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Vivaldi - Edition [40cd boxset] [Box set]

Various Artists , Vivaldi , None Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (15 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 40
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B003XKDEX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concertos Op. 3, 4, 8 & 9,
2. Cello Concertos,
3. Bassoon Concertos,
4. Oboe Concertos,
5. Recorder Concertos,
6. Mandolin And Lute Concertos,
7. Concertos And Symphonies For Strings,
8. Opera Overtures,
9. Concertos With Organ Obbligato,
10. Concertos Transcribed For Organ By J.s Bach,
11. Concertos For Strings,
12. Concerti Di Camera,
13. Concertos For Diverse Instruments,
14. Concertos For Multiple Instruments,
15. Cello Sonatas,
16. Sonatas For Cello And Basso Continuo,
17. Sonatas And Trios For Flutes And Continuo,
18. Il Teuzzone,
19. Cantatas For Soprano And Alto,
20. Cantatas For Soprano And Basso Continuo,
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Stravinsky's acid comment that Vivaldi composed one concerto 500 times is easily dismissed when one hears the sheer variety and wealth of invention contained on these 40CDs. His use of instrumental colouring, and creative use of programmatic themes- most famously in the first four concertos op8 known as the Four Seasons , and op8 No.5 The Storm at Sea show him to be a master of orchestration. His concertos also came to the attention of the young J.S Bach, who admired the Venetian master greatly, transcribing some of the concertos for organ. Vivaldi was one of the great violinist-composers of the baroque, and his dramatic and distinctive treatment of the concerto was hugely influential. These CDs contain all his known concertos, and several receiving their premiere performances, plus his chamber music and choral settings including the famous Gloria and an example of his stagework the Drama with music Il Teuzzone in 3 acts. All recent recordings. Performers include Fabio Biondi, Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo. Alessandrini, Il Giardino Armonica, I Musici, Heinz Holliger, Rachel Podger, English Chamber Orchestra.

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 60% 4 star - 40 per cent rubbish 2 Jun 2011
This set isn't up to the same standards as the Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Or Beethoven Complete Edition sets that Brilliant Classics has been having recent success with. Without writing a long review that most people won't read - let me divide the set into three sections and rate according to performance and sound.

The Concertos. Performances: 4 star (on the average), Sound: 4 star on the average. The first 25 of the 40 discs in the set are various concertos and families of concertos by what appears to be every ensemble in Italy that even serious classical music collectors have never heard of. Don't let that put you off. Most of these performances are quite good, and the sound engineering is intimate, but with the perfect amount of echo, reverb, and presence. Detailed, warm in some cases, and others seem to be missing a little on the low end. Nothing you can't fix with the treble and bass controls on your stereo. My only complaint, and it is pretty consistent with Brilliant Classics 40 disc collections...allegro doesn't seem to ever really be allegro. It's nursing home allegro. For best performances of these works go to the Naive label, or pick up the Fabio Biondi recordings. You'll pay the big bucks, but those recordings have energy, which this set lacks - hence, four vs. five stars.

The Sonatas: Performances: 3 stars. Sound: 5 stars. These are OK performances, but they don't pack enough energy to really get these pieces across. The engineering is quite good though. Intimate and close, but not claustraphobic. I do appreciate the smaller ensemble take on these pieces, and for their lack of energy, these recordings have a charming air about them that is pleasing to the ear. If they could have sped the tempos up about 4 to 8 beats per measure these would have been perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting beyond the Four Seasons 1 Sep 2012
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I bought this as a birthday present for my wife, and suffice it to say she loves it. Indeed, we both often dip into it. Of course it all started with the Four Seasons, and the version included here is great. I seem to recall once hearing that Stravinsky said something along the lines of Vivaldi having written the same piece 300 times. Well, whilst music of this era does often have a certain kind of formulaic predictability, and furthermore Vivaldi does recycle his ideas to some degree, as is evidenced in several places in this set (although not enough to support Stravinsky's criticism), nevertheless the music has both sufficient variety and homogeneity to both interest and not disappoint.

This isn't a complete set, like the staggering 160 disc Bach set (also by Brilliant Classics), but it is both excellent value and packed with delightful music. Whereas our further explorations of Holst, a journey begun via his stupendous Planets Suite (predictably enough), whilst interesting, have been something of a disappointment (plenty of great music, but nothing coming close to the magnificence of the Planets Suite), our growing acquaintance with Vivaldi is proving a more consistent listening pleasure. Sure, The Four Seasons remains a peak achievement in his repertoire, fully deserving it's wide renown, but there's nothing we've heard yet that disappoints, and a lot (the flute, cello and mandolin concertos all immediately spring to mind, having recently been on the CD player) is downright lovely.

Not really got stuck into the cantatas yet, as that's not a favourite aspect of this period with either of us, but as far as everything else goes we both get seemingly endless hours of pleasure from this collection, and we've still not heard it all by a long stretch!
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3.0 out of 5 stars 60% 4 star - 40% garbage 2 Jun 2011
By Kelvin Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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This set isn't up to the same standards as the Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Or Beethoven Complete Edition sets that Brilliant Classics has been having recent success with. Let me divide the set into three sections and rate according to performance and sound.

