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Vivaldi: Concertos for 4 Violins from L'Estro Armonico / Banchini


Release Date: 02/12/2008 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 70902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Leila ShayeghStephanie PfisterChiara BanchiniDavid Plantier,   ... 
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc of Vivaldi concertos celebrates ten years of the French label Zig-Zag Territoires. The fulsome paean contained in the booklet, sometimes flowery in its prose, sometimes fanciful in its content – ‘Long may our CDs continue to stir this life force within you!’ etc. – may not win new friends, but the playing of Ensemble 415 certainly should. Director and founder of the group, Chiara Banchini has chosen the four Concertos for four violins from Vivaldi’s first and most varied printed sets, L’estro armonico (1711), as well as two further works that, along with the greater number of his concertos remained unpublished during Vivaldi’s lifetime, a Concerto in F major for three violins (RV 551) and in B flat for four (RV 553). For this Read more programme Banchini fields a group of 13 musicians though the listed personnel makes no reference to the often distinctly audible plucked string player(s). What these performances have in greater measure than some rival versions of L’estro armonico are a warmth of timbre – quite distinct from that of L’Arte dell’Arco (Chandos) for instance – and a spirit of intimate music-making. Notwithstanding some curiously specious remarks about Vivaldi’s music in her printed conversation with Olivier Fourés, Banchini achieves performances which are polished, clearly argued and meticulously prepared. She and her talented musicians, many of whom are her former pupils, have no difficulty in conveying both the virtuosity and the abundant fantasy and lyricism embodied in the music. Nowhere, perhaps, is the latter quality more in evidence than in their tastefully ornamented playing of the limpid andante of the Triple Violin Concerto, RV 551. A rewarding disc; perhaps the remaining eight concertos of L’estro armonico will follow. Let’s hope so.

-- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Leila Shayegh (Violin), Stephanie Pfister (Violin), Chiara Banchini (Violin),
David Plantier (Violin)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
2. Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in F major, Op. 3 no 7/RV 567 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eva Borhi (Violin), Stephanie Pfister (Violin), Chiara Banchini (Violin),
David Plantier (Violin)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
3. Concerto for 4 Violins in B flat major, RV 553 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eva Borhi (Violin), Stephanie Pfister (Violin), David Plantier (Violin),
Leila Shayegh (Violin)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4. Concerto for 4 Violins in D major, Op. 3 no 1/RV 549 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Chiara Banchini (Violin), Leila Shayegh (Violin), David Plantier (Violin),
Stephanie Pfister (Violin), Eva Borhi (Violin)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
5. Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, Op. 3 no 4/RV 550 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  David Plantier (Violin), Leila Shayegh (Violin), Chiara Banchini (Violin),
Stephanie Pfister (Violin)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
6. Concerto for 3 Violins in F major, RV 551 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eva Borhi (Violin), Chiara Banchini (Violin), Leila Shayegh (Violin)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580: I. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580: II. Largo - Larghetto
Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580: III. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3, No. 7, RV 567: I. Andante
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3, No. 7, RV 567: II. Adagio
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3, No. 7, RV 567: III. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3, No. 7, RV 567: IV. Adagio - V. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Violins in B flat major, RV 553: I. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Violins in B flat major, RV 553: II. Largo
Concerto for 4 Violins in B flat major, RV 553: III. Allegro
Concerto for 3 Violins in F major, RV 551: I. Allegro
Concerto for 3 Violins in F major, RV 551: II. Andante
Concerto for 3 Violins in F major, RV 551: III. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Violins in D major, Op. 3, No. 1, RV 549: I. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Violins in D major, Op. 3, No. 1, RV 549: II. Largo e spiccato
Concerto for 4 Violins in D major, Op. 3, No. 1, RV 549: III. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, Op. 3, No. 4, RV 550: I. Andante
Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, Op. 3, No. 4, RV 550: II. Allegro assai
Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, Op. 3, No. 4, RV 550: III. Adagio
Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, Op. 3, No. 4, RV 550: IV. Allegro

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