Because of all the hype, and a chance to hear some before unknown Vivaldi concertos, I picked up this release with moderate expectations. While the recording and soloist offer dramatic exhiliration, the recording is absolutely ruined through Sony's use of a very artificial reverb. Details in phrasing are washed out, and the soloist's sound is too silky smooth for my taste. Perhaps live he may come across more authentically, but here it's just a wash. The slow movements for me are "romantically milked" and are no where close to a historically-authentic reading. Some of the double-stopping by Carmignola is out of tune, yet the orchestra seems to be on good form, but suffer too from the recording quality.
Musically, these are unique concertos among Vivaldi's output. They echo Tartini and later Italian composers. Several concertos offer the soloist notes higher on the staff than we usually hear from Vivaldi. Nuances of tempi and silence are sometimes also suspect.
Hearing this concertos was a treat, yet I had only wished someone else (Biondi, Manze, Onofri) had recorded them.