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Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico / Podger, Brecon Baroque

Vivaldi,A. / Brecon Baroque / Podger,Rachel
Release Date: 03/10/2015 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 36515   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Rachel Podger
Conductor:  Rachel Podger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brecon Baroque
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following on from the extraordinary success of Vivaldi’s La Stravaganza and La Cetra on Channel Classics which respectively won a Gramophone Award and a Diapason d’Or de l’année, Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque have recorded Vivaldi's L’Estro Armonico Concertos for 1, 2, 3, and 4 violins. Written by Vivaldi in 1711, scholar Michael Talbot describes the works as “perhaps the most influential collection of instrumental music to appear during the whole of the eighteenth century.”

There's a sense of Podger and her players examining and analyzing every note in their preparation, deciding on its role, and placing it carefully back into context, without
Read more ever disturbing the forward energy and integrity of the recorded performance. This recording of the Concertos outclasses any I've experienced.

– BBC Music Magazine

There is plenty of detail, but it is natural and never fussy, and ornamentation is always clever, sometimes humorous, often delightful. What really shoots this recording straight to the top of the pile, however, is the sheer joy of it, the spontaneity and the tireless, surging musical energy of its many sudden feints and sallies.

– Gramophone

This disproves the accusation that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto hundreds of times: even though strings are the only sonority (enlivened here by varied continuo), the combinations of one, two, and four violin soloists provide endlessly different colors which Brecon Baroque fully exploit. Rachel Podger’s crack team deliver miracles of virtuosity.

– Guardian (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

L'estro armonico, Op. 3 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin)
Conductor:  Rachel Podger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brecon Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Just listenable for hours on end! September 16, 2016 By Roger Crane (Wolcott, NY) See All My Reviews ""Whenever Rachel Podger records, especially with the Brecon Baroque in an open spaced Catheral setting, we are in for a musical SACD of brilliance and an openness that pleases. On a medium to high end audio system, Jared Sacks is there to record every nuance of the performance. I believe that all of these top echelon human beings bring about a miraculous recording. All and each, the ultimate in their respective fields. They even go so far as to use van den Hul cables for use of their recording techniques. Again, with the unconstructed early sixteenth century violin played by the ultimate perfectionist in her field, Rachel Podger won't disappoint. She never does. 10 for performance/10 for recording. Every second is excellence." Report Abuse
 A New Standard March 6, 2016 By N. Crawford (Steilacoom, WA) See All My Reviews "This is not a technical response to this offering...If you are a Vivaldi fan, you are in for a new treat! There is nothing I can say to express the quality of not only the artistic prowess but also the production values demonstrated in this collection. This is simply superb. Podger is a revelation. I am currently updating some of my Bach, to include the versions now finished by Podger and her talented collective. The approach and execution are as if this music had not been played before: its that good!" Report Abuse
 Aother Vivaldi Work Enlivend by Podger August 19, 2015 By Archibald S. See All My Reviews "This is a fast paced, dynamic performance of Vivaldi' collection of concertos for stringed instruments. There is plenty of treble energy here. The concertos are not quite as outstanding musically as those in La Stravaganza, but there is more variety. The performance is similar in feeling to Podger's 2003 recording of La Stravaganza. For comparison I played the 1981 LP recording of L'estro Armonica by Christopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music. This is a more relaxed and nuanced performance of the concertos. For example, a difference in feeling between the major and minor key concertos, as well as in the pacing between allegros and adagios, is more apparent. The cello parts comes through more clearly. The contrast between the two recordings is quite enlightening. I played the SACD stereo layer of L'Estro Armonico only, which has excellent sound." Report Abuse
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