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Vivaldi: Concertos

Vivaldi / Lislevand / Cto Italiano / Dantone
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30542   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio AzzoliniChristophe CoinSébastien MarqAnne-Katharina Schreiber,   ... 
Conductor:  Giovanni AntoniniRinaldo AlessandriniJean-Christophe SpinosiGottfried Von der Goltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura SoaveIl Giardino ArmonicoConcerto Italiano,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This boxed set gathers some of the finest Vivaldi concertos released in the Vivaldi Edition. Artists include Rolf Lislevand, Christophe Coin, Concerto Italiano, Il Giardino Armonico, Accademia Bizantina, and Ottavio Dantone.

Reviews of some of the original recordings that make up this set:

Dresden Concertos
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
Read more 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

Concertos for Strings
Gloriously alert and full-bodied playing produces a disc that is just waiting to be enjoyed... The music is unmistakably Vivaldi, of course, but ranges from brilliant violin figuration to creamy slow-drawn chords, and from vocal transcriptions to short fugues (and what enjoyable fugues, too!). The cumulative effect of it all is like visiting a workshop and finding there examples of all the things an artist might do when freed from the demands of a particular public. Concerto Italiano’s performances cannot be faulted. Alessandrini has a knack for vital and exciting music-making that is utterly straightforward and free from overworked mannerism. It is a difficult balance to achieve, but here it is allied to playing that is gloriously alert and full-bodied. This disc is just waiting to be enjoyed, so go on – it might bring you closer to Vivaldi as well!

– Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone

Cello Concertos
Christophe Coin’s reading of these concertos finds in them a particular quality of introspection, even introversion. Though he has all the technique necessary for the fast passage-work of which Talbot speaks, Coin rarely takes the opportunity to “dazzle”. Even the faster outer movements place more emphasis on grace, even a degree of elegant deliberation, than on flamboyance or sheer punch. As one knows from many of their other recordings Il Giardino Armonico can ‘do’ punch and flamboyance as well as, or better than, most; but here there is a kind of conscious restraint, a sense of power held in reserve, which complements the innerness of Coin’s playing with beautiful aptness. There is a striking beauty to some of these outer movements, a refined, dancing formality to which the continuo playing of Luca Pianta (theorbo and baroque guitar) and Riccardo Doni (harpsichord) makes almost as memorable a contribution as the soloist himself does. The closing allegro of RV 419, for example, is a gem, combining two sets of three variations with a rondo-like structure; the interplay between soloist and ensemble has an intimacy reminiscent of chamber music. In RV 409 Coin is joined, as fellow soloist, by bassoonist Alberto Guerra - who might have been given slightly more prominent billing - and the two work together very subtly in this distinctive concerto, in which first and second movements each alternate fast and slow sections before the work is rounded off by a closing allegro.

Good as some of these things are, it is perhaps in the slow movements that Coin’s interpretation is most memorable. Several of the andantes and largos are spun out with sustained lyricism at slower than usual tempos and the effects are often ravishingly beautiful. In the slow movements of some of Vivaldi’s concertos the scoring is for cello and continuo alone, so that we are, to all intents and purposes, in the world of the cello sonatas. The largo of RV 410 is scored for cello and continuo only and is of the finest of all of Vivaldi’s creations for the instrument. It has an exquisite and pathetic melodic line, to which Coin certainly does full justice. The largo of RV 398 is again scored purely for cello and continuo, and again its poignancy is very moving, the continuo work, like Coin’s own playing, of the very highest order.

Perhaps these relatively introspective readings of the concertos will not be to everyone’s taste; some might even feel the recording balance gives a little too much prominence to Coin. My own initial reservations melted away with repeated listenings. These are subtle, intensely personal readings of the concertos and while, perhaps, you might not want them to be the only recording of the concertos on your shelves, the committed lover of Vivaldi will certainly want them on his or her shelves.

– Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb International

Music for Mandolin and Lute
On this release, Rolf Lislevand is the soloist who presides over cutting-edge interpretations, employing a talented group of specialist period-instrument performers.

Lislevand first came to my attention a few years ago with a revelatory recital of unaccompanied seventeenth century French lute music titled ‘La Belle Homicide’ on Astrée Naïve E 8880. This superb release, recorded in 2003 at Maguelone Abbey in France, won my vote as a ‘2003 Record of the Year’.

