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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: L'oracolo in Messenia (2012)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: L'oracolo in Messenia (2012)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: L'oracolo in Messenia (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 814 Mb | Total time: 79.49+76.52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999960 254726 | Recorded: 2012

This is the world-premiere recording of L’Oracolo in Messenia, an opera prepared by Vivaldi for Vienna and now reconstructed by Fabio Biondi. He leads this triumphant performance, which opened the 2011 Resonanzen festival in the Austrian capital with a high-powered cast including Ann Hallenberg, Vivica Genaux and rising soprano Julia Lezhneva.

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.

Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber - Vivaldi: Concertos for Two Cellos (2014)

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Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber - Vivaldi: Concertos for Two Cellos (2014)

Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber - Vivaldi: Concertos for Two Cellos (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:31 | 336 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8573374

Notwithstanding the enormous variety of arrangements of Bach's music that have appeared for every conceivable combination of instruments, remakings of Vivaldi have been comparatively rare. Cellist and composer Julian Lloyd Webber here attempts to fill the void, apparently with the primary goal of enlarging the repertory playable for him and his cellist wife, Jiaxin Lloyd Webber. Only one work, the Concerto for two cellos in G minor, RV 531, is as Vivaldi composed it; the others were mostly for pairs of instruments, either similar or dissimilar, originally. The RV 409 concerto was originally for one cello but had an obbligato bassoon continuo that was easy enough to turn into a second cello part.

Andreas Scholl, Paul Dyer, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus; Motets (2000)

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Andreas Scholl, Paul Dyer, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus; Motets (2000)

Andreas Scholl, Paul Dyer, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus; Motets (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Track (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 69:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 466 964-2 | Recorded: 2000

From the earliest planning stages for this recording, Andreas Scholl had only one orchestra in mind: the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. It's no surprise that Decca was skittish about the idea–there are, after all, many good baroque-instrument bands much closer to London–yet the star countertenor insisted that his rapport with this group was special and that it would be well worth the trouble to make the record in Sydney. Well, from the very first notes, it's clear that Scholl was right: conductor Paul Dyer and the ABO launch into the opening of Nisi Dominus with an energetic gusto that you'd sooner expect from Rinaldo Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano than from an Anglo-Saxon band. Scholl responds in kind: his vocalism is as smooth, clear, and assured as ever, but he goes beyond that–his innumerable subtle inflections of tone and timing are more reminiscent of a good orator than an opera singer.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Concerti a Quattro Violini L'Estro Armonico (2007)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Concerti a Quattro Violini L'Estro Armonico (2007)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Concerti a Quattro Violini L'Estro Armonico (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 53:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | ZZT070902 | Recorded: 2006

This disc of Vivaldi concertos celebrates ten years of the French label Zig-Zag Territoires. The fulsome paean contained in the booklet, sometimes flowery in its prose, sometimes fanciful in its content – ‘Long may our CDs continue to stir this life force within you!’ etc. – may not win new friends, but the playing of Ensemble 415 certainly should. Director and founder of the group, Chiara Banchini has chosen the four Concertos for four violins from Vivaldi’s first and most varied printed sets, L’estro armonico (1711), as well as two further works that, along with the greater number of his concertos remained unpublished during Vivaldi’s lifetime, a Concerto in F major for three violins (RV 551) and in B flat for four (RV 553).

Philippe Jaroussky - Passion Jaroussky [3CDs] (2019)

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Philippe Jaroussky - Passion Jaroussky [3CDs] (2019)

Philippe Jaroussky - Passion Jaroussky [3CDs] (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,97 Gb | Total time: 76:19+80:21+75:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029537555 | Recorded: 2000

Passion Jaroussky marks 20 years since Philippe Jaroussky made his professional debut and commenced his rapid ascent to stardom. As the French countertenor says, “Even after all these years, my passion for music is undimmed.” Ranging musically from the 16th to the 21st century, the triple album comprises both new recordings and highlights from recent albums, and it also showcases Jaroussky’s collaborations with a host of major singers – from the worlds of both classical music and pop – instrumentalists, conductors and orchestras.

Jaap ter Linden - Vivaldi: Complete Cello Sonatas (2007)

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Jaap ter Linden - Vivaldi: Complete Cello Sonatas (2007)

Jaap ter Linden - Vivaldi: Complete Cello Sonatas (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:50:51 | 674 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog: 93567

Amid the sea of compositions Antonio Vivaldi left for the violin, the Red Priest was also gracious enough to enhance the cellist's repertoire with a nice assortment of concertos and even a handful of sonatas with basso continuo. These works, while satisfying and pleasing, are far from virtuoso works and as such have often been relegated to serve as teaching pieces for high school and college students. In the right hands, however, these nine sonatas can still engage and excite listeners. Cellist Jaap ter Linden would seem to be ideally suited for this task. His distinguished career includes cello performances with many of the world's top Baroque orchestras, as well taking on conducting duties with the same.

Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Baroque Cantatas and Concertos (1995)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Baroque Cantatas and Concertos (1995)

Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Baroque Cantatas and Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 59:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | 5 65558 2 | Recorded: 1982-1984

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields was founded in 1959 by Sir Neville Marriner and a group of London’s leading orchestral players. Originally formed as a small conductorless string group, it spearheaded the 1950’s Baroque revival.

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 78:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0825646257508 | Recorded: 2014

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, whose honey-sweet voice perhaps remains the best introduction to the countertenor voice for the skeptical, attempts something new with the collection of gorgeous and generally underrated Vivaldi works. It might, therefore, not be perfectly appropriate as an introduction to Jaroussky, but it's a daring and altogether engrossing project. The collection is accurately billed as a group of sacred works for alto, which makes it a surprising attempt for : his voice corresponds most closely to a mezzo-soprano range, and he has in the past taken on full-scale operatic arias where his voice blooms into a colorful and attractive top. Here he deliberately forbids himself that part of his vocal repertoire, even in faster, more athletic pieces that would seem to permit it.

