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  • Audio CD (July 4 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
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1. 1. Allegro
2. 2. Largo
3. 3. Allegro
4. 1. Allegro
5. 2. Largo
6. 3. Allegro
7. 1. Allegro Molto
8. 2. Largo A Piacimento
9. 3. Presto
10. 1. Allegro
11. 2. Largo
12. 3. Allegro
13. 1. Allegro Molto
14. 2. Largo
15. 3. Allegro

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Vivaldi: Concertos - For Violin, Strings and Continuo

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Première question qui s'impose: Comment fait-il ? Et je fais référence notamment au premier allegro du Concerto RV 190. Carmignola fait de la haute voltige, utilisant tout ce qui est possible d'imaginer, techniquement, en terme de prouesses au violon. Son savoir faire est inimaginable. Il semble flotter au dessus des notes, tel un magicien, possédant une maîtrise sidérante ou la démesure règne. Le récital proposé -tous les concertos sont inédits- est un véritable raz de marée virtuose; à l'extrême- les mouvements lents sont par ailleurs d'une rare beauté, hypnotisant. Petite mise au point : lors de mes premières écoutes de cet album, j'avais l'impression de «déjà entendu»; honnêtement, on ne peut nier une certaine parenté avec les deux précédents albums consacrés aux inédits sur label SONY. Cela étant, la prise de son ARCHIV est à la hauteur du programme proposée: phénoménale. Amis audiophiles, vous serez ravis et conquis. Cet album a en effet une plus value : on peut se permettre de mettre la pédale à fonds ! En réalisant ce disque, Carmignola s'est hissé au sommet des violonistes baroques du moment. Fabio Biondi aura fort à faire pour nous étonner autant que son éminent collègue !
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb7a203a8) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0xa4009dec) out of 5 stars Its Breathtaking Classical Art! Sept. 11 2007
By Edmund V. Faggioli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the art of classical music! Anyone who enjoys the more festive work of Vivaldi, this is it! The Italian art, it's in there!

The recording is superior, beautifully clear; even in those real deep tones. Who ever mastered this audio at Emil Berliner Studios did a tremendous job with tonal qualities. The pickup mic for the violin was extraordinary with defining up-close details of the soloist instrument. The rigorous work of Giulino Carmignola is an acrobat of Vivaldi's signature strings performing the most complex violin I've ever heard. The Venice Baroque Orchestra has proven once again to be the best and the fullest sounding, par none. Andrea Marcon is on a roll these days mastering Italian Baroque with sensational talent and consistency.

Only missing a slighting of a few notes, and more noticeable breathing, Giulino Carmignola was well performed and recorded in sonic detail. The fussy side of me wishes there was less breathing with the performance of these soloists. Can't we put a mask on them?

The worst part about this CD is that it ended only after 15 tracks. Although I was liberal at 5 stars, a muzzle on Giulino would have seriously made it 6 stars out of 5. The result of this production is a very festive, beautifully detailed, well recorded, and breathtaking interpretation of Vivaldi. I'm happy I purchased it.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4009e40) out of 5 stars Yes! He's arrived! Nov. 21 2007
By Gio - Published on Amazon.com
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With so many headline Baroque violinists to choose from - Goebel, Biondi, Manze, Holloway, to say nothing of the second fiddlers in their various ensembles - Giuliano Carmignola has never been my first choice. His tone has always seemed blunt and his phrasing arbitrary, and there have been occasional tuning issues on other recordings. In fact, I just gave his performance of the 'Four Seasons' a fairly lukewarm review about a week ago. Well, with this performance of five glorious Vivaldi concerti, Carmignola has won me over by his sheer bravura. I can "hear" him standing before the orchestra like the Red Priest incarnate, flinging argeggios of demi-hemi-semiquavers like confetti. The tuning problems are gone. The phrasing seems capricious rather than contrived. Released in 2006, this is easily Carmignola's most impressive recording. To my mind, he's arrived.

The five concerti on this CD have never, according to the booklet, been recorded before. Vivaldi wrote at least 240 violin concerti, so the claim is plausible. None of them are familiar, and I've heard a lot of Vivaldi in my life. The amazing thing is that all five are exceptional. Even by Vivaldi's standards, they're eccentric and inventive, especially RV 190 in C major. If there are five more such masterworks still unrecorded - do you hear me, Giuliano? - I want them soon!

