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Vivaldi: Concerti "La Stravaganza" / Standage, Pinnock


Release Date: 03/11/2010 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 429753   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pinnock injects a characteristic vitality, amounting even, at times, to passionate fervour, while Standage provides limpid solo violin playing, poised and eloquent both in phrasing and ornamentation.

La stravaganza was Vivaldi's second published collection of concertos and it was issued in about 1714 as the composer's Op. 4. Here he takes a step further from his earlier publication, L'estro armonico, towards the solo concerto as opposed to the concerto grosso. Some of the music of La stravaganza was probably in circulation before the set was printed; some at least was evidently familiar to Bach who transcribed the opening movements of the Concerto No. 1 in B flat and the Concerto No. 6 in G minor as solo harpsichord
Read more pieces. They became the opening movements of the Concerto in G major (BWV980) and the Concerto in G minor (BWV975), respectively.

Just over four years ago Monica Huggett and the Academy of Ancient Music recorded the same set for L'Oiseau-Lyre. These were lyrical performances full of warmth and insight to the music, above all from Huggett, herself, whose readings of the slow movements of the A minor Concerto (No. 4) and the G major Concerto (No. 12) were outstandingly beautiful. The new set from Simon Standage and The English Concert capitalizes on the weaknesses of the other, yet does not always match its strengths. Where I generally prefer The English Concert is in outer movements; here Pinnock injects a characteristic vitality, amounting even, at times, to passionate fervour. Such is the case in the opening Concerto in B flat whose outer movements are as energetic as anything else I know by Vivaldi. Pinnock understands this urgent side of the music and realizes it with fiery enthusiasm. The lyrical intervening Largo makes an affecting contrast and Standage does it justice with limpid solo violin playing, poised and eloquent both in phrasing and ornamentation. Standage is comparably expressive in many of the remaining slow movements though sometimes I felt the ripieno element, when and where it occurs, a shade too assertive. Sometimes, too, I found a hint of astringency in Standage's tone as for example in the opening allegro of the A minor Concerto; but it is an occasional feature and, in the end, a small price to pay for so much else that is excellent.

By now you will have gathered that a clear recommendation for one set over the other is impossible. Both soloists, in their different ways and different sounds, bring the music to life affectionately and convincingly; and both are supported by first-rate ensembles. Pinnock, on this occasion like Hogwood, has effectively varied the colours and textures of the continuo, ringing the changes between harpsichord and organ, theorbo and archlute. Lovers of this music will want both sets while explorers can search out either with confidence. The new issue is well recorded and interestingly documented.

-- Gramophone [1/1991, reviewing this title and L'Oiseau Lyre 417502]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in B flat major, Op. 4 no 1/RV 383a by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 4 no 2/RV 279 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin in G major, Op. 4 no 3/RV 301 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 4 no 4/RV 357 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in A major, RV 347 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 4 no 6/RV 316a by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Violin in C major, Op. 4 no 7/RV 185 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 4 no 8/RV 249 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 4 no 9/RV 284 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Violin in C minor, Op. 4 no 10/RV 196 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 4 no 11/RV 204 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for Violin in G major, Op. 4 no 12/RV 298 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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