Yolanda Kondonassis - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons for Harp and Orchestra (1999)

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Yolanda Kondonassis - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons for Harp and Orchestra (1999)

Yolanda Kondonassis - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons for Harp and Orchestra (1999)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 222 MB | 56:27
Genre: Classical | Label: Telarc Distribution

Yolanda Kondonassis' skill on the harp is legendary. So too are her arrangements for the instrument. Many times you hear arrangements that restate the composer's original themes, but don't make the music fit the instrument. I often feel this way about much of Bach's music on the piano. Other times you find arrangements that stretch beyond the original in ways that get in the way. For me, the best example of this is the Stokowski arrangements of Bach's organ works for orchestra.

Jean Guillou - Vivaldi for Organ (1991)

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Jean Guillou - Vivaldi for Organ (1991)

Jean Guillou - Vivaldi for Organ (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 257 Mb | Total time: 59:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian Recordings | DOR-90118 | Recorded: 1989

The beauty of this CD is that it combines two very important factors: Vivaldi and the pipe organ, and creates a most listenable and relaxing musical mood. Vivaldi concertos are usually in three parts each: Allegro, Adagio, Allegro (or close to that), that is, fast, slow, fast, and were composed for a small chamber ensemble. Vivaldi himself was primarily a violinist, and wrote what you hear on this CD for ensemble, not for pipe organ. They transcribe very well to pipe organ.

Thibault Noally, Les Accents - Venezia 1700: Tartini, Bonporti, Caldara, Dall’Abaco, Vivaldi, Albinoni (2016)

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Thibault Noally, Les Accents  - Venezia 1700: Tartini, Bonporti, Caldara, Dall’Abaco, Vivaldi, Albinoni (2016)

Thibault Noally, Les Accents - Venezia 1700: Tartini, Bonporti, Caldara, Dall’Abaco, Vivaldi, Albinoni (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 400 Mb | Total time: 68:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP 128 | Recorded: 2015

Thibault Noally and Les Accents present a celebration of the Venetian Sonata. The term sonata was first coined at the end of the 16th century by Giovanni Croce and Andrea Gabrieli but it was Tartini, born and active in the Venetian Republic, who created some 200 sonatas for violin, the largest body of work in the form, followed by Vivaldi with 80. If Vivaldi borrowed from all an sundry [Caldara, Corelli, Matteis, Bonporti, Albinoni] then others were quick to borrow from him too and the Venetian sonata spread through competing musicians to Germany, via Pisendel and the Dresden court; France with Leclair and Guignone; and Russia with the Venetians Madonis and Dall'Oglio. Thibault Noally is a recognised name on the international baroque stage. He best-known as the solo violin of Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble with Marc Minkowski, with the Concerto Köln, Pulcinella or the Ensemble Matheus.

Adam Viktora, Prague Baroque Soloists, Ensemble Inegal - Vivaldi in Bohemia (2009)

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Adam Viktora, Prague Baroque Soloists, Ensemble Inegal - Vivaldi in Bohemia (2009)

Adam Viktora, Prague Baroque Soloists, Ensemble Inegal - Vivaldi in Bohemia (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 66:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nibiru | # 0150-2211 | Recorded: 2008

Here are some prime works by Vivaldi that are not hot from a recording studio, but bring a new Nibiru title to our catalogue. They feature Ensemble Inegal and Prague Baroque Soloists conducted by Adam Viktora, who are legendary for their performances of music by Zelenka.
We know lots about him, but it is unclear if Antonio Vivaldi ever actually visited the Czech lands - Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. Certainly his music was circulating there, as some of his operas appeared in Prague. The four extensive choral and vocal pieces on this disc - Dixit Dominus, RV 595, Laudate Pueri Dominum, RV 600, Magnificat, RV 610b (Czech Version), and Salve Regina, RV 617 - were in the music libraries of wealthy families or religious institutions.

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Georg Kallweit - Vivaldi: Cello Concertos (2011)

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Jean-Guihen Queyras, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Georg Kallweit - Vivaldi: Cello Concertos (2011)

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Georg Kallweit - Vivaldi: Cello Concertos (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 68:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC902095 | Recorded: 2010

Alongside the famous Quattro Stagioni, La Notte, and so on, Vivaldi wrote no fewer than 27 concertos for the cello – an instrument which at the time was generally limited to playing basso continuo. With the genuine virtuosi he had available to him at the Ospedale della Pietà, the Red Priest played a key role in the emancipation of the cello, which so readily inspired him to invent varied figuration. The musicians of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin have chosen to add highly expressive pieces by Caldara to punctuate the sumptuous feast of sound offered by maestro Queyras.

Paul Goodwin, Robert King, The King's Consort - Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos (2010)

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Paul Goodwin, Robert King, The King's Consort - Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos (2010)

Paul Goodwin, Robert King, The King's Consort - Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Track (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 69:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Helios | CDH 55349 | Recorded: 1990

Of the program’s seven concertos, only two—one by each composer—are conventional solo concertos. Albinoni, who is credited with inventing the genre, actually wrote as many double concertos as solo concertos; two of them are included on the disc, along with a concerto grosso scored for an unlikely combination of five winds and continuo. Vivaldi, who refined Albinoni’s concept, is represented by a brace of concertos for pairs of oboes and clarinets. Therein lies the fun of this marvelous and unexpected release.