The Concertos. Performances: 4 star (on the average), Sound: 4 star on the average. The first 25 of the 40 discs in the set are various concertos and families of concertos by what appears to be every ensemble in Italy that even serious classical music collectors have never heard of. Don't let that put you off. Most of these performances are quite good, and the sound engineering is intimate, but with the perfect amount of echo, reverb, and presence. Detailed, warm in some cases, and others seem to be missing a little on the low end. Nothing you can't fix with the treble and bass controls on your stereo. My only complaint, and it is pretty consistent with Brilliant Classics 40 disc collections...allegro doesn't seem to ever really be allegro. It's nursing home allegro. For best performances of these works go to the Naive label, or pick up the Fabio Biondi recordings. You'll pay the big bucks, but those recordings have energy, which this set lacks - hence, four vs. five stars.

The Sonatas: Performances: 3 stars. Sound: 5 stars. These are OK performances, but they don't pack enough energy to really get these pieces across. The engineering is quite good though. Intimate and close, but not claustraphobic. I do appreciate the smaller ensemble take on these pieces, and for their lack of energy, these recordings have a charming air about them that is pleasing to the ear. If they could have sped the tempos up about 4 to 8 beats per measure these would have been perfect.

The Choral Works: Performances: 1 star. Sound: Doesn't matter. These performances are so bad it is embarrassing. Cantatas by women that sound old enough to bury. Men that have been chasing ponies from Rome to Denmark. Choirs and orchestras that sound like they've been around since Vivaldi wrote these pieces. What may have worked on the Bach Complete Edition doesn't work well here. The Netherland Bach Collegium and the Holland Boys Choirs aren't so bad as far as original instrument groups go, but the no vibrato, no vocal blend, unsteady intonation - all the fault of the director and record producer - make for an unpleasant listening experience. The up side is you want to find better versions of these and add them to your collection. They butcher the Gloria (and not the famous one we hear at Christmas), the Stabat Matter, the Dixit and the Nisi Dominus, and a few other minor pieces that you wouldn't want to hear if they were recorded by Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir. Am I being a little hard on them? Yes, I suppose so, but this is a product and I am consumer. If the steam iron isn't perfect, I can return it. With CDs and DVDs, all we have is "caveat emptor." Buyer beware.

And if you think that isn't bad enough, there is that recorder genius, Erik Bosgraaf. Playing so bad it will make you laugh out loud. The Recorder Concertos are by far the worst CD in this set.

If they hadn't dropped the ball on the choral CDs in this set, I could recommend it whole heartedly, despite the Bosgraaf recordings. But for the asking price, you can pick up some great recordings,used, on Amazon that are top notch. The Viktoria Mullova/Il Giardino Armonico Violin Concertos Vivaldi: Violin Concertos are to die for, and anything by Fabio Biondi is worth sampling. Again, the Naive label has dedicated itself to getting 5 star recordings of Vivaldi's whole catalog, and expensive as they are, they are well worth collecting. If you are thinking about purchasing this set, divide the current price by 25, and ask yourself if you think it is worth it. I commend Brilliant Classics for what they are attempting to do, which is make discovering classical music affordable. These sets are works in progress. The Beethoven Complete Edition and the Mozart and Haydn Complete Editions are excellent investments. The Handel Portrait set I purchased last week was a complete waste of money. I would sincerely love to see Jed Wentz and his Musica ad Rhenum, a BC regular, pull in his Amsterdam Conservatory resources, re-record the choral selections and replace some of the yawns with more exciting pieces and have Brilliant Classics commision new recordings of these pieces. In fact, they should let him supervise all of the Baroque sets from now on.

PS. And one last recommendation. Nave Classics has a three-for-the-price of one boxed set of highlights from three Vivaldi operas from their highly lauded Vivaldi Edition releases. Opera Highlights: Vivaldi Edition Warning: This will forever change your expectation of what Baroque music should sound like. Euphoria and addiction sure to follow.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum 29 Oct 2012
By Dr. Thomas C. Schunk - Published on Amazon.com
The performances here are average at best. If you want outstanding and very consistent renditions, try the I Musici or I Solisti Veneti boxes--though they are a little dated, all are magnificent. If you are looking for more energy or intensity, try the recordings featuring Giulano Carmignola, usually with the Venice Baroque Orchestra.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Vivaldi like I do... 24 Feb 2013
By S. Ihadi - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love Vivaldi like I do, you won't be disappointed. The price is great! It works out about $1.10 per CD. Can't be beat. The music is great. The sound is great. I am not a musicologist like the other two reviewers here. I loved all the CDs - even the Recorder Concertos. There are really no bad music here. Vivaldi was and is a genius. He is a lot more than the 'Four Seasons' that everyone knows by him. There are great surprises here musically. The box is no frill with no liner notes/booklet or anything which is a bloody shame. I would have liked to learn a little bit more about all the pieces but hey for $50 you get 40 CDs! Relax and enjoy and be happy to be alive to hear this wonderful music from the heavens.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value 14 July 2013
By sergei kochkin - Published on Amazon.com
As with all Brilliant classic sets there is no better way to hear a vast library of musical creations of a composer. Of course we all have the best of Vivaldi on famous labels by famous performers....but the average classical music lover would seldom track down all of his works especially his more obscure works and pay $10-15 per CD. This boxed set which has fine sound quality and performances offers us the possibility of discovering works by Vivaldi that we would never consider at low risk. I was lucky and able to get a set at around $50. If you like Vivaldi and the great composers get all the Brilliant classic boxed sets. You may discover a composition of extraordinary beauty and then search for a better recording on a top notch label. To be honest a lot of the music is mediocre, but who cares at this price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic performance! 1 July 2013
By Michel Mendes - Published on Amazon.com
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All interpretations are perfect. It sounds like a real Baroque ensemble. The pieces are organized in a very didactic and easy to find sequence. Great!
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