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Vivarte Collection [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 60
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00AOTZ156
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Product Description

VIVARTE is the legendary Sony Classical period music label known for producing outstanding recordings on period instruments. The recordings by legendary producer Wolf Erichson are made with the best recording technologies available and by one of the best production teams in the world (Tritonus Music Production, Stuttgart). The collection contains a perfect overview of VIVARTE's legendary catalogue ranging from Vivaldi to Brahms including recordings with specialists in historically informed performance practice such as Anner Bylsma, Gustav Leonhardt, Tafelmusik, Huelgas Ensemble, L'Archibudelli among others. Many of the recordings received critical acclaim all over the world and won prestigious awards. This box set includes CDs presented in paper sleeves with the original artwork, a 250 page booklet with track listings and the original liner notes for each recording.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good box 4 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good box and an outstanding bargain. As there isn't a full list on this page of the discs in the box, I have put one at the end of this review and it is obvious that there is a wealth of excellent music here in fine performances. Individual reviews would take far too long, but a glance down the list of composers and performers should be enough.

There is a huge variety and obviously some works and performances will appeal to you more than others. Personally, I'm not all that keen on Lutz Kirchoff's Bach, for example, or a whole disc of organ music even if it is played by Gustav Leonhardt, but others will disagree and there's great stuff here from people like L'Archibudelli, Paul van Nevel, Anner Bylsma, Tafelmusik, Gustav Leonhardt and others.

These are recordings from the late 1980s and 1990s which stand up very well both in performance and recording quality. The box is well presented with a good booklet with (I think) all the original notes (in English only) from every disc. At this price for 60 CDs you really can't go far wrong and I would warmly recommend this box.

1-2. BACH
The Works for Lute in Original Keys and Tunings
-Lutz Kirchhof

3 Gambensonaten / Sonate A-Dur
-Anner Bylsma / Bob Van Asperen

4. The Harpsichord in the Netherlands
-Bob Van Asperen

Secular Cantatas BWV 206 & 207a
-Frieder Bernius

Missa Longa
-Philipp Cieslewicz / Carsten Muller / Tolzer Knabenchor

Divertimento K.334 & K.247

Divertimento K.563

Stteichquintett D.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For ......sake buy it now. 11 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This must be a bargain at £29.50 for 60 CD in comparison with Presto and MDT.This a steal with a booklet that has extensive notes of each CD.The sound is excellent and no complain.The quality of playing by individual and orchestra is fanatic.listen to Bach cello sonata and I never heard play like this and really enjoyed it.There is no need to write an extensive review as I am sure Ultrarunner will do an excellent job.have one complain about Amazon as I am buying too much classical box set at at give away price.i am buying any cd from record shop as they are expensive.
.This box set at Presto is over £100.Highly recommended and buy it before the price goes up.This is a bargain of any century
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vite Vivarte-Initial impressions 12 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Initial joy on receiving this beautiful presentation box was somewhat spoiled by a nasty donk on one corner,showing that this heavy (60 cds) box had been dropped, and matching damage on outer-box corner, points to the carrier (Yodel)...Blame is however shared by Amazon who WILL persist in using brown packing paper to wedge heavy contents in one corner of outer-box, instead of nesting contents centrally. Not the first time I have had to tell them of this, so one star only for that.
Delighted to see that each cd card sleeve has its own design, sometimes the original, but always historical and attractive, rather than repeated identical ones. Quick summary list of contents is on bottom of box ( ! ), but there is a good 60 page index in the specially prepared book (total of 245 pages, ALL in English ! - and with different authors, so probably the original notes). Recordings are all in 20 bit DDD, so 5 stars, well deserved.
Wide choice of composers- all the usual favourites, (though not always their most popular works) plus less well-known, like Schutz, Franchomme and Weiss, and to me, unknown, like Agricola and Gombert . Surprises abound, and no doubt many pleasures await !
As for performances, too early to tell, but if all are of quality of my existing Vivarte series, should be among the best. Guesstimate must be High, some good names here..Archibudelli, Tafelmusik, Anner Bylsma seem to predominate, but many others
Overall, a good bargain,well-presented in a lovely box, Enjoy !
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 1 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a superb box with some historical recordings and we must be happy as we can dispose of it now for a great price. 60 beautiful CDs. The edition is not luxurious, ok, but fort such a price...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant value 15 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't think of another way to own such a superb collection of music than this way - and all for under 40 quid!!

I had only 3 duplications in my CD collection that still left this box set the most superb value for money.
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