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4.0 out of 5 stars not that bad
Opus 10 is a decent set of fluent late baroque concerti. Anyone wishing the explosive and to my mind irritating ( on repeated listening ) accounts of baroque music a la Mus. Ant Koln / Goebel or Manze , Biondi etc will probably not like this rather smooth comparatively sedate playing on modern instruments. You can hardly hear the harpsichord which can't be a bad thing...
Published on 19 Dec 2007 by A. Chapman

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3.0 out of 5 stars Late Albinoni
At prices like these, Apex's set of Albinoni's Opus 10 concerti for violin offer excellent value. Especially so given that Giuliano Carmignola is the soloist in four of the six concerti offered on this second CD (although for accuracy's sake two of the six accredited to him are in fact ripieno concerti - for strings without soloist). Piero Toso is the other solo...
Published on 17 Dec 2007 by Jon Chambers


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3.0 out of 5 stars Late Albinoni, 17 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Albinoni: Concertos Op.10, Nos. 7-12 (Audio CD)
At prices like these, Apex's set of Albinoni's Opus 10 concerti for violin offer excellent value. Especially so given that Giuliano Carmignola is the soloist in four of the six concerti offered on this second CD (although for accuracy's sake two of the six accredited to him are in fact ripieno concerti - for strings without soloist). Piero Toso is the other solo violinist. Carmignola, of course, is a great exponent of the Italian Baroque - perhaps we should make that THE great exponent.

But although my three star rating is arguably harsh, these recordings aren't as astonishingly dynamic as those of the Vivaldi concerti Carmignola made with Andrea Marcon on the Sony label. Carmignola shows the same mastery of technique, but the sound he creates here is much more conventional. There are probably several reasons for this. One is that the soloist recorded these pieces in 1979, at the start of his career. The sound he makes is not yet that of his maturity. (His vibrato in this early phase, for instance, is a constant feature, rather than the more subtle and varied embellishment it has become in his later career.) Another reason is probably technical - those Sony engineers created miraculously multi-layered recordings in 2000-2002. This recording, although DDD, is undeniably flatter. Another reason is that the ensemble isn't as colourful as a really modern, historically informed one - there are no theorboes, lutes or chamber organs here to provide variety and authenticity in the continuo. A final reason is that these late Albinoni concerti just aren't that compelling - they're often charming, and never less than competent, but rarely seat-gripping. As is often the case with Vivaldi, the concerti in minor keys are more dramatic and engaging. Here, that means No 8 in g, and No 11 in what is actually C major but often feels more like the minor key.

As the informative accompanying notes tell us, the Opus 10 set soon fell into complete oblivion. It would, perhaps, still be languishing on a dusty shelf today if it hadn't been for the efforts of academic Michael Talbot, who discovered a copy in Leufsta Castle in Sweden. In rescuing music of the Italian Baroque from undeserved neglect, Talbot has made something of a name for himself. His identification of Vivaldi's masterful violin sonatas in Manchester's Public Library was a major triumph. So too is this rediscovery, but the Opus 10 would really benefit from an updated recording.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not that bad, 19 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Albinoni: Concertos Op.10, Nos. 7-12 (Audio CD)
Opus 10 is a decent set of fluent late baroque concerti. Anyone wishing the explosive and to my mind irritating ( on repeated listening ) accounts of baroque music a la Mus. Ant Koln / Goebel or Manze , Biondi etc will probably not like this rather smooth comparatively sedate playing on modern instruments. You can hardly hear the harpsichord which can't be a bad thing ! Albinonis cti. have the advantage of excellent slow movements quite lyrical and more than just a period of killing time between two allegros a la Vivaldi. I think this disc is preferable to the one with cti. 1-6. Well played non astringent. My one reservation is the recorded sound which took me a little time to become used to. This is very bright and fairly resonant though certainly warm sound. I suspect if these were written by Vivaldi many would be recording them. Not exactly ground breaking music I'll concede. As it is I am surprised the Early Music usual suspects have steered clear when one considers they are usually queueing up to do another unnecessary set of Brandenburgs. It would have been interesting to hear the English Concert of old doing these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 27 Oct 2013
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just what I was looking for. it was for a specific occasion and was just what was required at the time. it will continue to be used.
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