This is an enjoyable disc of some of Albinoni's most pleasing concerti. While not going in for the virtuosic pyrotechnics evident in much of Vivaldi's work, these concerti have an elegance and grace which I like very much. They are rich in melody and Albinoni's harmonic invention is very satisfying, making these pieces an attractive programme.
Simon Standage is a universally respected star of baroque music and he and Collegium Musicum 90 play here with all the skill and sensitivity to the music one would expect. Playing on period instruments in a small ensemble, they are very flexible - tender where appropriate and able to give it some real welly when needed. You can get an idea of the relaxed scholarship which informs this disc from the information in the booklet that their chosen temperament is "Fifths tuned narrow until the thirds sound good." It is some of the best playing of Albinoni I know, and as good as their excellent recordings of Albinoni's oboe concerti with Anthony Robson, which is high praise.
Personally, I find Albinoni's music pleasantly enjoyable rather than truly engrossing so this is a very good disc for me rather than a great one, but with excellent recorded sound, good notes and attractive presentation, I can still recommend it warmly.