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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Vivaldi’s music enjoyed a cult following in Dresden after its introduction by the composer’s pupil Johann Pisendel, and listening to these works it is not hard to hear why. The two G minor concertos are scored for violin, two recorders, two oboes and strings (with an extra solo oboe in RV576), while the F majors both deploy a line-up of violin, two oboes, two horns and strings – rich stuff, reflecting the sumptuous sound-world of the Electoral orchestra.
Vivaldi revels in it all, the job of accommodating all the various solos in concise concerto movements inspiring him, it seems, to a joyously free-flowing stream of invention...the effect of this exhilarating and
colourful parade is rather like that of walking through a busy circus ground, the eye constantly caught by the sight of different acts in rehearsal....It is conceivable, however, that no troupe could perform with the exuberant aplomb and skill of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Their playing is buoyant, technically spot-on and alive with effortlessly controlled energy, and they make every one of the music’s gestures count..." - GRAMOPHONE
Review from Classics Today:
Vivaldi composed these concertos specifically for the Dresden Hofkapelle, whose 40-plus players made it one of the largest orchestras at the time (circa 1719). It also was among the finest, and Vivaldi took full advantage of the ensemble's capabilities in these "concerti con molto Istromenti". This form differs from the usual concerto grosso in that the many solo instruments are not given equal prominence but rather are positioned in a definite hierarchy--the violin is given the lion's share of the solo material while pairs of other instruments, primarily woodwinds, get the spotlight for briefer periods.
The most striking example of this is the first movement of the G minor concerto RV 576, where we hear an intricate, brilliantly constructed panoply of wind voices juxtaposed with the solo violin. The sound of duo recorders lends this concerto (as well as the other in G minor--RV 577) a wonderfully archaic quality, while the F major and C major concertos display the usual Vivaldian high spirits and cleverness of invention. However, the real gem in this collection is the Sinfonia RV 192, a work that blurs the lines between sinfonia and concerto and features some strikingly novel (even for Vivaldi) themes and ensemble textures. This is fascinating, stimulating music that Vivaldi fanciers, or even those whose exposure is limited to the Four Seasons, will find richly satisfying. The impressive result is all but guaranteed by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra's stylish and virtuosic performances under Gottfried von der Goltz's cogent and committed leadership. Opus 111's clear and vibrant recorded sound is the icing on the cake.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Sinfonia for Strings in C major, RV 192 by Antonio Vivaldi
Gottfried Von der Goltz (Violin)
Gottfried Von der Goltz
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Written: 18th Century; Venice, Italy
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I HAVE DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN!!! January 27, 2015
By ANDRE ROY (MONT-SAINT-HILAIRE, Quebec) See All My Reviews
"Well, THAT's the kind of music I would expect to hear when I finally get there! I'm a lifelong Vivaldi fan and this is him at his BEST! Quintessential Vivaldi! In my humble opinion, some of the most beautiful music ever composed on this planet, bar none! If I had to give up my extensive cd collection and could keep only one, I CONCERTI DI DRESDA would be it, without a doubt! The ENTIRE cd is an intense delight to listen to! This is baroque music at a whole other level! Grab it while it's still available! This is no hype! Buy it! You WON'T be disappointed!!! Need I say more? ANDRE ROY"