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Vivaldi - Violin Concertos Volume 4 (L’imperatore)
This is the 46th title in the Vivaldi Edition and the 4th volume, out of approximately 12, of the series dedicated to the violin concertos whose manuscripts are held in the National Library of Turin. All the concertos selected here were composed for, dedicated to or performed in front of Charles VI (1685-1740), sovereign of the Habsburg Empire, renowned as patron and passionate lover of music. This series of 7 concertos is an overview of the complete art of Vivaldi as a composer and violinist: large-scale music, invention, expression, energy, power of evocation, played with considerable virtuosity.
Riccardo Minasi, 33, is one of the leading Italian baroque violinists and also has a career as a conductor Il Pomo d'Oro is a new baroque orchestra that gathers excellent musicians from several high-level baroque orchestras including Il Complesso Barocco.
“Minasi is certainly an impressive virtuoso and his playing is rhythmically exciting and expressively affecting in equal measure. His account of the Largo of the G minor Concerto, RV327 is beautifully sustained and tenderly spoken. Yet too often, elsewhere, I feel cheated of the music's 'gentillesse' and its lyricism. Notwithstanding such misgivings, though, this is impressive playing by all concerned.” International Record Review, June 2012
“His virtuosity cannot be doubted and his tone courses like a young stream but a restless imagination looks beyond straightforward niceness and elegance for something deeper, more sharply moulded, in places even darker...This is not really Vivaldi as easy listening...But for anyone wanting a touch of Dionysian poetry, it is a disc worth returning to.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
“Riccardo Minasi is a player with lively feeling for theatrical gesture and a technique that comfortably accommodates Vivaldi's virtuosity. He breathes life into these wonderfully expressive concertos with a musical rapport that perhaps responds more readily to bravura passages than to lyrical ones...committed Vivaldians should be delighted.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
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Vivaldi: La Cetra II Volume 2
L’Arte dell’Arco, Giovanni Guglielmo
Volume 31 of the Musical Delights series concentrates on a selection of Antonio Vivaldi’s concertos performed on period instruments by L’Arte dell’Arco.
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Vivaldi - Violin Concertos & String Symphonies Volume 1
Concerto for Violin "Il Grosso Mogul" in D major RV 208
Concerto, Op. 3 No. 6 'Con Violino Solo obligato', RV 356
Concerto in C major, RV 186
Violin Concerto in E major, RV271 'L'Amoroso'
Concerto in C Major, RV 171
Concerto, Op. 3 No. 9 'Con Violino Solo obligati', RV 230
Concerto, Op. 3 No. 3 'Con Violino Solo obligato', RV 310
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in Eb, RV254
Violin Concerto in C minor, RV199 'Il Sospetto'
Violin Concerto, Op. 4 No. 8 in D minor, RV 249
Violin Concerto RV 232 in D major
Concerto, Op. 3 No. 12 'Con Violino Solo obligato', RV 265
Concerto for strings No. 5, RV 114
Concerto for strings in E minor, RV 134
Concerto for strings No. 2, RV 133
Concerto for strings No. 10, RV 121
Concerto for strings No. 4, RV 136
Concerto for strings No. 8, RV 127
Concerto for strings No. 3, RV 119
Concerto for strings No. 9, RV 164
Concerto for strings No. 11, RV 150
Concerto for strings No. 12, RV 159
Concerto for strings No. 7, RV 160
Violin Concerto in E flat major, RV 260
Concerto in D minor, RV 237
Violin concerto in D major RV 582
Violin Concerto in D major, RV 213
Violin Concerto in D major, RV 228
Concerto in A major, RV 340
Concerto in G minor, RV 328
Concerto in D major, RV 205
Concerto RV 319 for violin, 2 oboes & bassoon
Concerto in C major, RV 172
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in Bb, RV370
Concerto In G Minor RV 302
Vivaldi’s creative genius was not on a level with that of Bach, Mozart or Strauss, but it was considerable all the same. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians calls him "the most original and influential Italian composer of his generation" and continues: "He laid the foundations for the mature Baroque concerto. His contributions to musical style, violin technique and the practice of orchestration were substantial, and he was a pioneer of orchestral program music."
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