The majority of the works presented here were recorded and originally released over a decade ago. Only the two concertos featuring mandolin are newly recorded.
It is a pity that the recording dates are not clearly noted on the outer sleeve, as this would make it clear that this is basically a re-release, with just a few tracks added. Many will buy this thinking it is a new look at the lute concertos from Lislevand, when in fact it is the old one in disguise.
Having said that, the older release is now hard-to-find and was exceptionally good. It was only spoiled by very short playing time. So it could be argued that fault has now been addressed and the new mandolin concerto recordings make a welcome, belated and easily-accomodated entry to fill out the disc.
The mandolin movements are handled in typical Lislevand style, full of flair and total command. The sound does not clash with the earlier recordings, despite the definite benefits a decade has given to the newer recordings.
No Lislevand admirer will be disappointed with his latest work. It's just a pity that for most of his followers, two-thirds of this CD will already be in their libraries.
However, for those coming to Lislevand's Vivaldi recordings for the first time, this is the full package and no better CD of this repertoire is to be found.