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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best there is, 9 Dec. 2007
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Jon Chambers (Birmingham, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Late Violin Concertos (Audio CD)
It is hard to fault this superlative CD. On every level, compositionally, artistically and technically, musicians and production engineers combine to create what must surely be one of the great Baroque recordings.

For once, the excellent accompanying notes (by Benjamin Folkman) do not exaggerate their claims. First, Folkman dismisses the ridiculous adage that Vivaldi rewrote the same concerto 555 times then goes on to discuss Vivaldi's 'late style', in which continuity gives way to quirky irregularity, and an increasingly 'Neapolitanized' diversity of background replaces somewhat uniform and predictable precursors.

This new, more expansive, Vivaldi is given the treatment it deserves by Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. For me, modern interpretations of Baroque compositions, with their greater respect for original instrumentation, colouring and playing styles, have transformed the listening experience over the last twenty years or so. And nowhere is this more true than in Sony/Marcon's current series. What used to be a rather ubiquitous and monotonous harpsichord continuo is augmented here by the full panolply of exotic instruments (theorboes, arch lutes, baroque guitars, violone and chamber organ) of the kind that Vivaldi would have encountered and exploited to the full at the Pietà. They add a completely new dimension in themselves and you are occasionally left wondering what possible combination of instruments could produce sounds so utterly unlike those of their constituent parts. Carmignola, meanwhile, is at his peerless best.

This life-enhancing CD was a real revelation for me some years back. It has been a regular visitor to the CD player ever since.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmignola continues to excite and to excel in his Vivaldi series, 17 Nov. 2013
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This disc, very well recorded in 2000, once more introduces more of Vivaldi's violin concerto output to the world. In this case the focus is on the output of his final years.

This was a period when Vivaldi took the unusual step of selling manuscripts to wealthy patrons rather than to publishers. The intention seems to have been to receive greater payments from what amounted to limited editions for collectors rather than maximising sales through publishers and recieving payment by quantity of sales.

The result for current musicians is that these scores are harder to find and are therefore more of an event when they are located. As the scores are the product of Vivaldi's last years when he was competing against greater competition in this field of the violin concerto, these scores are arguably more inventive and interesting than some of his previous output. That is the opinion expressed in the sleeve notes and generally I think they have a point.

The six concertos presented here are all of interest and are played superbly by all concerned - soloist, orchestra and by their musical director on continuo.

As this disc does not involve doubling with other collections I would suggest that the way is clear to consider it as of prime interest as a purchase. Owners of other Carmignola recordings will know what to expect and they will not be disappointed. Those who do not know his other recordings are in for a treat as well as an education.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendent moments, 5 Feb. 2010
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M. Williams "Matt Williams" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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There are sublime moments when listening to this CD that are like those I experience when listening to Rachmaninov's Vespers. I find myself listening in awe.

Obviously part of this is Vivaldi's original composition, but the playing has such a deft touch - phrases that could be clumsy and boring in the wrong hands because they are repetitious are a joy to listen to here.
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