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Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia / Biondi, Europa Galante


Release Date: 07/31/2001 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 45465   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fabio Biondi
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Specially Priced 2 CD Set!


Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante burst onto the musical scene with their first recording of The Four Seasons for Opus 111. That disc was a best seller, and deservedly so. For this remake, they have opted to use various original manuscript versions of each concerto in Vivaldi's Op. 8, a clever gambit that, quite frankly, most listeners will neither notice nor care about. Nor should they. What matters is the fact that the performances are every bit as brilliant and exciting as we have come to expect from this group, and if two of the erstwhile violin concertos appear here in versions for oboe (Nos. 9 & 12), well, so much the better.

Read more /> Biondi still wields a mean violin. He's got the chops for the wilder moments in "La tempesta di mare", to say nothing of the finales of "Summer" and "Winter"; but he floats a lovely cantabile at such moments as the lazy central movement of "Summer" (with an especially loud barking viola). There are so many terrific performances of this music available that it may seem pointless to add another; but if you want the entire Op. 8 in great sound, stunningly performed, this set will certainly do.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (12), Op. 8 "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Tibor Varga Studio, Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 102 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 No. 1 RV 269, 'La primavera' from 'I quattroni stgaioni': I. Allegro
Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 No. 1 RV 269, 'La primavera' from 'I quattroni stgaioni': II. Largo
Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 No. 1 RV 269, 'La primavera' from 'I quattroni stgaioni': III. Allegro
Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 8 No. 2 RV 315, 'L'estate', from 'I quattroni stagioni': I. Allegro non molto
Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 8 No. 2 RV 315, 'L'estate', from 'I quattroni stagioni': II. Adagio
Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 8 No. 2 RV 315, 'L'estate', from 'I quattroni stagioni': III. Presto
Concerto No. 3 in F major Op. 8 No. 3 RV 293, 'L'autunno' from 'I quattro stagioni': I. Allegro
Concerto No. 3 in F major Op. 8 No. 3 RV 293, 'L'autunno' from 'I quattro stagioni': II. Adagio molto
Concerto No. 3 in F major Op. 8 No. 3 RV 293, 'L'autunno' from 'I quattro stagioni': III. Allegro
Concerto No. 4 in F minor Op. 8 No. 4 RV 297, 'L'inverno' from 'I quattri stagioni': I. Allegro non molto
Concerto No. 4 in F minor Op. 8 No. 4 RV 297, 'L'inverno' from 'I quattri stagioni': II. Largo
Concerto No. 4 in F minor Op. 8 No. 4 RV 297, 'L'inverno' from 'I quattri stagioni': III. Allegro
Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 8 No. 5 RV 253, 'La tempesta di mare' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): I. Presto
Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 8 No. 5 RV 253, 'La tempesta di mare' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): II. Largo
Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 8 No. 5 RV 253, 'La tempesta di mare' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): III. Presto
Concerto No. 7 in D minor Op. 8 No. 7 RV 242 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): I. Allegro
Concerto No. 7 in D minor Op. 8 No. 7 RV 242 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): II. Largo
Concerto No. 7 in D minor Op. 8 No. 7 RV 242 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): III. Allegro
Concerto No. 11 in D major Op. 8 No. 11 RV 210 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): I. Allegro
Concerto No. 11 in D major Op. 8 No. 11 RV 210 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): II. Largo
Concerto No. 11 in D major Op. 8 No. 11 RV 210 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): III. Allegro
Concerto No. 10 in B flat major Op. 8 No. 10 RV 362, 'La caccia' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): I. Allegro
Concerto No. 10 in B flat major Op. 8 No. 10 RV 362, 'La caccia' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): II. Adagio
Concerto No. 10 in B flat major Op. 8 No. 10 RV 362, 'La caccia' (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione): III. Allegro
Concerto No. 9 in D minor Op. 8 No. 9 RV 236 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): I. Allegro
Concerto No. 9 in D minor Op. 8 No. 9 RV 236 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): II. Largo
Concerto No. 9 in D minor Op. 8 No. 9 RV 236 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): III. Allegro
Concerto No. 8 in G minor Op. 8 No. 8 RV 332 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): I. Allegro
Concerto No. 8 in G minor Op. 8 No. 8 RV 332 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): II. Largo
Concerto No. 8 in G minor Op. 8 No. 8 RV 332 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): III. Allegro
Concerto No. 6 in C major Op. 8 No. 6 RV 180 (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8): I. Allegro
Concerto No. 6 in C major Op. 8 No. 6 RV 180 (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8): II. Largo
Concerto No. 6 in C major Op. 8 No. 6 RV 180 (from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8): III. Allegro
Concerto No. 12 in C major Op. 8 No. 12 RV 178 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): I. Allegro
Concerto No. 12 in C major Op. 8 No. 12 RV 178 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): II. Largo
Concerto No. 12 in C major Op. 8 No. 12 RV 178 (from 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'): III. Allegro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Whoa...Put's Muzak to shame! November 1, 2013 By William Kendall (Santa Rosa, CA) See All My Reviews "Was awakened this morning around 6AM with Classical KDFC-San Francisco playing L'inverno from this recording of Four Seasons and seriously thought I was still dreaming. Is this Vivaldi's Winter?! What IS this, I remember thinking. Quite possibly the most dynamic interpretation of this wonderful, now hackneyed concerto in our time. As another reviewer noted, it's not to be casually listened to but experienced. Who doesn't just let this work become background noise with other renditions? Thankfully the radio station has their playlists available for review and even purchase through Arkiv. Twelve dollars well spent, and for immediate download. 5 stars and Bravo Mr. Biondi!" Report Abuse
 Vivaldi how it should sound July 4, 2013 By Gerald Pegnall (NORWICH, Norfolk) See All My Reviews "The Italians sure know how to play this familiar music. I would rate this as one of the best recordings I have heard both sonically and from the view of interpretation. Full marks and a good price." Report Abuse
 WOW! May 3, 2013 By E. Wilson (Costa Mesa, CA) See All My Reviews "Driving home from work and heard this wild & crazy rendition of Winter. It sounded like Vivaldi, but then I wasn't sure, but I knew I had to have it. Anticipation -I can't wait for it to arrive." Report Abuse
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