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Vivaldi: Concertos /Pinnock [Box set]

Trevor Pinnock, Antonio Vivaldi Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00005KK4Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 1. PrestoTrevor Pinnock 1:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 2. AdagioTrevor Pinnock 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G, R.151 Concerto alla Rustica - 3. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vivaldi: Concerto for Oboe, Violin, Strings and Continuo in B flat, R.548 - 1. (Allegro)Simon Standage 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vivaldi: Concerto for Oboe, Violin, Strings and Continuo in B flat, R.548 - 2. LargoSimon Standage 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Vivaldi: Concerto for Oboe, Violin, Strings and Continuo in B flat, R.548 - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vivaldi: Concerto in C, R.558 - "con molti stromenti" - 1. Allegro moltoTrevor Pinnock 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Vivaldi: Concerto in C, R.558 - "con molti stromenti" - 2. Andante moltoTrevor Pinnock 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Vivaldi: Concerto in C, R.558 - "con molti stromenti" - 3. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in G major, R. 516 - 1. Allegro moltoSimon Standage 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in G major, R. 516 - 2. Andante (molto)Simon Standage 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in G major, R. 516 - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461 (for Oboe, Strings and Continuo) - Allegro non moltoTrevor Pinnock 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461 (for Oboe, Strings and Continuo) - LarghettoTrevor Pinnock 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461 (for Oboe, Strings and Continuo) - AllegroTrevor Pinnock 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532 - 1. AllegroJames Tyler 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532 - 2. AndanteJames Tyler 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532 - 3. AllegroJames Tyler 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in A, R.159 - 1. AllegroMichaela Comberti 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in A, R.159 - 2. AdagioMichaela Comberti 1:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in A, R.159 - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, R.271 "L'amoroso" - 1. AllegroSimon Standage 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, R.271 "L'amoroso" - 2. CantabileSimon Standage 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, R.271 "L'amoroso" - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in E minor, R.484 - 1. Allegro pocoMilan Turkovic 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in E minor, R.484 - 2. AndanteMilan Turkovic 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in E minor, R.484 - 3. AllegroMilan Turkovic 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in G, R.436 - 1. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in G, R.436 - 2. LargoTrevor Pinnock 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in G, R.436 - 3. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Vivaldi: Concerto for Viola d'amore, Lute, Strings and Continuo in D minor , RV.540 - 1. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 5:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Vivaldi: Concerto for Viola d'amore, Lute, Strings and Continuo in D minor , RV.540 - 2. LargoTrevor Pinnock 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Vivaldi: Concerto for Viola d'amore, Lute, Strings and Continuo in D minor , RV.540 - 3. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Vivaldi: Concerto for Oboe, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo in G, R.545 - 1. Andante moltoMilan Turkovic 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Vivaldi: Concerto for Oboe, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo in G, R.545 - 2. LargoMilan Turkovic 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Vivaldi: Concerto for Oboe, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo in G, R.545 - 3. Allegro moltoMilan Turkovic 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in D, Op.3/1, RV 549 - 1. AllegroSimon Standage 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in D, Op.3/1, RV 549 - 2. Largo e spiccatoMichaela Comberti 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in D, Op.3/1, RV 549 - 3. AllegroMichaela Comberti 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in G minor , Op.3/2 , RV 578 - 1. Adagio e spiccatoSimon Standage 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in G minor , Op.3/2 , RV 578 - 2. AllegroSimon Standage 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in G minor , Op.3/2 , RV 578 - 3. LarghettoSimon Standage 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in G minor , Op.3/2 , RV 578 - 4. AllegroMichaela Comberti 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in G , Op.3/3 , RV 310 - 1. AllegroSimon Standage 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in G , Op.3/3 , RV 310 - 2. LargoSimon Standage 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in