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3.9 out of 5 stars
Late Vivaldi Concertos
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on 18 May 2016
This a great cd all rare Vivaldi
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on 2 August 2014
Excellent performances
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on 11 October 2013
I own a lot of Carmignola CDs - they are violin heaven - but I just couldn't get on with this one - it seemed like fragments of other bits of Vivaldi all mixed up and didn't seem to flow or make sense - perhaps it is just me. I couldn't listen to it
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This well recorded disc, made in 2002, introduces the world to more late Vivaldi violin concertos played with both customary skill and secure style by Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. The disc is clear evidence that, however many concertos Vivaldi may have written by that time in his life, there is not the slightest sign of flagging creative imagination in these works.

On the contrary, these works demonstrate an approach to melodic line and instrumental textures that differ from many earlier concertos and suggest continuing creative exploration. These concertos are less outwardly virtuosic or display driven, while still clearly being very demanding. The emphasis is being shifted away from the soloist and more towards the actual music itself. Part of this may also be due, of course, to Carmignola's characteristically thoughtful approach to the concertos with less emphasis on the sheerly dramatic than that of other renowned and respected groups of Vivaldi specialist groups.

In total these concertos offer considerable pleasure and food for thought and certainly receive outstanding advocacy from Carmignola and his colleagues.

As such this disc deserves to be seriously considered for purchase by any lovers of Vivaldi and his violin concertos. They are unlikely to be disappointed by either the music or the performances. The recording is exemplary.
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VINE VOICEon 18 February 2008
'Late' Vivaldi concerti are characterised by their greater expansiveness and quirkiness. They are less formulaic and less reliant on 'parallel passages'. Sony issued three CDs of late concerti featuring Carmignola and the Venice Baroque - this being the third and last. Initially, I might have agreed with the reviewer below that these concerti aren't consistently in the same category as those of the previous volume. On better acquaintance, however, these works are every bit as revelatory, and whenever you listen to them, it's easy to convince yourself that this CD is the best Vivaldi recording ever made.

Certainly, there are several reasons to cherish it. Firstly, some of the concerti are among the treasures of Vivaldi's entire output. The Concerto in d (RV235), for instance, is a highly dramatic and inspired composition. (Listen to Amazon's sample at the very least!) Likewise the second of the concerti in b (RV389), a poignant, haunting and lyrical work. The slow movement of the Eb concerto (RV258), meanwhile, features some unlikely harmonies for the C18.

Secondly, these concerti are receiving their world première recordings here - an astonishing fact, given their quality. For me, several of these works are much more rewarding than many of those in Vivaldi's published sets. (It would be a great mistake to think that Vivaldi thought less of them himself on these grounds - for the last decade or so of his life, he simply found it more profitable to sell concerti privately, in manuscript form. Hence their relative obscurity.)

Finally, the sound created here is utterly mesmerising. Sony's wonderfully detailed recording reveals new facets with every listening. I've just realised, for instance, that the opening orchestral 'tutti' of the previously mentioned Concerto in d actually splits the violins' nervous entry into two groups, heard to left and right. Such antiphonal effects add enormously to the listening pleasure. So, original instrumentation and Historically Informed Performance credentials aside, you have to wonder if any performance would actually have sounded quite as good as this in Vivaldi's day. Quite possibly not. Whether it's the sound engineers adding a little extra dynamic width or whether it is the combination and balance of instruments alone, I don't know. But the overall effect here is absolutely compelling.
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on 23 January 2003
This Venetian ensemble, and its star violinist, is one of the purest joy of musical Europe these years. The CD they released in 2001 of hitherto unfamiliar late violin concertos by Vivaldi actually didn't leave my CD player for months, and I still often find the time, and any excuse, to sample the delights of these astoundingly well-composed concertos and the brilliant execution.
This follow-up, with six other late Vivaldi concertos, are played with the same subtle dynamics and bouncing energy, and Carmignola's handling of his Baroque violin works like a drug. The concertos themselves though are hardly of the same tall order as the first ones. Compared to the earlier disc this one inevitably seems a little less awe-inspiring, but is still very much worth your trouble.
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on 31 January 2009
I just can't stop listening to this and te rest of GC's CDs - Some of the best music I've heard in a long time...
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