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Vivaldi: Concerti e cantate da camera, Vol. 3


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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B0009JR758
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adagio
2. Largo
3. Allegro Assai
4. Recitativo
5. Aria: Passo di pena in pena
6. Recitativo
7. Aria: Se a me rivolge il ciglio
8. [Allegro]
9. Largo
10. Presto
11. Recitativo
12. Aria: Augelletti, voi col canto
13. Recitativo
14. Aria: Mi stringerai si, si
15. Allegro Ma Cantabile
16. Largo
17. Allegro Non Molto
18. Aria: Vengo a voi luci adorate
19. Recitativo
20. Aria: Sempre penare

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon Chambers VINE VOICE on 29 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
Oh dear, what a missed opportunity. This could have been an unmissable CD, offering some rare Concerti da camera (Chamber Concertos) and at least one absolute gem for soprano. The result, however, is somewhat less than perfect.

The Concerto for recorder, oboe, 2 violins and continuo (RV87) which begins the CD is an animated and invigorating piece in which all contributors seize their moment. Especially conspicuous is the theorbo, with some resonant pizzicato adding considerable weight and colour to the continuo. The choice of chamber concerti for this disc seems to have been made on the basis of instrumentation - the other two works (RV98 and RV103) also feature flute and oboe - although, uniquely, RV103 has no part for strings. These concerti show Vivaldi in his most innovative and experimental vein.

With only nine cantatas for voice and string accompaniment to his name, Vivaldi clearly doesn't rival Bach in this sphere - but then, who does? RV682, however, Vengo a voi, luce adorate, is as beautiful as anything Bach wrote, with both Allegro arias (on either side of a short recitative) full of memorable, melodic charm. I was relishing the chance of hearing it sung on this Opus 111 label. On the only other occasion I've heard it (with Catherine Bott on L'Oiseau Lyre) the music was ruined by excessive vibrato. If possible, this version is even worse. Instrumentalists and sound technicians do their jobs impeccably. Anachronistically and ruinously, however, Laura Polverelli brings a florid, high opera style to bear upon a work that I imagine pre-dates her reading by about a century. A full-throated, warbling vibrato that sounds more like a parody than a serious recital robs the music of its attractions, and what should be the climax to the CD, therefore, is a mere turn off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2011
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I really should've listened to the other review here. I've always found these "Vivaldi Edition" Opus 111 releases to be quite good quality, but the sub-series of three discs of cantatas and chamber concertos of which this is the third are a definite exception. For this particular disc it is not that mezzo Laura Polverelli possesses an excessive vibrato - I really don't get that - but the style of delivery in the cantatas is so over the top that "parody" is an entirely apt description of the performance here. There is also some ruinous extraneous noise going on sometimes in the concertos, which you pick up when you listen through headphones, a rustling, crackling sound like someone is fiddling with a packet of crisps. These three discs are perhaps best avoided in my view.

The accompanying booklet provides some notes in French, English & Italian, with libretti alongside French & English translations.

Programme:

RV87 - Concerto
RV683 - Cantata "Amor, hai vinto"
RV98 - Concerto
RV680 - Cantata "Lungi dal vago volto"
RV103 - Concerto
RV682 - Cantata "Vengo a voi, luci adorate"
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