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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Archi II

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  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Composer: Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (13 Jan. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive Classique
  • ASIN: B00GA8B8HU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The concertos for strings are a very special genre in Vivaldi's output. Contrary to the concertos for solo instruments, those offer a real balance and amazing range of colours between all the intruments concerned. Following a very successful first volume, released in 2004, Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano offer a new milestone recording in Vivaldi's instrumental music, full of colours and refinement.

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The performances from the ensemble are lively and infectious. The violin playing from Mauro Lopez Ferreira and Nicholas Robinson is consistently vibrant and brilliant… --Planet Hugill

'It s the kind of imaginative and spirited performance that we have come to expect form Concerto Italiano directed by Rinaldo Alessandrini...' --BBC Radio 3

(4*) '...some wonderfully characterful singing led by Silvia Frigato as Euridice and Furio Zanasi as Orfeo, [Caccini s] Euridice is still a piece of powerfully direct music theatre...' '...a must for anyone curious about the beginnings of opera in the early 17th century.' --The Guardian

'Alessandrini is a remarkable musician… [he] achieves impeccable instrumental balance and unity from his group of six players together with a satisfying range of colouration.' '…these performances are of a consistently high-calibre and continue to provide joyful and positive listening experiences.' --Music Web International

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These are very beautiful concertos, so characteristic of Vivaldi's style, and I enjoyed a lot the first volume ten years ago. But then Alessandrini employed 8 violins and 2 violas, while in this recording he chose to have just one instrument per part: 2 violins and 1 viola. That choice is unfortunate, in my opinion: the delicate balance between strings and continuo is subverted. As a result, we have concertos which are still brilliant but have lost a lot of their atmospheric sound.
This choice was probably made to give these very popular concerti a new, more appealing, dress. I can understand that. But please, give me back a full orchestra for the next volume!
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HASH(0x981c0720) out of 5 stars Great String Orchestra Music 18 Jan. 2016
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Vivaldi's Concerti for string orchestra without soloist are a very interesting set of pieces. At once they display Vivaldi's unique mastery of fugal writing, all the way down to some of his most simplified music. They are relentlessly orchestral, displaying an ensemble as if it is a single instrument, a wall of ideas. Vivaldi seemed to love writing these works, as though it were a lab for him to try different ideas without distraction. He seemed very cautious of this form, thinking the audience would tire quickly of the texture without soloists, so these works are all short. Some of these works appear to be 'orchestral etudes'--works to practice up the Pieta girls on certain skills of ensemble playing. Others appear to be 'garden music,' to be enjoyed casually by connoisseurs. Still others are mysterious in their purpose or inspiration. Give the counterpoint and solemn mood, some may have been intended for the church. A few seem related to opera sinfonias. The slow movements of these works are odd and old-fashioned much of the time, displaying texture and harmony without the normal Vivaldian melodic glimmer. Some of the slow movements are written in sinfonia style, with a lonely melody played by the violins, but this is the exception.

This particular recording of a selection of these works is something I can't stop listening to. I hold these pieces in high regard, but making an album of them is tough because the right variety of selection is key--a mix of the 'lighter' works with catchy, clever, unambitious writing, and the 'heavy' works with more dense writing and sometimes fugues. This album is heavy on the light clever works. The first volume is a better mix (also recorded by Concerto Italianao). So why can't I stop listening to this one? The recording. The Concerto Italiano of old had a competent, but somewhat dry sound. This recording is a change--the sound is totally different with the group playing 'one to a part'. Suddenly their sound sparkles. They seem reenergized.

Highlights include: Concerto in e minor RV 134 is one of Vivaldi's masterpieces in the genre. It opens with a delightfully mysterious fugue. The slow movement is an odd version of his opera sinfonia style. The piece ends with an intense dance.

Concerto in G major RV 151 is titled Alla Rustica and it sounds natural with one to a part.

Concerto in B flat major RV 164 is of the simple catchy mold. The opening movement has a sense of delight that defies explanation.

Concerto in d minor RV 127 is of the etude mold. In the slow movement, the Concerto Italiano uses an amazing 'shimmer' bowing effect.

Concerto in B flat major RV 166 is of the catchy mold and includes hard to forget syncopated tune in the first movement.

Concerto in g minor RV 157 is another masterpiece of the genre. It opens with a hard edged chaconne (variations over a repeated bass line) of great intensity. The slow movement is in somber 'old-style'. The last movement conforms to Vivaldi's stormy conception of the key of g minor.

Of the albums I've sampled featuring Vivaldi's concerti without soloist, my favorites are this one and Simon Standage's volume 2. The Concerto Italiano's volume one is a great mix, but lack the sparkle and vitality of my favorite recordings.
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