This disc, well recorded in 2001, is another example of the excellence of this group of players in this type of repertoire. The actual program is nicely varied and makes a satisfying concert when played straight through.
Biondi takes a vibrant view of this music, strongly bringing out the dynamics and phrasing to dramatic effect. Tempi, as usual, are lively. Fortunately all of these technical and musical demands made upon both Biondi and the Europa Galante orchestra are handled with considerable aplomb.
A particular attraction of this disc of Vivaldi concertos is to hear the sounds of rarely heard instruments played very well and within a realistic balance. The rustic sounding chalumeaux and the delicacy of the mandoline/s are just two simple examples. The oboe and bassoon playing is noticeably more accurately played in terms of intonation than is often the case, even with specialist players of period instruments. The reeded woodwind seem to be more demanding in these ways than many other period instruments. Whatever the challenges, this group of musicians seem to unfailingly play in a way that gives aural satisfaction so that one can enjoy the music without such technical distractions.
in conclusion I would suggest that this is a very enjoyable and expertly played selection of Vivaldi's concertos. As such it fully deserves serious consideration from purchasers interested in this entertaining repertoire.