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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & 3 Concertos for Violin
“Perlman’s imagination holds (The Four Seasons) together superbly, and there are many passages of pure magic, as in the central Adagio of ‘Summer’. The digital remastering is managed admirably, the sound firm, clear and well balanced, with plenty of detail.” Penguin Guide
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JS Bach & Vivaldi: Concertos for violin(s)
This rather special disc showcases both the high summer of the Italian Baroque style and the early spring of an extraordinary performer of our own time.
In writing his violin concertos, Bach learnt from his predecessors and contemporaries both home and away, no less than he did in the other genres he perfected. This is one of his most enduring qualities – one shared by Stravinsky in particular – to listen and read and learn wherever he could, take what he found, and turn it on the lathe of his own genius. So he made sure to study the concertos of his Venetian predecessor, who was famous even in his own time for the easy mastery of the concerto grosso style that allowed full licence to the brilliance of a solo performer while always staying within the bounds of accessibly structured forms and deftly shaped, memorable melodies. Dialogue, of an almost operatic kind, was prized. Bach took all of this, and, especially in his E major Concerto, one of his most extensive essays in the genre, imbued it with a new seriousness of purpose and intensity of expression. The slow movement of the Concerto for two violins is a still point in a turning world, and has touched the hearts of millions since Adolf Busch and Yehudi Menuhin made their pioneering recording in the 1930s.
Menuhin was one of those who, early on, recognised the distinctive talent of the Japanese violinist Midori (b.1971); this is among her first recordings.
“These are all good, stylish performances, with sometimes rich string sound set off by a very reasonably audible and usually very welljudged harpsichord contribution. Also with a good quality of recording, they can be
confidently recommended to those listeners who wish simply, and entirely sensibly, to enjoy the music… For a 14-year-old [Midori’s playing] is stupefyingly good; indeed, in the two double violin concertos she plays with
Zukerman on pretty equal terms. This is an accomplishment restricted, you might say, to only a very few 14-year-olds, girls and boys, Japanese, European, or anything else.” Gramophone Magazine, December 1986
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Vivaldi - Violin Concertos Volume 1
Academia Montis Regalis, Enrico Onofri (violin and direction)
“Enrico Onofri is a player of dazzling virtuosity, whose intonation seldom falters and whose imaginative responses to some of Vivaldi's most poetic utterances thrilled and touched me.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006 ****
“Enrico Onofri writes that 'when subjected to a profound, subtle and precise reading of the rhetorical formulas that compose them, [Vivaldi's] concertos stand revealed as extremely impassioned works, by turns gently melancholic, impetuous, ironic, dramatic, caricatural, introspective, voluptuous, violent, tender, graceful.' All these characteristics are depicted in Onofri's intensely rhetorical playing. Occasionally he likes to introduce mischievous (perhaps even anarchic) elements into Academia Montis Regalis's performances, as if to insist that we must not regard this music as mere fashionable wallpaper music. The relentlessly tempestuous Concerto RV234, L'inquietudine, is not stuff that corporations will use for holding callers on the telephone.
Onofri's rapid flourishes in the extensive cadenza that concludes the Grosso Mogul Concerto, RV208, are not only phenomenal from a technical point of view but delivered in such a convincing way that every single note seems to matter. Amid the thwacks and snaps in fast tuttis one wonders if elegance might be an authentic Vivaldian characteristic in danger of becoming overlooked, although there is much more to these performances than shock tactics. Among the finest elements of this kaleidoscopic disc are the quieter slower movements: eloquence, grief, tranquillity and desire all seem to be worn on Onofri's sleeve. The Adagio in Concerto RV270, Il riposo, is breathtakingly beautiful; La caccia is unusually provocative, rewarding and frequently amazing.
Academia Montis Regalis present Vivaldi's concertos as totally compelling and meaningful music that demands full attention and respect.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
“Onofri's rapid flourishes in the extensive cadenza that concludes the Grosso Mogul Concerto, RV208, are not only phenomenal from a technical point of view but delivered in such a convincing way that every single note seems to matter. Among the finest elements of this kaleidoscopic disc are the quieter slower movements: eloquence, grief, tranquillity and desire all seem to be worn on Onofri's sleeve. The Adagio in Concerto RV270, Il riposo, is breathtakingly beautiful; La caccia is unusually provocative, rewarding and frequently amazing.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2006
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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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