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Vivaldi: Violin Concertos Vol. 2

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B000RG16VO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Concerto RV 232 in re maggiore: I. AllegroModo Antiquo 4:260.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Concerto RV 232 in re maggiore: II. LargoModo Antiquo 3:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Concerto RV 232 in re maggiore: III. AllegroModo Antiquo 3:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Concerto RV 264 in mi maggiore: I. Allegro ma PocoModo Antiquo 3:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Concerto RV 264 in mi maggiore: II. LargoModo Antiquo 2:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Concerto RV 264 in mi maggiore: III. AllegroModo Antiquo 2:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Concerto RV 325 in sol minore: I. AllegroModo Antiquo 3:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Concerto RV 325 in sol minore: II. AndanteModo Antiquo 1:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Concerto RV 325 in sol minore: III. AllegroModo Antiquo 2:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Concerto RV 353 in la maggiore: I. AllegroModo Antiquo 3:460.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Concerto RV 353 in la maggiore: II. AndanteModo Antiquo 2:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Concerto RV 353 in la maggiore: III. AllegroModo Antiquo 3:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Concerto RV 243 senza cantin in re minore: I. AllegroModo Antiquo 3:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Concerto RV 243 senza cantin in re minore: II. Andante moltoModo Antiquo 2:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Concerto RV 243 senza cantin in re minore: III. AllegroModo Antiquo 3:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Concerto RV 368 in si bemolle maggiore: I. AllegroModo Antiquo 3:490.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Concerto RV 368 in si bemolle maggiore: II. LargoModo Antiquo 3:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Concerto RV 368 in si bemolle maggiore: III. AllegroModo Antiquo 2:100.89  Buy MP3 


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This is the second volume of the Vivaldi edition to be dedicated to the violin concertos, and the six works featured represent music in which the composer pushes technique and virtuosity to the limit. They are collectively known as the concertos "Di Sfida", a term which effectively means "challenging". One of the pieces included, the amazing concerto RV 368, which is considered by many to be his most technically demanding work in this genre, is here receiving its world premiere recording.

The young German violinist Anton Steck is well known on the international musical scene as an outstanding soloist on the Baroque violin. He is regarded in the early music world as an interpreter who combines a high degree of technical perfection with expressive intensity and enthusiasm in performance. After studying the modern violin in Karlsruhe and the Baroque instrument in Amsterdam, he was engaged as leader with a number of ensembles, including Musica Antiqua Köln, Les Musiciens du Louvre and, since 2005, Concerto Köln. His speciality is the interpretation of virtuoso violin repertoire, which he champions both in concert and on many prize-winning recordings. He thereby pushes back the conventional limitations of playing technique, setting a challenge not only to himself but also to his audiences. In a review in the The Strad in 2005 Heather Kurzbauer wrote, "Combining scholarship with unabashed joie de vivre, Baroque violinist Anton Steck and fellow musicians prove that highbrow musicological research can mix with uninhibited performances."

His recordings of the early Mozart violin sonatas (with Robert Hill on fortepiano) and of sonatas by Johann Georg Pisendel (with Christian Rieger on harpsichord) were both awarded the Diapason d'Or, among other prizes. In addition to his numerous chamber music CDs with Christian Rieger and Marieke Spaans, Anton Steck also made the world premiere recording of the violin concertos of Mozart's contemporary Antonio Rosetti (KKO-Mannheim/Johannes Moesus).
The outstanding early music group Modo Antiquo under its conductor Federico Maria Sardelli has already appeared in recordings of Vivaldi"s music on Naive notably on the CD "Arie d'opera" (OP30411) and with Anna Caterina Antonacci (`Era la notte', V5050). They also feature in the Vivaldi Edition's new opera, 'Atenaïde', to be released in October 2007.

Personnel:
Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli - (conductor), Anton Steck - (violin)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This disc, well recorded in 2006, is the second set of violin concertos within the Vivaldi edition produced by Naive. The intention is to record all the Vivaldi scores held in the Turin Library. These constitute Vivaldi's private collection and include some 15 operas, several hundred concertos and a considerable amount of vocal music amounting to about 450 works. Many of these are currently unknown to the general public.

The final collection is likely to number about 100 discs and is due to be completed in 2015. Another feature of the collection is the concentration on a very wide range of performers and ensembles with very little repetition of personnel. In this regard, the standard maintained has so far been astonishingly high and the sheer quantity of musicians involved at that level has also been astonishing.

