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on 17 December 2013
I can imagine the outraged disgust on the faces of previous reviewers when they see I have not given this set a full complement of 5 stars. Whilst agreeing wholeheartedly with the praise heaped upon this set, I can only give it 3 stars.

Why? Because I have just found a newer Pinnock set entitled "Vivaldi: Stravaganza 55 Concertos" which has 7 CDs instead of 5, 171 tracks instead of 95, whilst still (as far as I can see) including all the tracks on this older set. Those bemoaning the wasted space on the older CDs and wanting more will have their wishes fulfilled. The price difference at the time of writing is only a pound or two.
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This is an excellent set. There are now many, many fine recordings of Vivaldi's concertos but I think these classic versions still sit among the very best.

Whether you like this will depend really on how you like your Vivaldi. Pinnock takes his usual vigorous but scholarly approach; a great deal of thought has gone into every concerto here and there is no sense of churning them out just to make a saleable disc. The quality of the soloists is fantastic: Simon Standage, Michaela Comberti, Jaap ter Linden, Lisa Beznosiuk…the list goes on. It's a wonderful group of virtuosi but there is never any sense here of self-aggrandizing pyrotechnics; there's plenty of amazingly virtuosic playing but it's all done to the service of the music, and it serves it excellently.

So, this isn't flashy, it's just very, very good and to me, deeply satisfying. As a bargain box set I don't think you'll do much better; the recorded sound by DG is excellent, the notes are good and the presentation is attractive and I can recommend this set warmly.
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on 1 March 2013
Brilliant Box Set. Wonderful Music. Great recording.
Worth every penny paid, a BARGAIN at this price
BIG PLUS ITS VIVALDI!!!
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on 19 October 2016
The performances are lively, with good rhythm, and plenty of sparkle.
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on 19 September 2015
Superb music and excellent recording
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on 5 July 2004
A good mix of pieces, added to the fact this is the only set I could find which had all the l'estro armonico Op.3. Superb!
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on 16 March 2015
A first class collection
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