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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent set of flute concertos with three also known as recorder concertos, 1 Jan. 2014
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Vivaldi: Six Flute Concertos, Op.10 (Audio CD)
Opus 10 6 flute concertos

These six concertos, well recorded in 1985, feature the tranverse flute expertly played and in very good baroque style by Lisa Beznosiuk. These are not to be confused with the various recorder concertos.
These concertos also appear in other forms with different solo instruments and will therefore be familiar but not necessarily immediately recognised. The first three concertos, La tempesta di mare,' La notte and Il gardellino are the three known in other forms.

All six concertos make a satisfying whole as published and are played and recorded as well as the other discs led by Trevor Pinnock. The English Consort deliver both energetic and sympathetic supports as required. Only the last three of the concertos have claim to be the only versions of these six works but, as flute concertos, these are extremely well delivered by all concerned.

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both 'Il gardellino' (goldfinch) and 'La notte' are also known as recorder concertos and 'il gardellino' in particular suits the recorder particularly well having more of a bird song characteristic about its natural timbre. The tempesta di mare' is also known as a concerto for solo recorder, oboe, bassoon and violin. Those versions can be heard on a disc led by Biondi and also as recorded by Amarillis. There is a further option on a disc by Rebel. All of these alternatives provide superb playing and recording and choice will be matter of personal preference. My suggestion for collectors of multiple versions is to buy them all as they offer different insights of equal value and satisfaction while being different in emphasis.

Once more, Pinnock offers the middle ground done to perfection and ideal for repeat listening but I would suggest that purchasing at least one of the recorded alternatives featuring the solo recorder as above would be a very worthwhile investment.
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