While I am not a big fan of Vivaldi, although I do have a few Vivaldi compositions in my classical collection of CDs (classical music makes up about half of my 1000+ disc CD collection that includes many genres of music). I have never been too excited, either, over classical music presented on period instruments --- the few CDs that I have where the music is on period instruments I have enjoyed much less, the sounds from them seem rather dull and oftentimes off-key, probably a condition from the period instruments themselves. This has caused me to avoid purchasing any period instrument classics.
But after reading a recent glowing review of this CD in one of the prominent audiophile magazines, I decided to give it a try. I can only say that the review was right on, this is a splendid CD, produced very well, the music played with a clarity I have not heard from any other Vivaldi, the skills of the musicians superb, and the detail from the period instruments sounds magnificent. If this CD does not get a listener interested in Vivaldi, or classical music, for that matter, no CD can. I know that this CD will be listened to often, it is that good. My recommendation is to anyone -- give this CD a try, put it into your player, turn up the volume, sit back and get comfortable in the sweet spot, prepare yourself for a real concert, and let yourself just get behind the sounds and wrapped into the musical presentation. This is classical music enjoyment at its best. It is how classical music on CDs should be recorded and produced.