G , Op.3/3 , RV 310 - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in E minor , Op.3/4 , RV 550 - 1. AndanteMichaela Comberti 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in E minor , Op.3/4 , RV 550 - 2. Allegro assaiSimon Standage 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in E minor , Op.3/4 , RV 550 - 3. Adagio - 4. AllegroSimon Standage 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in A , Op.3/5 , RV 519 - 1. AllegroSimon Standage 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in A , Op.3/5 , RV 519 - 2. LargoSimon Standage 1:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in A , Op.3/5 , RV 519 - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in A minor , Op.3/6 , RV 356 - 1. AllegroSimon Standage 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in A minor , Op.3/6 , RV 356 - 2. LargoSimon Standage 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in A minor , Op.3/6 , RV 356 - 3. PrestoSimon Standage 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in F , Op.3/7 , RV 567 - 1. AndanteMichaela Comberti 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in F , Op.3/7 , RV 567 - 2. AdagioMichaela Comberti 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in F , Op.3/7 , RV 567 - 3. AllegroMichaela Comberti 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in F , Op.3/7 , RV 567 - 4. AdagioMichaela Comberti 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso for 2 violins, strings and continuo in A minor, Op.3/8 , RV 522 - 1. AllegroMichaela Comberti 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso for 2 violins, strings and continuo in A minor, Op.3/8 , RV 522 - 2. LarghettoMichaela Comberti 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso for 2 violins, strings and continuo in A minor, Op.3/8 , RV 522 - 3. AllegroMichaela Comberti 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso for violins, strings and continuo in D , Op.3/9 , RV 230 - 1. AllegroSimon Standage 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso for violins, strings and continuo in D , Op.3/9 , RV 230 - 2. LarghettoSimon Standage 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso for violins, strings and continuo in D , Op.3/9 , RV 230 - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in B minor, Op.3/10 , RV 580 - 1. AllegroMichaela Comberti 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in B minor, Op.3/10 , RV 580 - 2. Largo - Larghetto - LargoSimon Standage 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in B minor, Op.3/10 , RV 580 - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in D minor , Op.3/11 , RV 565 - 1. Allegro - Adagio - AllegroSimon Standage 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in D minor , Op.3/11 , RV 565 - 2. Largo e spiccatoSimon Standage 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in D minor , Op.3/11 , RV 565 - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in E , Op.3/12 , RV 265 - 1. AllegroSimon Standage 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in E , Op.3/12 , RV 265 - 2. LargoSimon Standage 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in E , Op.3/12 , RV 265 - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in F, Op.10, No.1, R.433 "La tem pesta di mare" - 1. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in F, Op.10, No.1, R.433 "La tem pesta di mare" - 2. LargoTrevor Pinnock 1:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in F, Op.10, No.1, R.433 "La tem pesta di mare" - 3. PrestoTrevor Pinnock 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 1. LargoTrevor Pinnock 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 2. Fantasmi (Presto)Trevor Pinnock0:52£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 3. LargoTrevor Pinnock 1:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 4. PrestoTrevor Pinnock 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 5. Il sonno (Largo)Trevor Pinnock 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 6. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in D, Op.10, No.3, R.428 "Il gar dellino" - 1. AllegroSimon Standage 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in D, Op.10, No.3, R.428 "Il gar dellino" - 2. CantabileSimon Standage 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in D, Op.10, No.3, R.428 "Il gar dellino" - 3. AllegroMichaela Comberti 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G, Op.10, No.4, R.435 - 1. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G, Op.10, No.4, R.435 - 2. LargoTrevor Pinnock 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G, Op.10, No.4, R.435 - 3. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in F, Op.10, No.5, R.434 - 1. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in F, Op.10, No.5, R.434 - 2. LargoTrevor Pinnock 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in F, Op.10, No.5, R.434 - 3. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G, Op.10, No.6, R.437 - 1. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G, Op.10, No.6, R.437 - 2. LargoTrevor Pinnock 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G, Op.10, No.6, R.437 - 3. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 