This disc is a good example, as the ensemble Modo Antiquo, established in 1984, has achieved an enviable reputation at the forefront of this period of music. The soloist, Anton Steck, also has a reputation as an oustanding 'period' violinist. The theme of the disc, the second in the series of violin concertos, is focussed on seven works grouped under the title of 'Di sfida', and are openly virtuosic in their considerable demands. These demands are fully met here but the music is more showy in intent than that to be found in the Four Seasons for example.

As part of the complete survey of Vivaldi violin concertos this is an important issue and will be an essential purchase for collectors interested in the complete series. However, for those looking for a more limited range, I would suggest that the are less obviously virtuosic discs in the series that might offer more musical satisfaction. Violinists will probably find this disc mind-bending in effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible virtuosity 17 May 2013
By GD
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This is Vol.II in the Naive 'Violin' Series, but blows the others away in terms of sheer virtuosity. I'm no violinist myself but all of the movements come across as incredibly difficult to play. That Steck delivers effortlessly on all of the technical demands, tells you everything you need to know about the virtuosity on show. (it would be very good to hear a practising violinist's opinion on these matters)

Unfortunately, it is perhaps for the reason of astonishing virtuosity, that the volume has been unfavourably compared with the other 4. Personally I think the view unwarranted, and have no hesitation myself in giving Vol.II 5 stars - enjoyed every minute.

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Separately: I understand the next disc in the Naive (Violin) run will be out in December '13. Featuring Vivaldi Double Concertos with violinists Dmitry Sinkovsky and Riccardo Minasi - an exciting prospect
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3.0 out of 5 stars Empty showmanship 3 Mar 2008
By Jon Chambers VINE VOICE
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'La sfida' is Italian for 'challenge'. The six concerti on this CD are linked in that they all pose particular technical challenges to the soloist - here, Anton Steck. The final allegro of RV264, for instance, relies for its effect on very fast arpeggios spanning all four strings. RV243, meanwhile, is marked 'senza cantin', without the top (E) string. The soloist is consequently forced to reach the upper notes using the A string in the 9th position - getting close to the bridge, in other words. Steck manages all of this without too much fuss. But the question remains: why bother? As an audition piece to see if the soloist has the necessary virtuosity, perhaps. But what is the reward for the listener, especially today when digital sound engineering can mask many a flaw? According to the booklet, these high positions on the lower strings produce a 'dense, muffled timbre ... redolent of the misty lagoon'. A poetic idea, perhaps, but not clearly discernible on my equipment.

For me, these concerti show Vivaldi (an immensely prolific, inventive and inspired composer) at his most showy and his least musical, in works that are, frankly, the complete opposite of those that feature in the excellent Volume 1. Thematically and harmonically, there is little to engage the listener (with the sole exception of the Concerto in g, RV325). If you like repeated passages of rapid, demi-semi-quavers, this could be for you. Otherwise, it will probably seem like virtuosity for virtuosity's sake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Virtuoso Music from Vivaldi 18 Oct 2008
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Di Sfida, roughly translated, means `the challenge' and the theme of this album is to point out the merits of virtuosity in Vivaldi violin concerti. Vivaldi is one of the most prolific composers of violin music, with his output of violin concerti at around 250. He wrote for a wide variety of players and levels, being a teacher, but his works tend to have a very high standard of playing overall. The concerti of this volume were most likely written for Vivaldi himself or other virtuosos of the time. Vivaldi began composing virtuoso works for the violin early in his career. His first peak, from this perspective, was in the area of 1712-1717. During this time he wrote out cadenzas that astounded his contemporaries. This album includes later works of high virtuosity, a period in which Vivaldi shied away from the cadenza, yet more smoothly incorporated extreme virtuosity into his artistic vision. The works here, possibly, the B flat major RV 368 aside, use virtuosity as a tool of expression, not as means to shock for its own sake. They are elaborate, highly original, and artistically ahead of their time. Anton Steck is fantastic as the soloist who, although not as polished or artistically vibrant as say, Guliano Carmignola, brings a brilliant enthusiasm for the music. He is able to tackle all of the toughest moments smoothly, only scrimping in a few pinpoints on the B flat major concerto. Modo Antiquo is a fine baroque orchestra with energy approaching Steck's. The sound of the ensemble is a little dry and distant compared to the soloist, however. The works included are:

RV 232 in D major. This concerto is a parade of brilliance, and one of Vivaldi's best concertos. The standard of virtuosity is very high throughout. The concentration of musical ideas and spontaneity of writing is impressive. The slow movement is oddly arresting between the dashing, audacious outer movements. All three movements are fantastic.

