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Vivaldi: String Concertos / Berlin Baroque Soloists

Vivaldi / Berliner Barock Solisten / Kussmaul
Release Date: 10/31/2007 
Label:  Cavi Music   Catalog #: 8553060   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The style with which they play 18th-century repertoire on modern instruments with Baroque bows, and only the slightest hint of opacity in the sound gives a due to the fact that they are not using Baroque instruments. The selection they offer here is mostly of works that have come to be among Vivaldi's best-known: three of the more popular multiple concertos from Op 3 (two for two violins and that old favourite for four, RV580), his one and only concerto for two cellos, and that "ripieno concerto" (RV1S6) that starts with a chaconne. There is also a cello concerto and one relative rarity, an unpublished concerto for four violins (RV553). The cello soloists Georg Faust and Kristin von der Goltz turn in strong performances that mix Read more agility with neatly controlled tone and no little concentration, their reading of the central movement of RV53 1 is exquisitely drawn out, Pushing it to limits of slowness but losing nothing in intensity. The solo performances in the double violin concertos are also high-class, and if the quality is less consistent in the four-violin works, the right to be picky arises from the fact that these players are members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Right now, indeed, Germany seems to be the place where this kind of open-minded interchange is being achieved most successfully. When the results are as good and as enjoyable as this, who could doubt its worth?

-- Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone 6/2008
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in D minor, Op. 3 no 11/RV 565 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2007/02/2007 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2007/02/2007 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin 
Length: 11 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for 4 Violins in B flat major, RV 553 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2007/02/2007 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV 522 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2007/02/2007 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Cello in G major, RV 413 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2007/02/2007 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2007/02/2007 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV 156 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

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