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Best-loved Baroque Italian Concertos


Release Date: 08/14/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 91378   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arcangelo CorelliTomaso AlbinoniGiovanni Battista PergolesiAntonio Vivaldi
Performer:  José Luis GarciaMary EadeNeil BlackWilliam Bennett,   ... 
Conductor:  Ian Watson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Virgin's 2007 compilation Best Baroque Italian Concertos consists of five lively concertos of varying instrumentation by Arcangelo Corelli, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Tomaso Albinoni, and Antonio Vivaldi, surrounding the CD's greatest hit and biggest draw, Remo Giazotto's melancholy Adagio in G minor (once attributed to Albinoni and presented here in the familiar arrangement for violin, strings, and organ.) Considering that this label has produced many exceptional collections of Baroque music in historically informed performances, that Ian Watson and the English Chamber Orchestra have a long-established relationship in playing works of this period, and that the performances are first-rate, the listener can hardly go wrong in choosing this Read more budget reissue to get acquainted with some important styles of Baroque composition. Aside from the Adagio (which is as overplayed as any piece of classical music and needs no explanation), the concertos are possibly less familiar but certainly no less attractive, and quite vivid, particularly for the enjoyable solos of violinists José-Luis Garcia and Mary Eade, flutist William Bennett, and oboist Neil Black. Recorded by EMI in 1991, the sound is crisp and clearly defined, and all the parts can be heard in the finest detail, not least Watson's skillful continuo parts on organ and harpsichord, and the inner parts of the concertinos in the two concerti grossi.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 2 in F major by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer:  José Luis Garcia (Violin), Mary Eade (Violin)
Conductor:  Ian Watson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
2.
Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 9: no 2 for Oboe in D minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Neil Black (Oboe)
Conductor:  Ian Watson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  William Bennett (Flute)
Conductor:  Ian Watson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
4.
Concerto for Violin and Organ in D minor, RV 541 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Ian Watson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Ian Watson (Organ)
Conductor:  Ian Watson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Concerto Grosso in F major Op.6 No.2 (2007 Digital Remaster): I Vivace - Allegro
Concerto Grosso in F major Op.6 No.2 (2007 Digital Remaster): II Vivace - Allegro
Concerto Grosso in F major Op.6 No.2 (2007 Digital Remaster): III Allegro
Concerto Grosso in F major Op.6 No.2 (2007 Digital Remaster): IV Grave - Andante largo
Concerto Grosso in F major Op.6 No.2 (2007 Digital Remaster): V Allegro
Flute Concerto in G (2007 Digital Remaster): I - Spiritoso
Flute Concerto in G (2007 Digital Remaster): II - Adagio
Flute Concerto in G (2007 Digital Remaster): III - Allegro Spiritoso
Concerto for violin and organ in D minor (2007 Digital Remaster): I Allegro
Concerto for violin and organ in D minor (2007 Digital Remaster): II Grave
Concerto for violin and organ in D minor (2007 Digital Remaster): III Allegro
Adagio for strings and organ in G minor (2007 Digital Remaster)
Concerto grosso in A minor (2007 Digital Remaster): I Allegro
Concerto grosso in A minor (2007 Digital Remaster): II Largo
Concerto grosso in A minor (2007 Digital Remaster): III Allegro molto
Concerto for oboe in D minor (2007 Digital Remaster): I Allegro e non presto
Concerto for oboe in D minor (2007 Digital Remaster): II Adagio
Concerto for oboe in D minor (2007 Digital Remaster): III Allegro

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