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Vivaldi: Six Late Violin Concertos Import

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Giuliano Carmignola was born in Treviso, where his violinist father discovered and encouraged his son’s passion for music and where the Vivaldi renaissance began 50 years ago. Luigi Ferro, his first teacher at the Venice Conservatory, was a soloist with the Scuola Veneziana Orchestra that Angelo Ephrikian created in 1947 to perform Vivaldi’s music. He later played with the Virtuosi ... Read more in Amazon's Giuliano Carmignola Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Class
  • ASIN: B00005NUPP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto in C major for violin, RV177
2. Concerto in B flat major for violin, RV375
3. Concerto in D major for violin, RV222
4. Concerto in E minor for violin, RV273
5. Concerto in F major for violin, RV295
6. Concerto in C major for violin, RV191

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This premiere recording of six Vivaldi violin concertos is full of surprises. The works are entirely unknown because, unlike his other compositions, they were written not for publication but for substantial private commissions from wealthy patrons. Dating from his most mature years, they exhibit a style very different from his earlier concertos, which often sound almost mass-produced. Though they are still cast in the customary three movements and are full of the usual sequences, they are more unpredictable, dramatic and daring--adventurous in form, harmony, and texture, with sudden contrasts of mood, character, and expression. The slow movements are meltingly beautiful, but no two concertos are alike, either in detail or overall effect. Some movements hardly seem to hang together; they appear to consist of collages of motives, punctuated by bursts of virtuosity. The performance is equally unconventional. Giuliano Carmignola, as he demonstrated on his previous Vivaldi recording, is a formidable virtuoso who projects spontaneity, vitality, and expressiveness. In solo parts bristling with runs, often into the highest register, trills, double stops and arpeggios, he displays breathtaking speed and facility, total command of every style of bowing and articulation, and a ravishing, powerful, infinitely variable tone. Except for the harpsichord, the orchestral instruments, tuned to normal pitch, hardly sound Baroque--their tone is full-blooded and varied. By using two harpsichords and a lute, conductor Andrea Marcon achieves percussive effects sometimes resembling gunshots, and the playing is by turns brilliant, lyrical and exciting. --Edith Eisler

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This disc definitely proves that Vivaldi did not write the same concerto 500 times....
The music is immediately recognisable as Vivaldi, yet the twists and turns of the composing will delight any one with a more than passing aquaintance with his works.
Carmignola is astonishing, a mentor to many modern Italian musicians and you can hear why. The Venice Baroque under Marcon are in the vanguard of Italian ensembles regaining the baroque period performance high-ground.
Give yourself a treat and buy it.
Stef Lachin
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gabrial on 7 Feb. 2006
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The best Vivaldi album (with C's others). The shock's not quite up to Harnoncourt in 197... whatever it was, but that's only because at the time that was like having your ears syringed. This is splendid - fiery, capricious, in key, unmannered (deep down), Venetian (i..e mixed), and often mysterious. The band is not QUITE perfect. but Sign. C is.
Burn your Kennedy (not incitement - I mean the Cds).
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