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Carmignola goes from strength to strength
on 23 April 2013
Perhaps it's the particular selection of concertos on this disc, perhaps it's the pairing up of Carmignola with Ottavio Dantone and his excellent ensemble, Accademia Bizantina, but I find this to be the most exciting of the three Vivaldi discs Carmignola has thus far released for Archiv. As much as I have enjoyed Carmignola's previous 2 pairings with the Venice Baroque Orchestra under Andrea Marcon, I find the Accademia Bizantina to be a more vigorous and exciting group. The RV 281 concerto, which dramatically opens the disc, appeared before in another exciting rendition by Fabio Biondi in the early days of the Opus 111 label (with the ever thoughtful Alessandrini at the harpsichord) and, as then, here too it is a marvellous programme opener, in my opinion worth the price of the disc alone. Production standards are very much in keeping with the previous Archiv discs mentioned above. The sound is vivid and beautifully transparent. There is no run-through feel here. With playing as abundant in lyricism as we get here it's hard not to enjoy. 5 Stars without hesitation.