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Triples - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, L'estro Armonico / Fasano, I Virtuosi Di Roma

Vivaldi / Fasano,Renato
Release Date: 03/25/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 09449  
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Guido MozzatoFranco GulliAngelo StefanatoMario Benvenuti,   ... 
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are romantic but sensitively intelligent traversals.

Back in the years 1958-62 when these recordings were made we were living in fertile times in the explosive history of Vivaldi on record. Earlier Molinari, so richly excoriated, so blazingly eviscerated by his compatriot Toscanini for his political “sins”, was producing his editions and going so far as to record an all-orchestral, non-soloistic version of the Four Seasons; he had been the pioneer. Others followed - Kaufman of course and Olevsky and others. But in many ways it was the profusion of Italian talent that dominated the scene. It was this post-Molinari, pre-Scimone scene that is in many ways one of the richest nostalgia and heady spirits with Bernedetto
Read more Pavello and Ferrari among them. I think also of the international flux that contained such as Barchet, Warchal, Schneiderhan and Tomasow. But amongst them, as indicated, the native muse flourished the most and even with I Soloisti di Zagreb in the wings the Virtuosi di Roma under Renato Fasano shed a shining light.

The soloists in the Virtuosi included Luigi Ferro and Guido Mozzato in the Four Seasons and a phalanx of splendid players elsewhere - Edmondo Malanotte, Franco Gulli, the illustrious Alberto Poltronieri, and Angelo Stefanato amongst them. They all make tremendous contributions.

The Four Seasons is an alert, buoyant and excellent reading, unusual in that we have two soloists, Ferro in RV 269 and 293 and Mazzato in 315 and 297. The harpsichord rallentando in the Allegro of Spring is, true, very much of its time in its expressive freedom but it’s wisest to see these performances as part of a continuum of Vivaldian exploration and not to engage in post-facto recriminations over matters of style, all too prevalent a tactic in the reviewing business. The playing as such is vibrant, romantic and warm toned, though by no means indulgent. The cadential passage in the concerto’s finale is stretched elastically and the tutti is therefore abrupt but the legato remains smooth, remains lean. There’s plenty of stasis in Mozzato and Fasano’s Summer whilst the thematic and tempo relationships of Autumn have been cannily and winningly thought through. Listen to the listless harpsichord in its Largo. It’s Mozzato who unveils the grave lyric nobility of Winter, undecorated. Orchestral pizzicati are finely scaled unlike the Technicolor monsters that have since emerged as pictorial playthings.

The Flute Concerto is not quite so well balanced with the harpsichord unusually backward. But La tempesta di mare – once again with Malanotte – is characteristically Mediterranean in its warmth and vibrancy. Virtuosity and assurance are unimpeded by indulgence. L’Estro Armonico features many of the excellent players noted above. This is playing of quiet intensity; the bass line definition is good, separation of the solo lines equally so and only a real curmudgeon would fail to be moved by Ferro and Malanotte’s teamwork in the B minor [No.10] or Gulli’s sheer refinement in the Larghetto e spiritoso of No.8. The Ninth is possibly the best known of Op.3 and is in the safest, most generous of hands here.

