I bought this on the strength of a glowing Gramophone Mag review but I am highly disappointed. I'm learning not to trust the Gramophone. For all their keen intellectual discussion of music performance, I think sometimes they are way off the mark on their performance rating, and I doubt that, despite their musical qualifications, very few of the reviewers are audiophiles that can assess recording quality objectively.
On this recording Hogwood has at his hands a mediocre provincial Italian ensemble with a scratchy tonal quality and less than ideal intonation, struggling on difficult passages. The playing is relatively bland, matched by a dead acoustic. Hogwood's 90's recording with the Academy of Ancient Music is more polished while the recording quality is warmer and more expansive. As well, it comes with the complete set of Op.10 flute concertos.
If you're after a fine recent Italian recording of the Op.3, Fabio Biondi's Europa Galante offers far more insights and interest, with more polished performance and a warmer more open sound (yet Gramophone gives it a lower rating). Although Biondi's Vivaldi Op.8 is very ordinary, being too quirky (the Gramophone loved it) his earlier Op.3 is excellent. Then there's also Pinnock's fine English Concert recording.
L'Arte dell'Arco's recording is certainly not horrible, it's just underwhelming, paling in comparison to others.