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4.0 out of 5 stars Novelties - at a price, 20 Feb 2013
Jon Chambers (Birmingham, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Vivaldi: Nuova Stagione (Audio CD)
There are interesting parallels here with another new Vivaldi release - La Porta delle Muse, by Florian Deuter and Harmonie Universelle. Both feature cardboard CD sleeves (I hope this isn't a new trend - some of us like to take the CD out in the rain, to the car, for example!). Both also feature intriguing essays by Olivier Fourés. Fourés, indeed, is responsible for the music of both CDs, as editor or reconstructor. And both offer previously unheard work.

But despite the current CD offering wonderful playing, sparkling music and completely convincing reconstruction, it is the other CD that wins the plaudits. As with Amandine Beyer/Gli Incogniti's other Vivaldi release to date, world premiere work is coupled with very well-known pieces. This is strange programming, since completely new compositions (like the Concerto for violin and organ, RV 808, reconstructed by Fourés) are likely to appeal to those who already have the better-known concertos several times over.

This is not to deny the CD's obvious merits. Beyer herself plays with great sensitivity and assurance. Gli Incogniti are superb. The concertos are among Vivaldi's best. But they have been done before elsewhere, often superlatively - like the Concerto for violin in d, RV235, released by Carmignola back in 2002 and by no means surpassed here.

In her programme note which introduces the booklet, Amandine Beyer explains that this CD is intended to celebrate the mutlifaceted talents of Vivaldi, in direct defiance of the oft-quoted remark that he composed the same concerto 555 times. But she might have been better advised to offer a more radical programming mix, with the emphasis on the previously unheard.
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