With so many recordings of the "Four Seasons" already available, do we need another one from Fabio Biondi and his Europa Galante, especially when they recorded these same concertos (using the same Manchester edition) a decade ago? Well, not really, but for everyone looking for a great Vivaldi bargain, this is it. Here you can have not only a vibrant and refreshing performance of the "Four Seasons," but excellent interpretations of the other eight concertos of "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'invenzione," all in two CDs that cost less than the only one of Biondi's previous version for Opus 111. Biondi here is even more expressive than in his earlier recording, with some extreme variations in tempos, some prolonged pauses, more dynamic contrasts. It's the kind of touch that has become the rule recently (Kremer, Carmignola) and can make a performance interesting in the beginning, but not invite repeated listening. Here, though, Biondi performs with a warmth that wasn't entirely present in the Opus 111 CD, with a bigger orchestral body (nine violins, including him, compared to six previously), and the result is satisfying for much more than the novelties. I've heard only partially the new Carmignola/Venice Baroque Orchestra version, which I suppose battles with this new one for the dollars of the buyers. I thought the Carmignola version was a little more excentric than I would like. Many people seem to love it. Anyway, I doubt any of its fans would dislike this new recording, and Biondi comes with much more music for the same price. Right now, it's the "Four Seasons" to go for.