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Vivaldi: Il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'invenzione CD

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  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (24 Jan. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Veritas x 2
  • ASIN: B000031WJ9
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I. Allegro
  2. II. Largo
  3. III. Allegro
  4. I. Allegro
  5. II. Adagio
  6. III. Presto
  7. I. Allegro
  8. II. Adagio molto
  9. III. Allegro
  10. I. Allegro non molto
  11. II. Largo
  12. III. Allegro
  13. I. Presto
  14. II. Largo
  15. III. Presto
  16. I. Allegro
  17. II. Largo
  18. III. Allegro
  19. I. Allegro
  20. II. Largo
  21. III. Allegro

Disc: 2

  1. I. Allegro
  2. II. Largo
  3. III. Allegro
  4. I. Allegro
  5. II. Largo
  6. III. Allegro
  7. I. Allegro
  8. II. Adagio
  9. III. Allegro
  10. I. Allegro
  11. II. Largo
  12. III. Allegro
  13. I. Allegro
  14. II. Largo
  15. III. Allegro
  16. I. Allegro
  17. II. Andante
  18. III. Allegro
  19. I. Allegro molto
  20. II. Andante (molto)
  21. III. Allegro

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Fine performances by the ensemble and the soloist(s) from 1990, which protects you from the overly-fast performances of some of the newer recordings. I would not call it outstanding, but it is a bargain at the price, so one can excuse the somewhat short notes of this double CD. They would also make a good present for anyone starting out in search of Vivaldi's music.
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I am one who enjoys listening to an entire work rather than just parts of a composition. For example, I never buy recordings with only arias and choruses. I want to hear the entire piece! "The Four Seasons" is undoubtedly incredible, but they are only four concertos of a work that is made up of twelve concertos! The work is called "Il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'invenzione" ("The Contest Between Harmony and Invention"). Throughout you can hear the theme Vivaldi was portraying as there are some similarities between the pieces! Overall it is awesome and the Ragland Baroque Players perform fantastically! I highly recommend this CD!
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HASH(0x9e122954) out of 5 stars Not the average 4 seasons...better. 20 April 2000
By Bank of America - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Vivaldi's four seasons needs no introduction, nor any avertising. The first movement of the spring concerto can be heard on elevators, tv commercials, fancy restaurants, or any other place where the atmosphere requires such decorum.
All this aside, this four seasons performance deserves some attention. First, this cd not only has the famed four sesons, but it also has the rest of the concertos that makes up the entire published work (op.8) commonly called the 'Contest Between Harmony and Invention'. This cd not only makes for an enjoyable listening experience, but also makes for a great collector's item. Any serious classical music collector can tell anyone that cds containing full works are better as collections than cds having highlights or excerpts.
In addition, Ms. Huggett's playing style is a joy to listen. As a performer, Ms. Huggett definately does not shy away at the solo passages. On the contrary, Ms. Huggett attacks the solo parts with passion and verve as well she should. I cannot help but wonder that Vivaldi would have wanted to hear these concertos played in this manner.
Concerto no. 9 is my particular favorite in this cd. Ms. Huggett's playing gives this concerto a particular internal-fire energy that I have not ever heard before.
Definately well worth the money.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1229a8) out of 5 stars A Very Good Opus 8 15 Feb. 2007
By Ross Kennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Some few ago I decided not to buy any more four seasons/ opus 8, but I was reminded of this CD, recorded in 1986, when looking for more Raglan Baroque recordings after being very pleased with their Locatelli Opus 1. At the price I had to have it. It follows their 1986 recording of Vivaldi's opus 9, La Cetra,(see my review), and is another excellent, even better, recording. The concertos, certainly the first 5, are very familiar and of the highest standard. There are very many recordings of the Four Seasons, but this is not just another one, its top rate. Huggett does not try to dominate the performance, she plays with Raglan Baroque, not over them, the music flows beautifully. As with opus 9, a lute has been used in the continuo, which adds a lushness to the sound, I would have liked to hear more of it. The two unpublished concertos which have been added to fill the CD are certainly worth listening to, particularly the one for two violins. I compared this recording with a 1993 one by Manze with Amsterdam Baroque and found Manze's tone a bit harsh and his playing a bit dominant. Fabio Biondi's version was based on manuscripts that showed how these works might have been played by a virtuoso of the time, they are highly ornamented and dramatic, great to listen to but difficult to compare, you love them or hate them. ( I love them in small doses)

I can highly recommend Monica Huggett and Raglan Baroque's version of Vivaldi's opus 8.