The earliest of these recordings are now racking up half a century so newcomers will know better than to look for things that were not then being explored stylistically. These are romantic but sensitively intelligent traversals – not treacly, or overusing vibrato. The set will appeal to those for whom the late fifties Romantic mainstream still embraced Vivaldi – before music became parcelled out to micro-managers, fetishists and professorial musicologists and their vibrato-free Elysium.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Guido Mozzato (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Guido Mozzato (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Guido Mozzato (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Guido Mozzato (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Guido Mozzato (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Strings in A major by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7.
Concerto for Violin in G major, Op. 3 no 3/RV 310 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Franco Gulli (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
8.
Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, Op. 3 no 4/RV 550 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Angelo Stefanato (Violin), Mario Benvenuti (Violin), Franco Gulli (Violin),
Renato Ruotolo (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
9.
Concerto for 2 Violins in A major, Op. 3 no 5/RV 519 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Renato Ruotolo (Violin), Mario Benvenuti (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
10.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Franco Gulli (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
11.
Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in F major, Op. 3 no 7/RV 567 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Luigi Ferro (Violin), Edmondo Malanotte (Violin), Mario Benvenuti (Violin),
Franco Gulli (Violin), Benedetto Mazzacurati (Cello)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
12.
Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV 522 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Franco Gulli (Violin), Edmondo Malanotte (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
13.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 3 no 9/RV 230 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Luigi Ferro (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
14.
Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Edmondo Malanotte (Violin), Benedetto Mazzacurati (Cello), Luigi Ferro (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
15.
Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in D minor, Op. 3 no 11/RV 565 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Edmondo Malanotte (Violin), Benedetto Mazzacurati (Cello), Luigi Ferro (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
16.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 3 no 12/RV 265 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Luigi Ferro (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
17.
Concerto for Flute in D major, Op. 10 no 3/RV 428 "Il gardellino" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Pasquale Rispoli (Flute)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
18.
Concerto for Violin in E flat major, Op. 8 no 5/RV 253 "La tempesta di mare" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Edmondo Malanotte (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
19.
Concerto for 4 Violins in D major, Op. 3 no 1/RV 549 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alberto Poltronieri (Violin), Mario Benvenuti (Violin), Franco Gulli (Violin),
Edmondo Malanotte (Violin)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
20.
Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in G minor, Op. 3 no 2/RV 578 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Guido Mozzato (Violin), Luigi Ferro (Violin), Benedetto Mazzacurati (Cello)
Conductor:  Renato Fasano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 8 No. 1 "Spring", RV 269 from "The Four Seasons" (1995 Digital Remaster): I - Allegro
Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 8 No. 1 "Spring", RV 269 from "The Four Seasons" (1995 Digital Remaster): II - Largo
Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 8 No. 1 "Spring", RV 269 from "The Four Seasons" (1995 Digital Remaster): III - Allegro
Concerto No.2 in G minor, 'Summer' (from The Four Seasons): I Allegro non molto
Concerto No.2 in G minor, 'Summer' (from The Four Seasons): II Largo
Concerto No.2 in G minor, 'Summer' (from The Four Seasons): III Allegro
Concerto No.3 in F, 'Autumn' (from The Four Seasons): I Allegro
Concerto No.3 in F, 'Autumn' (from The Four Seasons): II Largo
Concerto No.3 in F, 'Autumn' (from The Four Seasons): III Allegro
Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8 No. 4 "Winter", RV 297 from "The Four Seasons": I - Allegro non molto
Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8 No. 4 "Winter", RV 297 from "The Four Seasons": II - Largo
Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8 No. 4 "Winter", RV 297 from "The Four Seasons": III - Allegro
Concerto in A: I Allegro molto
Concerto in A: II Andante molto
Concerto in A: III Allegro
Flute Concerto in D major, Op.10 No.3 'Il Gardellino' (1995 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Flute Concerto in D major, Op.10 No.3 'Il Gardellino' (1995 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Flute Concerto in D major, Op.10 No.3 'Il Gardellino' (1995 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E flat 'La tempesta di mare' Op. 8 No. 5 (RV253) (1995 Digital Remaster): I. Presto
Violin Concerto in E flat 'La tempesta di mare' Op. 8 No. 5 (RV253) (1995 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Violin Concerto in E flat 'La tempesta di mare' Op. 8 No. 5 (RV253) (1995 Digital Remaster): III. Presto
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 1 in D major RV549: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 1 in D major RV549: Largo e spiccato
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 1 in D major RV549: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 2 in G minor RV578: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 2 in G minor RV578: Larghetto
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 2 in G minor RV578: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 3 in G major RV310: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 3 in G major RV310: Largo
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 3 in G major RV310: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 4 in E minor RV550: Andante
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 4 in E minor RV550: Allegro assai
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 4 in E minor RV550: Adagio
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 4 in E minor RV550: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 5 in A major RV519: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 5 in A major RV519: Largo
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 5 in A major RV519: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 6 in A minor RV356: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 6 in A minor RV356: Largo
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico) (1996 Digital Remaster), No. 6 in A minor RV356: Allegro

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