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Vivaldi: Concertos & Sonatas Opp. 1-12 Complete / I Musici

Vivaldi / I Musici
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802034   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Number of Discs: 19 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These important recordings by I Musici are brought together as a single box (19 CDs) for the first time on CD. The set is a fitting tribute to the ensemble that did more than any other to bring Vivaldi’s music to wider attention and includes a new booklet note by the Vivaldi scholar Michael Talbot. Among the featured soloists are Heinz Holliger and Salvatore Accardo.

"[Oboist] Louise Pellerin (with I Musici) produces the warmer, rounder and more 'appropriate' sound, and adds a little of her own decoration... In the rest [violinist] Fedorico Agostini plays with real distinction and embellishes tastefully where appropriate—the Largo of Concerto No. 8 is especially beautiful... Agostini and I Musici...win this one hands
Read more down, and with the support of a first-rate recording." -- John Duarte, Gramophone [2/1991] reviewing Op. 8, available individually as Philips 422386

"I have nothing but praise for this record. The music itself represents Vivaldi almost consistently at his best—and in very varied mood too... Severino Gazzelloni is a superb soloist. His tone is soft and limpid, his phrasing sweet, his articulation almost unbelievably crisp and rapid in the fast music... The playing of I Musici excels too, not primarily for its abundant energy and precision of ensemble, but for its sensitivity in the soft, sustained music (listen to the accompaniment in the first movement of La notte)—they catch a vein of rapt intensity that is often present in Vivaldi's best music but is rarely tapped... I warmly recommend it." -- Gramophone [3/1969] reviewing Op. 10, available individually as Philips 426949

"In terms of repertory the main interest focuses on the works of which there is no other available recording: the two- and one-violin Sonatas, Opp. 1 and 2 are clearly in the wake of Corelli in da camera mode, with a preludial movement (often of considerable length) and a variety of dances, in some cases admixed with abstract movements (Op. 1 No. 3 is the sole exception—two dances and nothing else). The Trio Sonata, Op. 1 No. 12 is another exception, a set of variations on La follia, 'after' but also 'longer than' Corelli's Op. 5 No. 12. These sonatas were products of the atelier in which Vivaldi learned to develop his materials and to give his movements greater stamina than Corelli's. Accardo and his colleagues give them refined and stylish performances, and the balance allows Canino's imaginative contribution to be heard clearly. The sonatas of Op. 5 were published as Nos. 13-18, presumably a follow-up to Op. 2; the last two are trio sonatas. They follow the same do camera pattern as those of Opp. I and 2 but are more restrained, the bass has less contrapuntal function, and they are more compact; here they enjoy the same admirable standard of performance." -- Gramophone [7/1991] reviewing the original release of this box set, Philips 426925
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 1 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1705; Venice, Italy 
2.
Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 2 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
3.
L'estro armonico, Op. 3 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
4.
Concertos (12) for Violin, Op. 4 "La Stravaganza" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Venice, Italy 
5.
Sonatas (6) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716; Venice, Italy 
6.
Concertos (6) for Violin, Op. 6 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716-1717; Venice, Italy 
7.
Concertos (12) for Oboe or Violin, Op. 7 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1716-1717; Venice, Italy 
8.
Concertos (12), Op. 8 "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
9.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
10.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
11.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
12.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
13.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
14.
Concertos (12) for Violin, Op. 9 "La Cetra" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
15.
Concertos (6) for Flute, Op. 10 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
16.
Concertos (6) for Violins, Op. 11 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Venice, Italy 
17.
Concertos (6) for Violin, Op. 12 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Venice, Italy 

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