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Vivaldi For Diverse Instruments / McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque


Release Date: 07/08/1997 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 77   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth BlumenstockKatherine KymeLisa Weiss
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Here is Vivaldi-playing with a commendably light, athletic touch...these performances inspire the music with expressive delicacy and rhythmic vitality... The programme is a colourful one of concertos for a variety of instruments, wind and strings, in various combinations. The two most often encountered pieces are the Concerto in A major per eco in lontano (RV552)...and the Concerto in G minor per l’orchestra di Dresda (RV577). Much less frequently heard are three concertos featuring solo violin, two horns and two oboes, with one or two bassoons or, in the case of the Dresden copy of RV562, two organs. The Concerto in D minor for two oboes and strings (RV535) completes the picture... this music is engaging on many different levels. Read more Slow movements such as the wonderfully free violin fantasy of RV562 reveal the exhilarating flights of fancy of which Vivaldi was capable, while the profusion of alluring inflexions present in fast and slow movements alike, makes strong appeal to the senses... this kind of approach to Vivaldi’s music greatly enlivens and refreshes its innate character...The disc is superbly recorded, allowing us to revel in every sonorous detail of solo and continuo playing alike. Strongly recommended."
- Nicholas Anderson, GRAMOPHONE

"The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra have been creeping quietly into the upper echelon of period instrument orchestras. With this record, they have jumped the queue! The recording? In a word, stunning!" -- Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia online magazine

"The slow movements are magnificent throughout, informed with heartbreaking intimacy and a true spirit of improvisation, and the wonderful solo playing will thrill both Vivaldi aficionados and the best sound systems." -- Laurence Vittes, CI Classical Review
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin, 2 Oboes, 2 Horns and Bassoon in F major, RV 569 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for 4 Violins in A major, RV 552 "Per eco in lontano" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Katherine Kyme (Violin), Lisa Weiss (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1740 
3.
Concerto for Violin, 2 Oboes, 2 Recorders and Bassoon in G minor, RV 577 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Violin, 2 Oboes, Bassoon and 2 Horns in F major, RV 569: I. Allegro
Concerto for Violin, 2 Oboes, Bassoon and 2 Horns in F major, RV 569: II. Grave
Concerto for Violin, 2 Oboes, Bassoon and 2 Horns in F major, RV 569: III. Allegro
Concerto in A major, RV 552, "Per eco in lontano": I. Allegro
Concerto in A major, RV 552, "Per eco in lontano": II. Larghetto
Concerto in A major, RV 552, "Per eco in lontano": III. Allegro
Concerto in G minor, RV 577, "per l'orchestra di Dresda": I. Allegro
Concerto in G minor, RV 577, "per l'orchestra di Dresda": II. Largo non molto
Concerto in G minor, RV 577, "per l'orchestra di Dresda": III. Allegro
Concerto in F major, RV 568: I. Allegro assai
Concerto in F major, RV 568: II. Grave
Concerto in F major, RV 568: III. Allegro assai
Concerto in D minor, RV 535: I. Largo - II. Allegro
Concerto in D minor, RV 535: III. Largo
Concerto in D minor, RV 535: IV. Allegro molto
Concerto Grosso in D major, RV 562a: I. Andante - Allegro
Concerto Grosso in D major, RV 562a: II. Grave
Concerto Grosso in D major, RV 562a: III. Allegro

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