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Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico Op 3 Vol 1 / Dantone, Montanari


Release Date: 08/26/2003 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47646   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fiorenza De DonatisLaura MirriStefano MontanariPaolo Zinzani,   ... 
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While his contemporaries' opinions were mixed regarding Vivaldi's compositional abilities, all were in agreement that as a violinist his skill and expertise were unsurpassed. In 1712, when he was 34, Vivaldi sealed that reputation with L'Estro armonico, a set of 12 concertos purposefully designed to wow the cognoscenti throughout Europe as well as (according to contemporary accounts) satisfy the composer's insatiable ego. More than for any previous work, Vivaldi took great care to choose the finest publisher on the continent (Estienne Roger in Amsterdam), dedicating the work to one of Italy's most important patrons (Ferdinand III of Tuscany). But most importantly, he composed one of the richest, most challenging, and musically varied Read more collections of string concertos offered to date. Vivaldi triumphed, and L'Estro armonico became the most influential music publication during the first half of the 18th century.


Here Ottavio Dantone and the Accademia Bizantina offer stylish, expert performances of Concertos 1-6 on this first volume of their complete cycle for Arts Music. For example, their incisive staccato passages of the opening Adagio e spiccato of the Concerto No. 2 are exceptionally well articulated with an impressive variety of dynamic and textural detail. The exuberant first Allegro of the Third concerto (featuring one of Vivaldi's most famous melodies) is joyously punctuated with Baroque guitar and harpsichord accents, often amid severely delineated ensemble rhythms that rival the urgency of Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante's equally striking performance. As you might expect, there also are plenty of flashy violin sequences where one or more of the soloists (Vivaldi varied the number from one to four) can display their virtuosity. In the two Allegros of the Fifth concerto, for instance, violin soloists Stefano Montanari and Fiorenza De Donatis have a field day negotiating the wild cadenza-like passages and breathtaking multiple stops. These splendid performances are complemented by Arts' crisp and clear engineering, and Stefano Aresi's informative notes highlight many of the unorthodox creative risks Vivaldi took in composing his masterpiece.
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 4 Violins in D major, Op. 3 no 1/RV 549 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Laura Mirri (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin),
Paolo Zinzani (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in G minor, Op. 3 no 2/RV 578 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano Montanari (Violin), Mauro Valli (Cello), Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Violin in G major, Op. 3 no 3/RV 310 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano Montanari (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, Op. 3 no 4/RV 550 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Paolo Zinzani (Violin), Laura Mirri (Violin),
Stefano Montanari (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for 2 Violins in A major, Op. 3 no 5/RV 519 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Fiorenza De Donatis (Violin), Stefano Montanari (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Stefano Montanari (Violin)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 

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