...Vivaldi wrote the same concerto 500 times (as Stravinsky apparently did), especially not if you listen to this amazingly varied collection of seven concerti, all of which (except one) bear evocative names which picture the mood - "L'inquietudine", "Concerto funebre" (based on a theme from Tito Manlio in which it was used in a scene involving a procession to an execution), "La tempesta di mare" (waves tossing a boat in the storm), "La notte" (eerie and ghostly), "Per eco in lontano" (in which the strings from afar - the fact that the girl players at the Pietà were always hidden behind a screen no doubt intensifying the effect for contemporary audiences - echo the soloist) and "Il ripose - per il Natale".
Vivaldi's skill and experience as a musical dramatist from his composition of operas is evident in these works, which benefit from being performed here by one of the greatest exponents of Vivaldi, Fabio Biondi, and his team of players "Europa Galante". Sound recording is excellent. There are some brief but useful notes. It's something of a must-have disc, whether for anyone building a Vivaldi collection or just dipping into the water and sampling the work of the Red Priest.