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DGG 4713172; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Orchestrale per flauto

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is certainly a tempting bargain box and contains MOST of the Vivaldi discs that Pinnock has made for DGG. Pinnock and his excellent colleagues in The English Consort plus various soloists have been remarkably consistent in delivering performances of impeccable Baroque style throughout the whole series. That is a considerable achievement. These include the complete sets of opus 3, opus 8 and opus 10 plus a good selection of other miscellaneous concertos.

However, there is an even better buy and that is the 7 disc set which crucially also includes the otherwise unavailable excellent set of the opus 4 set 'La Stravaganza' as well as the 12 concertos of opus 8 including 'The Four Seasons.' That set offers a real alternative to Rachel Podgers excellent account of the opus 4 set which favours a larger acoustic and a more assertive playing style. The lack of the opus 8 set is also a very sad loss to this boxed edition.

However, to give more than a general summary for those still interested in this much reduced option, a selection of previous individual disc reviews are included below for more detailed assessment.

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Opus 3 L'Estro Armonico

I have owned this set for over 20 years now and have never tired of hearing it - a sure guide to long-lasting quality.

Since 1987 there has been a revolution in Vivaldi playing led by some notably wonderful Italian groups and soloists. Generally they have taken a dramatic, free-wheeling approach to Vivaldi and at markedly up-tempo speeds. The dynamic and emotional range and observation of accenting has become far more acute as a result.

BUT ..............
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superb but there is now even more superb 17 Dec 2013
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I can imagine the outraged disgust on the faces of previous reviewers when they see I have not given this set a full complement of 5 stars. Whilst agreeing wholeheartedly with the praise heaped upon this set, I can only give it 3 stars.

Why? Because I have just found a newer Pinnock set entitled "Vivaldi: Stravaganza 55 Concertos" which has 7 CDs instead of 5, 171 tracks instead of 95, whilst still (as far as I can see) including all the tracks on this older set. Those bemoaning the wasted space on the older CDs and wanting more will have their wishes fulfilled. The price difference at the time of writing is only a pound or two.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB VIVALDI 1 Mar 2013
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Brilliant Box Set. Wonderful Music. Great recording.
Worth every penny paid, a BARGAIN at this price
BIG PLUS ITS VIVALDI!!!
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18 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baroque and Roll! 5 July 2004
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A good mix of pieces, added to the fact this is the only set I could find which had all the l'estro armonico Op.3. Superb!
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little More Vivaldi Please 28 Dec 2003
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
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This budget-priced, slim paper-sleeved box set of various Vivaldi Concertos on the DG/Archiv label is quite excellent. Trevor Pinnock, directing from the harpsichord and organ, leads the English Concert (an all-star cast including Roy Goodman and Simon Standage, both of whom have graduated to the podium in recent years) in digital recordings from the late 80s. Since the track information is not abundantly clear above, allow me to mention that the first two discs of this set feature various Concertos, discs 3 & 4 contain the complete "L'estro amonico" op. 3, and CD5 six Flute Concertos op. 10. While I have never been a big fan of period-instrument recordings, there is nothing I can complain about here. The performances are warm, spirited, and thoroughly engaging, and certainly not academic. In fact, my only complaint is that there is not more to listen to. I popped this set in my 5-disc changer over the Holidays, and was disappointed to find it end so soon, being that four of the five CDs log in at the mid-50 minute mark and one only at a whopping 45:08. By my calculations, there is easily room for an additional two hours of material here! Alas, it is the only problem with an otherwise stellar set.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preeminent Vivaldi Performances - if only there were more! 26 Jun 2009
By James Rockhill - Published on Amazon.com
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Fabio Biondi and his Europa Galante has produced a goodly number of imaginative Vivaldi realizations, but the sound on his releases is variable (though never bad), and he takes liberties with the rhythm and phrasing, which, sometimes pull the music into directions far from what appears on the page, no matter how fascinating and musical the results may be. I enjoy Biondi's way with this music, but it is not the way I want to hear it most of the time.

Pinnock's performances, however, reveal the power, grace, and beauty of the music as written. They are lithe, rhythmically acute, and unfailingly delightful, his instrumentalists adding trills and other ornaments without pulling the music out of shape. It is a pity Pinnock did not produce more Vivaldi for Archiv.

Both approaches are valid, and I would not part with the performances of this music by either conductor; but it is to Pinnock's recordings that I return most often.

