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Cti Per Mandolini [Import]

Antonio Vivaldi Audio CD
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1. I. Allegro
2. II. Andante
3. III. Allegro
4. I. Allegro molto
5. II. Andante molto
6. III. Allegro
7. I. Allegro
8. II. Larghetto
9. III. Allegro
10. I. Allegro
11. II. Largo
12. III. Allegro
13. I. [Allegro]
14. II. [Lento]
15. III. Allegro
16. I. [Allegro]
17. II. Largo
18. III. [Allegro]
19. I. Allegro
20. II. Largo a piacimento
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The seven Concerti per Mandolini are diverse enough to disprove the frequently heard accusation that all Vivaldi concertos sound alike. Though they are cast in the same three-movement structure, each has its own character, from playful, ingratiating charm to ardor, high drama, and lamentatious intensity. The fast movements are stately and brilliant with scintillating running passages; the slow ones are songful, pleading, and melancholy. Though at times Vivaldi succumbs to his predilection for sequences, these pieces have an incredible variety of tonality, mood, and color, employing a large number of instruments in many arresting combinations; the final one requires 17 instruments. In addition to the solo mandolins, there are standard and unusual strings and winds, including such rarities as chalumeaux, theorbo, viole all'inglese, and violini in tromba marina. The performances, at lowered pitch, are splendid throughout: brilliant in the fast, virtuosic movements, perfect in intonation and balance, pure in sound, invariably expressive, often passionate. The players use vibrato sparingly and add elegant ornamentation and cadenzas. Biondi, director and concertmaster, has a wonderfully sweet tone and leads without dominating the group. One cavil: the musicians get louder on all ascending passages and softer on all descending ones, and they make a long pause before every final note. This approach may be stylistically "authentic," but it becomes an annoying mannerism through overuse and exaggeration. --Edith Eisler

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivaldi and Europa Galante Make a Joyful Noise April 27 2004
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Format:Audio CD
As all reviewers on this page seem to agree, the first order of business is to jettison the old saw that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto 500 times. Certainly he can be faulted, as he always will, for falling back on too-obvious formulae (those oft-cited repeated sequences of his), but as for sounding alike: Just try the jovial, gallant first movement of RV 425 for solo mandolin and follow it with the somber, near-tragic opening of RV 319 for violin, oboes, and bassoon. Next, give RV 558 a spin; how different the grand, heroic sweep of this first movement!
Now that we've disposed of the chestnut about the sameness of the concerti, we can talk about the performances of Biondi and Europa Galante. I find them enthrallingly virtuosic in the Bach-like noodlings required of the two violins and two cellos in RV 564, a truly captivating work reminiscent, for me, of the Third Brandenburg. On the other hand, Biondi captures perfectly the sober mood of RV 319, where sentiment overrules virtuosity.
The two concertos for mandolins (RV 532 and RV 425) are some of Vivaldi's most genial, and they emerge with the right sense of dash and wit, while the two concerti RV 558 and RV 555 for "molti strumenti" make a grand noise, especially those raspy, rattling violini in tromba marina! On the other hand, the recorders, chalumeaux, theorbos, and cellos add a tenderness and grace in their solos that balance out the acerbity of these strange instruments. RV 555 increases the stereophonic effects with two harpsichords and with three violins against two viole all'inglese and the aforementioned cellos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars - Biondi is still surprising- Grâce à Pisendel Feb. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
At first, I had to be convinced. I have to admit it was long. Now it's done. Well done.
Fabio Biondi is at his best in the "Concerto en sol mineur" (dédié à Pisendel(RV 319)". In "Concerto en ut majeur" (RV 558), Jean-Christophe Spinosi (do you know him and his ensemble "Matheus" (Naive)) was able to gave more surrealistic moments. But the Europa Galante version is very interesting.
I give Biondi credits to let the other members of his "formidable" Europa Galante free to play like it was some "concertos grossos". A very good CD full of vitality. Virgin Veritas does it better than it was the case in the concertos grossos of Scarlatti (father and son.)Better sound. Biondi is a great virtuose. I am waiting for his next challenge. Vivaldi again ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who says baroque stuff can't be electrifying? Jan. 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most encouraging and exciting discs in 2002! After a few hours of Vivaldi listening, one often gets the impression that he spinned out new concerti by applying the same formula - they all sound vaguely the same, after all. Vivaldi fatigue I call it. That's all the more why we need a disc like this: Biondi and his superb Europa Galante show that Vivaldi concerti can be full of surprises and excitement, and extremely colourful writings. These are readings of high drama and strong emotions, it's hard to imagine anybody not moved by the sheer energy level and dedication. Concerto RV 576 gets a superb airing especially.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Update Jan. 25 2003
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Format:Audio CD
The sound is an update of beauty from past recordings. I have many versions of Vivaldi's works..........but this (esp. track 4) has a sound that is beyond. The "orchestra" in the past has not sounded this full... larger than it really is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best.....of Vivaldi March 30 2013
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My husband used to play the mandolin - long long ago....
Next to The 4 Seasons, I would rate this 2nd best in our collection.
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