RV 264 in E major. This piece has a jovial, humorous tone. Vivaldi includes dance rhythms and unexpected turns to charm the listener. The slow movement is slight, but starkly beautiful.

RV 325 in G minor. Minor key harmony is a welcome contrast here. Vivaldi's G minor is turbulent, with gaps of melancholy. This concerto is probably the oldest work on this album and it has a rustic feel. This recording, though good, is not as dynamic as Carmignola's version.

RV 353 in A major. Much more modern in sound, this concerto feels like the beginning of Rococo aesthetic. There are cantabile passages, mixed with angular and speedy ones, all garishly garnished, creating an almost satiric tone at times. But overall it is a pleasant piece as evidenced by its short, song-like slow movement.

RV 243 in D minor. This concerto requires the violinist to not use the E string and tune up the G string to A. An already difficult work becomes extremely so with the omission of the E string. Far from an empty (though novel) exercise in virtuosity, this requirement creates a muted plaintive tone that fits perfectly with the material. The slow movement will disarm you.

RV 368 in B flat major. This work is a fitting closer. It is reported to be Vivaldi's most difficult work-the harbinger of Paganini. The violinist is required to move between ranges with the quickest ease, and the almost bizarre arpeggiation, spanning all four strings, push the bow and fingers to the limit. The orchestral part is slick and disarming, not preparing the listener for the thoroughly entertaining solos. This piece is a must have for any Vivaldi fan, and I am unaware of another recording of it. This CD is highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the fine series of violin concertos on the Naive label 19 May 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This disc, well recorded in 2006, is the second set of violin concertos within the Vivaldi edition produced by Naive. The intention is to record all the Vivaldi scores held in the Turin Library. These constitute Vivaldi's private collection and include some 15 operas, several hundred concertos and a considerable amount of vocal music amounting to about 450 works. Many of these are currently unknown to the general public.

The final collection is likely to number about 100 discs and is due to be completed in 2015. Another feature of the collection is the concentration on a very wide range of performers and ensembles with very little repetition of personnel. In this regard, the standard maintained has so far been astonishingly high and the sheer quantity of musicians involved at that level has also been astonishing.

This disc is a good example, as the ensemble Modo Antiquo, established in 1984, has achieved an enviable reputation at the forefront of this period of music. The soloist, Anton Steck, also has a reputation as an oustanding 'period' violinist. The theme of the disc, the second in the series of violin concertos, is focussed on seven works grouped under the title of 'Di sfida', and are openly virtuosic in their considerable demands. These demands are fully met here but the music is more showy in intent than that to be found in the Four Seasons for example.

As part of the complete survey of Vivaldi violin concertos this is an important issue and will be an essential purchase for collectors interested in the complete series. However, for those looking for a more limited range, I would suggest that the are less obviously virtuosic discs in the series that might offer more musical satisfaction. Violinists will probably find this disc mind-bending in effect.

I would suggest that this disc will therefore likely appeal mostly to violinists simply on technical grounds. Others may wish to explore discs 1, 2, 3 and 5 in the series before this with other satisfactions in mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well performed Vivaldi concertos 2 Jun 2013
By Tero - Published on Amazon.com
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As mentioned, there are at least 5 of these CDs in the Naive series now. There won't be but one familiar concerto on most discs. The melodies are pleasant enough, even if the concertos were written to show the skills of the virtuoso.

All discs have a different violinist, so they got to concentrate on just six concertos. Thus there is none of the rehearse and play you get on some Naxos discs for example (However, the Naxos Dresden 4 disc series is comparable to these).

RV3223 and the ending RV368 stand out in my memory as melodic and entertaining.

As none of the discs are any of the widely recorded Opus concertos, you will have to buy several of these to get something new and likable. Perhaps, as mentioned, volume I and V are a little more outstanding overall than the rest. Enter Naive Vivaldi Edition and La Caccia or Per Pisendel to locate those disks.

This disc, however, is pleasant from beginning to end.
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