I purchased the recordings in this boxed set when Archiv first released all of them separately several years ago, and if I were to register one complaint with Archiv in issuing the present set it to question their failure to reissue all of Pinnock's Vivaldi recordings. The other concerti for diverse intruments are just as fine as those included in this set, and the reputedly fiery recording of Op. 4 "La Stravaganza" received such a limited release that many (including myself) never found a copy. It is about time Archiv issued another boxed set to complement this one.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Great One from Pinnock 13 Mar 2008
By Paul S. Rottenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Many people still erroneously believe that Vivaldi's conceti all sound the same. What nonsense! If you still think this way, then what you need is this superb set to set you straight. Trevor Pinnock and his great English Consort perform some of the most tuneful and toe-tapping concerti of the Red Priest.In fact, this is a great release. Great sound. Excellent production all 'round. Bravo again to Pinnock and his band!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Set, But Don't Buy It 15 Jan 2013
By The Count - Published on Amazon.com
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The English Concert's Vivaldi recordings are THE period instrument versions to own, but this fine compilation has now been superceded by the newer, 7-CD box that includes all of the English Concert's Vivaldi recordings Collector Edition: Stravaganza 55 Concertos. The older, 5-CD box inexplicably omitted the EC's stunning version of the "Four Seasons", which is not to be missed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific BUT the 7 disc set also includes the opus 4 and opus 8 concertos not included here 1 Jan 2014
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
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This is certainly a tempting bargain box and contains MOST of the Vivaldi discs that Pinnock has made for DGG. Pinnock and his excellent colleagues in The English Consort plus various soloists have been remarkably consistent in delivering performances of impeccable Baroque style throughout the whole series. That is a considerable achievement. These include the complete sets of opus 3, opus 8 and opus 10 plus a good selection of other miscellaneous concertos.

However, there is an even better buy and that is the 7 disc set which crucially also includes the otherwise unavailable excellent set of the opus 4 set 'La Stravaganza' as well as the 12 concertos of opus 8 including 'The Four Seasons.' That set offers a real alternative to Rachel Podgers excellent account of the opus 4 set which favours a larger acoustic and a more assertive playing style. The lack of the opus 8 set is also a very sad loss to this boxed edition.

However, for those still interested in this much reduced option, the previous individual disc reviews are copy-pasted below for more detailed comment.

...............................
Opus 3 L'Estro Armonico

I have owned this set for over 20 years now and have never tired of hearing it - a sure guide to long-lasting quality.

Since 1987 there has been a revolution in Vivaldi playing led by some notably wonderful Italian groups and soloists. Generally they have taken a dramatic, free-wheeling approach to Vivaldi and at markedly up-tempo speeds. The dynamic and emotional range and observation of accenting has become far more acute as a result.

BUT ..............

There is still no real substitute for this relatively plain and level-headed account played and recorded supremely well. If that sounds dull then the first paragraph above should be reassuring. This set oozes sheer musicianship at every level. The solo violin playing by Simon Standage, as always with this player, is a model of restrained display and sensitivity held in perfect balance.

In the concertos for several violins at the end of this set, he is joined by colleagues of the same calibre. This does not inhabit the same world of dramatic imagination and some extravaganza as can be heard in many of the more recent Italian sets, but it remains deeply satisfying and rewarding upon repeat hearing - not that i would wish to be without Biondi either for example.

I would therefore suggest that among the many pearls of Vivaldi's music available on disc today this still holds its metaphorical head up high. If the program appeals I would suggest that this disc warrants very serious consideration indeed.

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Opus 10 6 flute concertos

These six concertos, well recorded in 1985, feature the tranverse flute expertly played and in very good baroque style by Lisa Beznosiuk. These are not to be confused with the various recorder concertos.
These concertos also appear in other forms with different solo instruments and will therefore be familiar but not necessarily immediately recognised. The first three concertos, La tempesta di mare,' La notte and Il gardellino are the three known in other forms.

All six concertos make a satisfying whole as published and are played and recorded as well as the other discs led by Trevor Pinnock. The English Consort deliver both energetic and sympathetic supports as required. Only the last three of the concertos have claim to be the only versions of these six works but, as flute concertos, these are extremely well delivered by all concerned.

However .......

both 'Il gardellino' (goldfinch) and 'La notte' are also known as recorder concertos and 'il gardellino' in particular suits the recorder particularly well having more of a bird song characteristic about its natural timbre. The tempesta di mare' is also known as a concerto for solo recorder, oboe, bassoon and violin. Those versions can be heard on a disc led by Biondi and also as recorded by Amarillis. There is a further option on a disc by Rebel. All of these alternatives provide superb playing and recording and choice will be matter of personal preference. My suggestion for collectors of multiple versions is to buy them all as they offer different insights of equal value and satisfaction while being different in emphasis.

