. As with the first two volumes he alternates between the cello and the violoncello piccolo, providing a palette of highly varied sound colours.

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Gloria: Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti (1993)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Gloria: Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti (1993)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Gloria: Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 60:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 437 834-2 | Recorded: 1992

This DG Archiv compilation, subtitled “Christmas in Rome” was recorded by English forces directed by Trevor Pinnock a quarter of a century ago in the resonant acoustic of the magnificent church of Santa Maria Maggiore and has worn very well. It comprises three festive works from contemporaneous, Italian baroque composers, although the Scarlatti item is certainly less familiar or celebrated than the other two. Nonetheless, it is worthy to stand alongside them, sweetly and elegantly sung by Nancy Argenta’s silvery (sic) soprano. The forces employed throughout are not large but the performers are robust and energetic, without being frantic, and the astringent original instruments are well tuned.

Elizabeth Wallfisch, Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico (2007)

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Elizabeth Wallfisch, Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico (2007)

Elizabeth Wallfisch, Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 353 Mb + 2,38 Gb (dvd bonus) | Total time: 63:30+54:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697190442 | Recorded: 2007

The performances are scintillating, dynamic, articulate, and vibrant, the virtuoso violin solos by Elizabeth Wallfisch occupying a playfully precarious edge between daring excitement and temporal excess–a stance joined in equal measure by her fellow soloists and her very fine orchestral partners. This is Vivaldi performance uninhibited by self-conscious stylistic gestures or distracting "period" mannerisms–it's just informed, virtuosic ensemble playing.

I Musici - Antonio Vivaldi: 'L'estro armonico' 12 concerti, Op. 3 (1984)

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I Musici - Antonio Vivaldi: 'L'estro armonico' 12 concerti, Op. 3 (1984)

I Musici - Antonio Vivaldi: 'L'estro armonico' 12 concerti, Op. 3 (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 552 Mb | Total time: 59:10+49:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 412 128-2 | Recorded: 1983

In the corpus of recordings made by I Musici on behalf of Phillips, it still counts the recording of Vivaldi's Op. No. 3 - L'Estro armonico. This is not the case to deepen the artistic element of the famous chamber music ensemble. Suffice it to say that despite the contributions of the executive philology, this traditional recording remains a landmark in the discography of Vivaldi, ever actual for the executive equilibrium, for the solo contributions and for its beauty in general.

Vittorio Negri, Kammerorchester Berlin - Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans RV 644 (2002)

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Vittorio Negri, Kammerorchester Berlin - Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans RV 644 (2002)

Vittorio Negri, Kammerorchester Berlin - Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans RV 644 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 724 Mb | Total time: 153:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Altaya | # 4411892-2 | Recorded: 1974

Vivaldi wrote Juditha Triumphans for the musically talented women of the Ospedale della Pieta, the Venetian orphanage with which he was associated on and off throughout most of his working life. The librettist, Giacomo Cassetti, described the work as a ''sacred military oratorio performed in times of war by the chorus of virgin singers, to be sung in the church of the Pieta''. The war was that into which Venice had entered against the Ottoman Empire and to which reference is made both in the body of the Latin text and in a ''Carmen Allegoricum'' which accompanied the text of the work's first performance.

Alfredo Bernardini, Zefiro - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per vari strumenti (2000)

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Alfredo Bernardini, Zefiro - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per vari strumenti (2000)

Alfredo Bernardini, Zefiro - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per vari strumenti (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 63:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrèe / Naïve | # E 8679 | Recorded: 1998

Vivaldi is a composer who frequently relies on formulae and simple structures as the foundation of his compositional technique. You have to use a little imagination and a bit of bravado to make his music work. Therefore–and fortunately–that's exactly what period instrument ensemble Zefiro does. It takes these concertos by the scruff of their necks and wrings out pleading phrases, brilliantly coloured sounds, moments of high drama and a whole load of fun from them. This is period instrument playing at its best–unapologetic, unafraid, ballsy even–and the soloists sound as if they are having a whale of a time.