( An aside on the price; many years ago when I first started work I bought the occasional 12in LP of Beethoven etc, they cost 52% of my weekly wage, this double CD cost 3% of my weekly superanuation, and that includes overseas postage. We've never had it so good ! )
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3b7114) out of 5 stars A Bargain and Then Some 3 Jun. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If all you know of Vivaldi's "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione" are the concertos called "The Four Seasons," then you know the essential Vivaldi contained therein. Concerto No. 5, "La Tempesta di mare," known in other incarnations is pleasing, as are the interesting concertos for violin and cello and two violins. But Vivaldi lavished all his poetry on "The Four Seasons." In these performances, the poetry emerges with great verve, and both soloist and conductor lavish such care on Vivaldi's clever tone painting that it is like hearing the thrice-familiar works for the first--oh, well, let's say the second time! You hear more detail the second time around anyway, as you will here.
With fine sound and a price that is less than many a mid-price CD of "The Four Seasons" alone, this is a great bargain for my money--or anybody's money, I'd guess.
HASH(0x9decd4ec) out of 5 stars The Contest Between Harmony and Invention 10 May 2016
By Indy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second version of "Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Invenzione" that I own, the first one being this one performed by The Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of Christopher Hogwood: Vivaldi: Il Cimento dell' Armonia e dell' Inventione - 12 Concertos, Op. 8, including The Four Seasons. I deeply love Hogwood's version, in which Monica Huggett also contributed, performing two concertos, #8 and #11. 7 years separate her contribution with the Academy from her recording with Nicholas Kraemer, in which she performs all 12 concertos as the soloist. From the first bars of Spring, we can notice the clarity of her violin technique. Her phrasing is a little less conventional than most British versions, such as Hogwood's or Parrott's, due in part to the use of ritardandos and accelerandos in key sections, such as before joining the tutti or ending a musical phrase. However, this gives a fresher look to the Seasons. The slow movements also benefit from Huggett's invention and poetry; the ornamentation is well-thought, and the dynamics are preserved, in particular in Spring's Largo where the viola plays forte when the whole orchestra plays pianissimo.

The other concertos in the Opus 8 also display a lot of creativity, and that's probably why Vivaldi called it "The Contest Between Harmony and Invention". Although two concertos were originally written for oboe (#9 and #12), Vivaldi suggested that it could also be played on the violin. The violin versions are recorded here, while Hogwood decided to include the oboe versions in his recording of the set. Having listened to both now, I tend to say I prefer the oboe, in part because it brings a little more diversity in a set that already comprises 10 concertos for violin. But Huggett's version is dynamic and taken at a nice tempo, slightly faster than Hogwood actually.

The nice addition to this recording is the two concertos that conclude CD2. They are not part of Vivaldi's Op.8, but are from unpublished manuscripts "recently" discovered (now it's been 26 years). I did not know these concertos, so it was nice to discover them. They both are double concertos, one for violin and cello in A major, and the other for two violins in G major. It is interesting to see how Vivaldi is treating the two soloists, especially in the violin and cello concerto where the difference of timbre is used to highlight a dialogue between the two instruments. In two words, highly recommended!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e122f00) out of 5 stars Probably the best one on the market 26 Sept. 2000
By Jonathan J. Casey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I spent almost a year trying to track this CD down, before this 2 disc dirt cheap re-release. Wish I'd waited longer, as I ended up with a single disc instead of the full Op. 8. It was worth the effort though, as this is an incredible interpretation of an over-heard work. While I personally find much of Il Giardino Armonico's (now out of print) performance to be absolutely incredible, The Raglan Baroque and Monica Huggett perform a more subdued, but almost as equally stunning rendition. I think the manner in which they play with rhythm is particularly engaging, and often quite subtle.
This release does not contain the all-important poetry that accompanies the four seasons, which is unfortunate. Track down those words because they really enrich your experience with the music, and Huggett's performance in particular. You can hear that she was paying attention to these words, and to the specifically programmatic nature of these works. This attention to detail comes through and speaks highly of the performances throughout. The liner notes do not list the players, either, but Kraemer uses an archlute for continuo. The recording was made in 1988, and apparently was the first one to do so.
For a solid, more traditional performance, I'd recommend Pinnock and The English Concert. If you can, track down the Il Giardino Armonico performance (on Teldec), but otherwise pick up this great bargain.
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