Once more, Pinnock offers the middle ground done to perfection and ideal for repeat listening but I would suggest that purchasing at least one of the recorded alternatives featuring the solo recorder as above would be a very worthwhile investment.

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Concerto selection - Alla rustica

This collection of miscellaneous concertos, well recorded in 1985, has been grouped together under the name of just one of them - alla rustica.' This seems a somewhat arbitrary title for the collection which may well have been chosen because of the more 'rustic' nature of the solo instruments featured as a whole.

The concertos nevertheless make for an interesting collection, and also make for a refreshing alternative to the many string based solo concertos otherwise available. In this case Philip Pickett and Rachel Becket are the chosen solo recorder players, Colin Lawson and Carlos Riera perform on the two chalumeau(x) and Simon Standage and Micaela Comberti play violin. In addition, mandolins are played by James Tyler and Robin Jeffrey, Anthony Pleeth plays cello and Nigel North and Jakob Lindberg perform on the two theorbos.

The above list has been supplied simply because it vividly demonstrates the sheer variety of sounds to be experienced and enjoyed on this collection of concertos. it will also go towards appreciating that those sounds will be more associated with rustic activities rather than more formal events.

The six concertos themselves are 'alla rustica;' oboe and violin; 'con molti stromenti;' 2 violins; oboe; 2 mandolins.

Every one of these concertos offers music of real interest as well as a cornucopia of sounds not in regular usage today. They also vividly illustrate Vivaldi's enormous imaginative breadth and technical understanding.

There is not a weak moment here and I would suggest that this disc makes a very attractive purchase option.

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L'amoroso collection of concertos

This well recorded set of six concertos from 1986 makes a companion to the 'alla rustica' set of six concertos from 1985. Once more the selection introduces instruments other than solo strings and this makes for an interesting alternative to the many violin concertos. The disc takes its name from that of the violin concerto.

On this disc the six chosen concertos are a concerti for strings; one for flute; one for bassoon; one for viola d'amore and lute; one for violin (l'amoroso); one for oboe and bassoon. This selection is not as 'rustically' chosen as in the previous disc but nevertheless affords considerable aural variety.

As before, all the instruments are expertly played and Pinnock ensures that all are played with engaging decorum. The English Consort provides its customary excellent support. The uniformally excellent soloists on this occasion are David Reichenberg on oboe, Milan Turkovic on bassoon, Lisa Beznosiuk on transverse flute, Simon Standage on violin, Roy Goodman on Viola d'amore and Nigel North on lute.

The concertos, as a group, are a vivid demonstration of the breadth of Vivaldi's imagination and technical resources and the disc is a further valuable addition to our growing understanding of this prolific and gifted composer.

I would suggest that this is yet another superb disc to tempt potential enthusiasts of Vivaldi's music.

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Concertos for various instruments

This well recorded set of six concertos from 1993 makes a companion to the 'alla rustica' and L'amoroso' sets of six concertos from 1985 and 1986. Once more the selection introduces instruments other than solo strings and this makes for an interesting alternative to the many violin concertos.

On this disc the six chosen concertos are 2 concerti for strings; one for oboe; one for bassoon; one for 2 violins and 2 cellos; one for recorder; one for violin, 2 recorder, and 2 oboes. This selection is not as 'rustically' chosen as in the previous disc but nevertheless affords considerable aural variety.

As before, all the instruments are expertly played and Pinnock ensures that all are played with engaging decorum. The English Consort provides its customary excellent support. The uniformally excellent soloists on this occasion are Paul Goodwin and Lorraine Wood on oboe, Alberto Grazzi on bassoon, Peter Holtslag and Catherine Latham on recorder, Peter Hanson and Walter Reiter on violin and Jane Coe and David Watkin on cello.

The concertos, as a group, are a vivid demonstration of the breadth of Vivaldi's imagination and technical resources and the disc is a further valuable addition to our growing understanding of this prolific and gifted composer.

I would suggest that this is yet another superb disc to tempt potential enthusiasts of Vivaldi's music.

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