I can't wax so enthusiastic about the Venice Baroque Orchestra, however. Under the heavy baton of Andrea Marcon, the orchestra at times comes near spoiling my pleasure in Carmignola's fiery virtuosity. VBO seems to think that Vivaldi fans expect a big bow-wow most of the time, the kind of orchestral texture that can be enjoyed on a car radio in traffic. Perhaps it's the effect of studio recording, but I hear too little transparency and too much acoustic compression. Previous VBO disks have been spoiled for me by such a ponderous sound, but this disk is all about Carmignola, and he triumphs over his orchestral environment.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa400c138) out of 5 stars Vivaldi fan Jan. 18 2007
By JJ Kirby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am not a musician and therefore do not have the relevant vocabulary in which to express my appreciation of this recording. Having said that, anything (except the ubiquitous 'Four Seasons') composed by Vivaldi interests me.

In complete contrast to my previous experience of Vivaldi's music - 'Vivaldi's Adagios', 'Stabat Mater' and the glorious 'Vespri per L'Assunzione di Maria Vergine'this CD offers a completely different experience. The concertos are fast and furious and certainly demand the listener's full attention! Whilst there are some lovely slow, quiet movements, the main body of the work is - how to put it - decidedly lively! I wanted to experience a different type of Vivaldi's work and I have. Although enjoyable, it's made me realise that I prefer his slower, more reflective (?) compositions. While I appreciate the absolute professionalism of the artists, the pace of the concertos on this CD are, for my taste, too frenetic. However, this will not prevent me from playing it again and again.

If you like life in the fast lane then ... this is for you!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa400c654) out of 5 stars Forget the Four Seasons Dec 7 2011
By Douglas Thorpe - Published on Amazon.com
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This set of concertos, along with the concertos for two violins (e.g. Archive 4777466) and the concertos for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (e.g. Naive 30409) reflect what Vivaldi really was all about. The "famous" and terribly over worked Four Seasons concertos are very simplistic compared to these wonderful works. Carmignola has a perfect touch for the life and enthusiasm that truly are at the core of Vivaldi's important contributions to the Baroque repertoire and the Venice Baroque Orchestra compliments the music and the violinist wonderfully. One can easily imagine this entorage playing in the very special small churches and other venues in Venice that surround the Ospedale della Pieta (the orphanage where Vivaldi was employed for most of his composing lifetime). We know that J.S. Bach transcribed many of Vivaldf's works and that his exposure to Vivaldi's concertos for violin had a profound influence on his approach to melody and structure. Very highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4009f00) out of 5 stars World-premiere recordings Jan. 9 2013
By Jon Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Unsurprisingly, when the fourth concerto on this CD, in D (RV217), was given an airing on BBC Radio 3, it was this version was played: firstly, because it is superlative, and secondly, because it is the only recording in existence. The manuscripts are housed in the Turin National Library and should eventually be recorded by Opus 111 as well, because of it. They'll have a hard job indeed matching this one.

Carmignola and the VBO under Andrea Marcon have made something of a speciality of eighteenth century Venetian Baroque music. And while there are lots of imitators around, none surpasses the gorgeously rich and resonant sound that their ensemble creates. If you want proof of this, visit Deutschegrammophon's own site for some very high-quality samples. Curiously, among the four tracks offered gratis by way of samples is the Largo from RV320 - a work that doesn't in fact feature on the CD! (It is a Concerto in G minor that is incomplete, according to the Catalogue of Works in my trusty Michael Talbot book, Vivaldi. It's a shame it couldn't have been included on a CD totalling just over 58'.)

On most counts, this Archiv release matches the previous collections offered by Sony, featuring the same team. 1) The recording quality is, as already noted, superb. 2) Carmignola remains an unsurpassed interpreter of Vivaldi's violin concertos. 3) All five of the concertos on this CD are world-premiere recordings, like all of those on the three Sony CDs - except for The Four Seasons, of course. Strangely, again, Archiv do not mention this fact, until you visit the website dedicated to the launch of this product, or look closely at the back of the CD case! Surely, this is worth trumpeting. 4) The accompanying booklet is highly informative.

The liner notes are over-ambitious in trying to pin down compositional dates for the works - notoriously difficult with Vivaldi. Several parallels between these concerti and others by him are noted but, surprisingly, not the one that jumped out at me: the close thematic correspondence between the final Allegro of RV217 and the final allegro of the Cantata for soprano, two violins and viola, 'Vengo a voi, luce adorate' (RV682) where, in my opinion, the melody is further developed and more immediately captivating. Nonetheless, these concerti give wonderful entertainment. We are very lucky to have Carmignola and the VBO breathing such new and vibrant life into Vivaldi's long-neglected repertoire.