These important recordings have never before been brought together as a single box.
I Musici founded almost 60 years ago; this set is a fitting tribute to the ensemble that did more than any other to bring Vivaldi’s music to wider attention.
New booklet note by Vivaldi scholar Michael Talbot.
“What comes over again and again when listening through some 19 hours of marvellous music, is the consistently high level of Vivaldi's invention, and this applies not just to the familiar works but also to the six solo violin concertos each of Opp. 6, 11 and 12, and the solo
concertos for violin or oboe (the illustrious Heinz Holliger) of Op. 7. What makes these works special is not just the buoyancy of the allegros (just sample the remarkable harmonic clashes of the finale of Op. 7 No. 4 in A minor), but the consistent beauty of the slow
movements…Accardo is the superb soloist in all these little-known Vivaldi sets, except Op. 6, where the stylish Pina Carmirelli takes over. Accardo contributes with equal distinction to the hardly less splendid and equally unknown chamber music… The recording is excellent,
as are the CD transfers, and collectors will find unexpected rewards in these stimulating, unfamiliar works.”
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