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  • Performer: Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli Anton Steck
  • Composer: Vivaldi Antonio
  • Audio CD (Sept. 25 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nvv
  • ASIN: B000RG16VO
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1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
4. Allegro Ma Poco
5. Largo
6. Allegro
7. Allegro
8. Andante
9. Allegro
10. Allegro
11. Andante
12. Allegro
13. Allegro
14. Andante Molto
15. Allegro
16. Allegro
17. Largo
18. Allegro

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9dfcafd8) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6509cc) out of 5 stars Fantastic Virtuoso Music from Vivaldi Oct. 17 2008
By Andrew Judkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Di Sfida, roughly translated, means `the challenge' and the theme of this album is to point out the merits of virtuosity in Vivaldi violin concerti. Vivaldi is one of the most prolific composers of violin music, with his output of violin concerti at around 250. He wrote for a wide variety of players and levels, being a teacher, but his works tend to have a very high standard of playing overall. The concerti of this volume were most likely written for Vivaldi himself or other virtuosos of the time. Vivaldi began composing virtuoso works for the violin early in his career. His first peak, from this perspective, was in the area of 1712-1717. During this time he wrote out cadenzas that astounded his contemporaries. This album includes later works of high virtuosity, a period in which Vivaldi shied away from the cadenza, yet more smoothly incorporated extreme virtuosity into his artistic vision. The works here, possibly, the B flat major RV 368 aside, use virtuosity as a tool of expression, not as means to shock for its own sake. They are elaborate, highly original, and artistically ahead of their time. Anton Steck is fantastic as the soloist who, although not as polished or artistically vibrant as say, Guliano Carmignola, brings a brilliant enthusiasm for the music. He is able to tackle all of the toughest moments smoothly, only scrimping in a few pinpoints on the B flat major concerto. Modo Antiquo is a fine baroque orchestra with energy approaching Steck's. The sound of the ensemble is a little dry and distant compared to the soloist, however. The works included are:

RV 232 in D major. This concerto is a parade of brilliance, and one of Vivaldi's best concertos. The standard of virtuosity is very high throughout. The concentration of musical ideas and spontaneity of writing is impressive. The slow movement is oddly arresting between the dashing, audacious outer movements. All three movements are fantastic.

RV 264 in E major. This piece has a jovial, humorous tone. Vivaldi includes dance rhythms and unexpected turns to charm the listener. The slow movement is slight, but starkly beautiful.

RV 325 in G minor. Minor key harmony is a welcome contrast here. Vivaldi's G minor is turbulent, with gaps of melancholy. This concerto is probably the oldest work on this album and it has a rustic feel. This recording, though good, is not as dynamic as Carmignola's version.

RV 353 in A major. Much more modern in sound, this concerto feels like the beginning of Rococo aesthetic. There are cantabile passages, mixed with angular and speedy ones, all garishly garnished, creating an almost satiric tone at times. But overall it is a pleasant piece as evidenced by its short, song-like slow movement.

RV 243 in D minor. This concerto requires the violinist to not use the E string and tune up the G string to A. An already difficult work becomes extremely so with the omission of the E string. Far from an empty (though novel) exercise in virtuosity, this requirement creates a muted plaintive tone that fits perfectly with the material. The slow movement will disarm you.

RV 368 in B flat major. This work is a fitting closer. It is reported to be Vivaldi's most difficult work-the harbinger of Paganini. The violinist is required to move between ranges with the quickest ease, and the almost bizarre arpeggiation, spanning all four strings, push the bow and fingers to the limit. The orchestral part is slick and disarming, not preparing the listener for the thoroughly entertaining solos. This piece is a must have for any Vivaldi fan, and I am unaware of another recording of it. This CD is highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e25427c) out of 5 stars Continuing the fine series of violin concertos on the Naive label May 19 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc, well recorded in 2006, is the second set of violin concertos within the Vivaldi edition produced by Naive. The intention is to record all the Vivaldi scores held in the Turin Library. These constitute Vivaldi's private collection and include some 15 operas, several hundred concertos and a considerable amount of vocal music amounting to about 450 works. Many of these are currently unknown to the general public.

The final collection is likely to number about 100 discs and is due to be completed in 2015. Another feature of the collection is the concentration on a very wide range of performers and ensembles with very little repetition of personnel. In this regard, the standard maintained has so far been astonishingly high and the sheer quantity of musicians involved at that level has also been astonishing.

This disc is a good example, as the ensemble Modo Antiquo, established in 1984, has achieved an enviable reputation at the forefront of this period of music. The soloist, Anton Steck, also has a reputation as an oustanding 'period' violinist. The theme of the disc, the second in the series of violin concertos, is focussed on seven works grouped under the title of 'Di sfida', and are openly virtuosic in their considerable demands. These demands are fully met here but the music is more showy in intent than that to be found in the Four Seasons for example.

As part of the complete survey of Vivaldi violin concertos this is an important issue and will be an essential purchase for collectors interested in the complete series. However, for those looking for a more limited range, I would suggest that the are less obviously virtuosic discs in the series that might offer more musical satisfaction. Violinists will probably find this disc mind-bending in effect.

I would suggest that this disc will therefore likely appeal mostly to violinists simply on technical grounds. Others may wish to explore discs 1, 2, 3 and 5 in the series before this with other satisfactions in mind.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6728c4) out of 5 stars Well performed Vivaldi concertos June 2 2013
By Tero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As mentioned, there are at least 5 of these CDs in the Naive series now. There won't be but one familiar concerto on most discs. The melodies are pleasant enough, even if the concertos were written to show the skills of the virtuoso.

All discs have a different violinist, so they got to concentrate on just six concertos. Thus there is none of the rehearse and play you get on some Naxos discs for example (However, the Naxos Dresden 4 disc series is comparable to these).

RV3223 and the ending RV368 stand out in my memory as melodic and entertaining.

As none of the discs are any of the widely recorded Opus concertos, you will have to buy several of these to get something new and likable. Perhaps, as mentioned, volume I and V are a little more outstanding overall than the rest. Enter Naive Vivaldi Edition and La Caccia or Per Pisendel to locate those disks.

This disc, however, is pleasant from beginning to end.