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Vivaldi: 3 Cello Concertos, Sonatas / Coin, Hogwood


Release Date: 08/29/2007 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 433052   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe CoinAgeet ZweistraChristopher HogwoodEugène Ferré
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This music was intended to move the passions, to appeal to the senses and it does — unfailingly. A splendid issue in every respect.

Christophe Coin's third solo Vivaldi disc completes his recording of the nine cello sonatas (the six which used to masquerade under the misleading and erroneous title Op. 14 are contained on L'Oiseau-Lyre 0 421 060-20H, 4/89) while adding three more cello concertos to the six already issued (L'Oiseau-Lyre 0 421 732-20H, 8/89). That leaves 18 cello concertos to go, but I would urge L'Oiseau-Lyre to consider the matter carefully since Vivaldi seldom disappoints us when he writes for this instrument. Coin has chosen well, by and large, but it is nevertheless a question of first among equals
Read more and even a cursory glance over the scores of the remaining concertos as yet unrecorded, makes one long for a cellist of this technical calibre and fine sensibility to offer us the rest.

The three sonatas on this new disc were not published during Vivaldi's lifetime. Two of them (RV39 and 44) are preserved in the library of the Naples Conservatory while the remaining one (RV42) with a notably expressive Sarabanda comes from the SchOnborn library at Wiesentheid. Coin's feeling for dance rhythms, his clear articulation and musical phrasing, and his sharp ear for detail make for outstanding performances. Perhaps he does not possess that feeling for caricature present in Anner Bylsma's Deutsche Harmonia Mundi recording of these sonatas (Cr) RD77909, 6/90) but that is a dimension which can hinder a listener's enjoyment on frequent acquaintance. Here, the music is further enlivened by characteristically stylish continuo playing by Christopher Hogwood, who rings the changes between organ and harpsichord, and the two other members of the continuo group, Ageet Zweistra (cello) and Eugene Ferre (baroque guitar).

The three concertos have all been recorded by other cellists in the past but seldom if ever as delightfully as interpreted by Coin and the strings of the Academy of Ancient Music. As in the sonatas the continuo is given additional colour by an archlute in the two minor-key works and by a chitarrone in the remaining G major Concerto. There are plenty of contrasts in the spirit of these concertos, the D minor characterized by virile, pulsating motifs in the tuttis of the outer movements, the C minor a gentler, more melancholy work and the G major in Vivaldi's happiest vein. Virtuosity reigns supreme in the solo writing of the Allegros though, as so often with Vivaldi, attentive listening to enchanting little turns of phrase brings considerable rewards in a more lyrical vein; where the slower middle movements are concerned I reiterate what I implied in my review of the earlier disc that the depth of expression of which Vivaldi is capable is too often disregarded or underestimated. This music was intended to move the passions, to appeal to the senses and it does—unfailingly. A splendid issue in every respect. Warmly recommended.

-- Gramophone [1/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in D minor, RV 406 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in A minor, RV 44 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello), Ageet Zweistra (Cello), Christopher Hogwood (Organ),
Eugène Ferré (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Cello in C minor, RV 402 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in E flat major, RV 39 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Harpsichord), Eugène Ferré (Guitar), Ageet Zweistra (Cello),
Christophe Coin (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 42 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Organ), Eugène Ferré (Guitar), Christophe Coin (Cello),
Ageet Zweistra (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1990 
Venue:  Walthamtow Town Hall, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Cello in G major, RV 414 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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