Bernarda Fink, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Il Pianto di Maria - The Virgin's Lament (2009)

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Bernarda Fink, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Il Pianto di Maria - The Virgin's Lament (2009)

Bernarda Fink, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Il Pianto di Maria - The Virgin's Lament (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 269 Mb | Total time: 60:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1466 | Recorded: 2008

Rare recordings of two settings of Mary’s passionate Easter lament. For their second L’Oiseau Lyre disc, Il Giardino Armonico, again under their director Giovanni Antonini, are joined by celebrated mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, for a project exploring the Passion of Christ as seen through the eyes of the Virgin Mary. The two central works are both vocal settings of the Virgin’s lament.

Sergio Azzolini, L'Onda Armonica - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per fagotto V (2021)

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Sergio Azzolini, L'Onda Armonica - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per fagotto V (2021)

Sergio Azzolini, L'Onda Armonica - Vivaldi: Concerti per fagotto V (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 77:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30573 | Recorded: 2018

Only now are we fully aware of the true immensity of Vivaldis concerto repertoire. The violin is by no means the only instrument he favored: the place of the bassoon in his work catalogue is remarkable for its size and stylistic homogeneity, as well as for his solistic treatment of an instrument previously confined to the continuo. Seven new concertos here join the twenty-six already recorded in the first four volumes of the Vivaldi Edition, an anthology Sergio Azzolini embarked on in 2009 with LAura Soave, and now builds on with LOnda Armonica.

Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)

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Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)

Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 238 Mb | Total time: 52:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901571 | Recorded: 1995

“Here's a very attractively prepared menu whose main course is the Stabatmater for countertenor and strings. Hors-d'oeuvres and side-dishes consist of a ripieno concerto (RV114), a chamber cantata for countertenor and strings (RV684), a string sonata in E flat (RV130) and an introductory motet to a lost Miserere (RV638). Taken together, the pieces demonstrate something of Vivaldi's diverse style as a composer. The chamber cantata, if closely related to the two sacred vocal items on the disc in respect of tonal colour, differs from them in character.

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Antonio Vivaldi: Tito Manlio (2005)

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Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Antonio Vivaldi: Tito Manlio (2005)

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Antonio Vivaldi: Tito Manlio (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 964 Mb | Total time: 194:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 096-2 | Recorded: 2003

The general wall of obscurity surrounding Vivaldi's operas seems to be lifting. Tito Manlio, a large work composed in 1719 for a royal wedding that was called off at the last minute, was recorded on LPs in the 1970s and in 2006 received two new recordings, released at nearly the same time. So much for the theory that opera on recordings is dying! The opera is a compelling one, with a convincing father-son drama: the ancient Roman consul Tito Manlio (or Titus Manlius) plans to have his son executed for disobedience, but the younger Manlio is saved by a flood of acclamation for his military deeds. The opera seria libretto was set by several other composers of the early eighteenth century. Its central role is the young Manlio, intended for a castrato and sung here by soprano Elisabeth Scholl.

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2008)

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Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2008)

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 882 Mb | Total time: 166:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 095-2 | Recorded: 2002

Vivaldi's operas are rarely recorded and even less often performed, but happily they are gradually gaining more exposure. The most familiar and most frequently recorded is his 1727 Orlando Furioso. The fact that it has been on the public's radar is due largely to an excellent 1977 recording starring Marilyn Horne and Victoria de los Angeles, which has been reissued on Erato. The opera has since been recorded twice, and a DVD of a 1989 San Francisco Opera production featuring Horne and Kathleen Kuhlmann has been released. The newer CDs are extraordinarily fine; in choosing between Naïve's 2005 version led by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and this CPO release conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli, the listener is in a win-win position. Both feature stellar soloists, who are also compelling actors, and beautiful orchestral playing.