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Vivaldi: Complete Cello Sonatas Double CD


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  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: HYPERION DYAD
  • ASIN: B0042ZUNII
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cello Sonata in B flat major RV47
2. Cello Sonata in A minor RV44
3. Cello Sonata in B flat major RV45
4. Cello
5. Sonata in E flat major RV39
6. Cello Sonata in G minor RV42
Disc: 2
1. Cello Sonata in E minor RV40
2. Cello Sonata in F major RV41
3. Cello Sonata in B flat major RV46
4. Cello Sonata in A minor RV43

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David Watkin, violoncelle - The King's Consort

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Ranks honourably among the best available Watkin has the advantage of outstanding continuo support and a recording of surpassing beauty and unexaggerated perspectives. If faced with a choice Id opt for David Watkins consistently articulate playing, the decisive criterion being Hyperions rapturously seductive sound --(BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This realy excellent double CD has now been reissued on Hyperion's budge Helios label Vivaldi: Complete Cello Sonatas.

I have owned and loved this set for years. All nine of Vivaldi's known cello sonatas are here and they are really lovely works. I think that Vivaldi's chamber music, along with his vocal and choral music, are where his true greatness shows most clearly, and these are among his best chamber works.

The sonatas themselves are full of melody and harmonic richness. The cello parts sing with real beauty and the continuo is wonderfully constructed to complement the solo lines perfectly. Vivaldi is less concerned here with virtuosic pyrotechnics and more with rich, satisfying melodic lines and subtle, engaging harmony. All of this is brought out by the playing of David Watkin, who is superb, and the three continuo players on cello, theorbo or guitar and organ or harpsichord. The variety in the continuo instrumentation makes the discs a joy to listen to without ever sounding samey, the recording is intimate, bringing out the full richness of the ensemble's sound and the notes very interesting.

In short, this is an absolute cracker of a double CD and very warmly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a very welcome re-release of a set which I have owned and loved for years. All nine of Vivaldi's known cello sonatas are here and they are really lovely works. I think that Vivaldi's chamber music, along with his vocal and choral music, are where his true greatness shows most clearly, and these are among his best chamber works.

The sonatas themselves are full of melody and harmonic richness. The cello parts sing with real beauty and the continuo is wonderfully constructed to complement the solo lines perfectly. Vivaldi is less concerned here with virtuosic pyrotechnics and more with rich, satisfying melodic lines and subtle, engaging harmony. All of this is brought out by the playing of David Watkin, who is superb, and the three continuo players on cello, theorbo or guitar and organ or harpsichord. The variety in the continuo instrumentation makes the discs a joy to listen to without ever sounding samey, the recording is intimate, bringing out the full richness of the ensemble's sound and the notes very interesting.

In short, this is an absolute cracker of a double CD and very warmly recommended
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These performances are splendid precisely because the ensemble effect of the cello playing together with the continuo playing is a flawless mesh. The instruments to be used in the continuo playing are not indicated in the Vivaldi manuscripts. We have no real clues about which instruments were actually used in Vivaldi's time. CPE Bach suggested only harpsichord should be used, and there are today recordings of these works where the continuo is provided according to Bach's indication with only the harpsichord. But in Italy of the 17th and 18th century this suggestion by a Northerner like Bach may not have been in agreement with the practice of the time in Italy; and the present continuo grouping of continuo cello, theorbo, archlute, guitar, and chamber organ is probably more in conformity with the actual practices of the time in 18th century Italy when these works were originally performed. Here the magnificent achievement of this recording is the flawless and symbiotic nature and exquiste tonal balance of this mix of these continuo instrumental sonorities, which is unsurpassed by any other recording. Wispelwey's recording with the Florilegium ensemble though expressive and restrained doesn't even come close. A sublime and heavenly recording. A desert island choice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Chambers TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This interpretation of Vivaldi's superb cello sonatas, by David Watkin, has been described as 'dull and academic' - by BBC Music Magazine, no less. The choice of words is interesting. In what sense, I wonder, is Watkin being 'academic' here? By playing the notes as they are actually written in the score? By thinking (and maybe even reading!) about Baroque performance styles? By having studied A Level Music and beyond? I'm not sure. But one thing is certain. These sonatas are not at all dull, and nor is the playing of them in this, to my mind, excellent recording. Watkin is always worth serious consideration when trying to decide which version of a piece to opt for, and here he comes up trumps.

Hyperion's CD offers all nine sonatas, a more generous allocation than those offered by good alternatives (like Anner Bylsma's on the Sony label, which features just six). And this becomes an important consideration when an alternative version's selection means that your personal favourite is excluded!

It's not only Watkin who is worthy of mention here. The accompaniment (with chamber organ alternating with harpsichord, and a varied collection of lute, baroque guitar and theorbo) adds greatly to the listening pleasure. The whole ensemble is faithful to the letter and committed to the spirit of these inspired works.

Luckily, even professional reviewers are probably not as influential as they'd like to imagine. It would be a great shame if people have been put off by Music Magazine's negative words, because this is the best recording of the Vivaldi cello sonatas I've yet come across - even allowing for its alarmingly steep price. If this is dull, give me more dullness.
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