Before the steadfast blaring sun comes up, and twilight's gliding shadows condescend to rise slowly out away, nocturnal beings such as I lie bidding to forsake the ominous toll of the clock. - Ah yes, but alas in due course we must reticently squint those dilated old green eyes open, must sluggishly rise and turn to face the dawning day. -Indeed, for all its brightness, color and clarity, a morning person I am not, nor have I ever been. And for certain, without the rush of a triple-shot cafe latte to quench my spirit, and lively cadenced music to quicken my soul, I am quite lost.
Vivaldi's compositions are the perfect morning music for creatures such as I - and his far & widely celebrated Four Seasons have always made exquisite concord with my ears. The exuberant il Giardino Armonico present here an aggressively crisp and vibrant interpretation of some of Vivaldi's most beautiful concertos. In addition to the "Le Quattro Stagioni," there are six additional tracks, which include the "Violin Concerto in G minor" (solo violin, with strings and basso continuo) and the "Oboe Concerto in D minor" (for oboe, strings and basso continuo). The music made here is so clean and clear that every instrument can be, deliciously, quite distinctively heard. Truly, I have not words enough to praise what a freshly elegant and invigorating sound the delicately touched authentic instruments herein make-- The feel is light and bright -so purely Morning!
I cannot verify that this is the absolute best compilation of Vivaldi's opuses - there are so many others - such as another wonderful compilation by the Venice Baroque Orchestra (with Violinist Giuliano Carmignola), which is less crisp, but more dramatic. But I do say, this interpretation - this lively Baroque bash - does suit me entirely for the morning. It is one of a number of those insatiable cravings, which mark the very tenor of my existence ~