Tomaso Albinoni is a name most music lovers confuse with all those 'other' composers of the High Italian Baroque who are not named Vivaldi.
Albinoni wrote over 80 operas, and scores of cantatas, concertos and sonatas, and was capable of very serious cratsmanship when he wasn't rushing work out.
The twelve concertos of this Opus 5, perhaps his most famous work, are a heady mixture of Venetian color and melody incorporated into more serious composition forms. Listeners who pay close attention can discover quite a challenge in following some of the part lines flowing in an out of the music. If not quite as revolutionary or brilliant as Vivaldi's best work, these 1707 selections clearly mark Albinoni as one of the masters of the age. In their day they were huge hits, and came out in several editions.
I Musici plays this music like, well, I Musici! Which is to say, they are something of a gold standard in such repetorie. The unbeatable tone of their instruments enlivens the golden Venetian flavor of the music, and Pina Carmirelli plays so superbly it brings tears to the eyes.
A MUST purchase for lovers of the Italian Baroque. I found my CD copy on a Philips Eloquence label, you might look around!