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Vivaldi / Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina


Release Date: 06/28/2005 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47750   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano MontanariPaolo GrazziFiorenza De DonatisPaolo Zinzani,   ... 
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set conveniently boxes up excellent performances of Vivaldi's two most popular works. Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione contains not just The Four Seasons, but also such popular concertos as La Caccia, Il Piacere, and La Tempesta di Mare. L'Estro Armonico, on the other hand, is less well known in terms of its individual numbers, but is just as highly regarded (if not more so) as a whole. It's particularly noteworthy for the concertos featuring more than a single soloist--anywhere up to four--and in its prodigal invention and melodic charm it stands with Vivaldi's finest work. Bach admired these pieces, as his Vivaldi transcriptions and arrangements clearly demonstrate.


These performances strike a fine
Read more compromise between rough-edged "authenticity" (offered by some of the more radical period-instrument groups) and sensible musical values such as attractive tone, good intonation, and judicious balances between the string orchestra and continuo. Each of the "four seasons" concertos is well-characterized, with plenty of energy in the outer movements and a welcome sweetness and grace in between. The concertos for four violins in Op. 3 (Nos. 1, 4, 7, and 10) are particularly happy in their collaboration between the various soloists, and overall the sound is very good. If you're looking for Vivaldi's best collections of concertos in one convenient package, I can recommend these performances without hesitation.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin),
Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Laura Mirri (Violin), Mauro Valli (Cello)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin),
Stefano Montanari (Violin), Laura Mirri (Violin), Mauro Valli (Cello)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe),
Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Mauro Valli (Cello)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in E flat major, Op. 8 no 5/RV 253 "La tempesta di mare" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin),
Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Mauro Valli (Cello)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Violin in C major, Op. 8 no 6/RV 180 "Il piacere" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Laura Mirri (Violin),
Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Mauro Valli (Cello)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
8.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 8 no 7/RV 242 "Per Pisendel" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Mauro Valli (Cello),
Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 8/RV 332 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 8 no 9/RV 236 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Violin in B flat major, Op. 8 no 10/RV 362 "La caccia" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 8 no 11/RV 210 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 47 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for Violin in C major, Op. 8 no 12/RV 178 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 4 Secs. 
14.
Concerto for 4 Violins in D major, Op. 3 no 1/RV 549 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
15.
Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in G minor, Op. 3 no 2/RV 578 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 48 Secs. 
16.
Concerto for Violin in G major, Op. 3 no 3/RV 310 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
17.
Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, Op. 3 no 4/RV 550 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
18.
Concerto for 2 Violins in A major, Op. 3 no 5/RV 519 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin),
Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Laura Mirri (Violin), Mauro Valli (Cello)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
19.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin),
Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Laura Mirri (Violin), Mauro Valli (Cello)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
20.
Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in F major, Op. 3 no 7/RV 567 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin),
Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 10 Secs. 
21.
Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV 522 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin),
Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Mauro Valli (Cello)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
22.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 3 no 9/RV 230 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin),
Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Mauro Valli (Cello)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
23.
Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
24.
Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in D minor, Op. 3 no 11/RV 565 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
25.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 3 no 12/RV 265 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mauro Valli (Cello), Laura Mirri (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin),
Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin), Paolo Grazzi (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  San Vitale Refectory, Ravenna, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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