The six attractive scores on the disc follow Vivaldi’s usual three movement fast-slow-fast design. The first work is the outstanding Concerto for 2 mandolins, strings and basso continuo, RV 532 with its buoyant and vivacious opening Allegro. The central Andante contains an intimate dialogue between the mandolin soloists and the final Allegro is quite stunning being packed with incident. The Trio for violin, lute and basso continuo, RV 85 is a generally introverted score and barely decorative. The Larghetto is tender and meditative with a closing Allegro that just bursts with energy.

The Concerto for mandolin, strings and basso continuo, RV 425 is an excellent score with vigorous and rhythmic outer Allegros and an enchanting central Largo of contemplative and nocturnal quality. Throughout the Mandolin Concerto one cannot help but notice the richly written parts for the string section. In the Concerto for viola d’amore, lute, strings and basso continuo, RV 540, the unusual blend of the two solo instruments is entrancing. The tender central movement Largo is evocative of a musical interchange between two lovers. I loved the playful Allegro that closes the Double Concerto.

I found the Trio for violin, lute and basso continuo, RV 82 an impressive score. It contains two good-humoured examples of the Allegro movement placed either side of a relaxing and affectionate Larghetto lento. The final score is the Concerto for 2 violins, lute and basso continuo in D major, RV 93. The melodic and memorable outer movements consist of an exciting and spirited opening Allegro giusto with a closing Allegro high on joie de vivre. The finest of all is the central movement Largo with one of the most beautiful melodies ever played on the lute. This is a score that could certainly be regarded as one of Vivaldi’s greatest hits.

Lislevand is an outstanding baroque guitarist who commands respect from the first note to the last with stunning interpretations that are awash with colour. He is at one with the emotional and technical demands of the music and I loved the way he imparts a spiritual, almost ethereal quality to the slow movements. The accompaniment is of the highest quality and I especially enjoyed the rich and varied basso continuo.

The Naïve engineers have provided especially warm and detailed sonics. The very close sound-picture at times even captures the breathing of the soloists and the operation of the instruments but the ear soon becomes accustomed.

Lislevand displays his impeccable credentials on this superbly performed and recorded release of Vivaldi mandolin and lute works from Naïve.

– Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Bassoon in G major, RV 493 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Bassoon in G minor, RV 495 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Bassoon in C major, RV 477 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for Bassoon in F major, RV 488 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, RV 503 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Bassoon in C major, RV 471 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7.
Concerto for Bassoon in E minor, RV 484 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
8.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, RV 419 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Cello in F major, RV 410 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
10.
Concerto for Cello in D minor, RV 406 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Cello in C major, RV 398 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, RV 421 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
13.
Concerto for Cello in D major, RV 404 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
14.
Concerto for Cello in G major, RV 414 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 52 Secs. 
15.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, RV 409 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
16.
Concerto for Strings in A major, RV 159 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
17.
Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV 153 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
18.
Concerto for Strings in D major, RV 121 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
19.
Concerto for Strings in D minor, RV 129 "Madrigalesco" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
20.
Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV 154 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
21.
Concerto for Strings in C major, RV 115 "Ripieno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
22.
Concerto for Strings in F minor, RV 143 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
23.
Concerto for Strings in F major, RV 141 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
24.
Concerto for Strings in C minor, RV 120 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
25.
Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV 156 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
26.
Concerto for Strings in A major, RV 158 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
27.
Concerto for Strings in D major, RV 123 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
28.
Concerto for Flute in G minor, Op. 10 no 2/RV 439 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sébastien Marq (Recorder)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mateus Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
29.
Concerto for Flute in F major, Op. 10 no 1/RV 433 "La tempesta di mare" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sébastien Marq (Recorder)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mateus Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
30.
Concerto for Flute in D major, Op. 10 no 3/RV 428 "Il gardellino" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sébastien Marq (Recorder)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mateus Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
31.
Concerto for Recorder in C minor, RV 441 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sébastien Marq (Recorder)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mateus Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
32.
Concerto for Piccolo in C major, RV 443 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sébastien Marq (Recorder)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mateus Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
33.
Concerto for Violin in G major, RV 312 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sébastien Marq (Recorder)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mateus Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Venice, Italy 
34.
Concerto for Violin, 2 Oboes, 2 Horns and Bassoon in F major, RV 569 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anne-Katharina Schreiber (Violin)
Conductor:  Gottfried Von der Goltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
35.
Concerto for 2 Oboes, Bassoon, 2 Horns and Violin in F major, RV 574 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gottfried Von der Goltz (Violin)
Conductor:  Gottfried Von der Goltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
36.
Concerto for Violin and Oboe in G minor, RV 576 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gottfried Von der Goltz (Violin)
Conductor:  Gottfried Von der Goltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
37.
Concerto for Violin, 2 Oboes, 2 Recorders and Bassoon in G minor, RV 577 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gottfried Von der Goltz (Violin)
Conductor:  Gottfried Von der Goltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
38.
Sinfonia for Strings in C major, RV 192 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gottfried Von der Goltz (Violin)
Conductor:  Gottfried Von der Goltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Venice, Italy 
39.
Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Rolf Lislevand (Mandolin), Eduardo Egüez (Guitar), Laura Johnson (Viola),
Guido Morini (Organ), Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore),
Riccardo Minasi (Violin), Balázs Maté (Cello), Ludovico Minasi (Cello),
Valerio Losito (Violin), Lorenz Duftschmid (Violone), Manfredo Kraemer (Violin),
Brigitte Taubl (Violin), Enrico Parizzi (Viola), Pablo Valetti (Violin),
Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 
40.
Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 85 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eduardo Egüez (Guitar), Laura Johnson (Viola), Riccardo Minasi (Violin),
Pablo Valetti (Violin), Balázs Maté (Cello), Enrico Parizzi (Viola),
Brigitte Taubl (Violin), Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore),
Rolf Lislevand (Lute), Guido Morini (Organ), Lorenz Duftschmid (Violone),
Manfredo Kraemer (Violin), Valerio Losito (Violin), Ludovico Minasi (Cello),
Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
41.
Concerto for Mandolin in C major, RV 425 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Rolf Lislevand (Mandolin), Laura Johnson (Viola), Eduardo Egüez (Guitar),
Pablo Valetti (Violin), Balázs Maté (Cello), Enrico Parizzi (Viola),
Brigitte Taubl (Violin), Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore),
Manfredo Kraemer (Violin), Valerio Losito (Violin), Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar),
Guido Morini (Organ), Lorenz Duftschmid (Violone), Ludovico Minasi (Cello),
Riccardo Minasi (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
42.
Concerto for Viola d'Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Laura Johnson (Viola), Pablo Valetti (Violin), Riccardo Minasi (Violin),
Balázs Maté (Cello), Enrico Parizzi (Viola), Brigitte Taubl (Violin),
Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Manfredo Kraemer (Violin), Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore),
Lorenz Duftschmid (Violone), Valerio Losito (Violin), Ludovico Minasi (Cello),
Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar), Guido Morini (Organ), Eduardo Egüez (Guitar),
Rolf Lislevand (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
43.
Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 82 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Balázs Maté (Cello), Enrico Parizzi (Viola), Éva Posvanecz (Violin),
Brigitte Taubl (Violin), Manfredo Kraemer (Violin), Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore),
Lorenz Duftschmid (Violone), Ludovico Minasi (Cello), Valerio Losito (Violin),
Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar), Guido Morini (Organ), Rolf Lislevand (Lute),
Laura Johnson (Viola), Pablo Valetti (Violin), Riccardo Minasi (Violin),
Eduardo Egüez (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
44.
Concerto for Guitar in D major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Éva Posvanecz (Violin), Brigitte Taubl (Violin), Enrico Parizzi (Viola),
Manfredo Kraemer (Viola d'amore), Manfredo Kraemer (Violin), Lorenz Duftschmid (Violone),
Valerio Losito (Violin), Ludovico Minasi (Cello), Thomas C. Boysen (Guitar),
Balázs Maté (Cello), Riccardo Minasi (Violin), Pablo Valetti (Violin),
Laura Johnson (Viola), Eduardo Egüez (Guitar), Rolf Lislevand (Lute),
Guido Morini (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Studio Tibor Varga - Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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 Fascinating Variety of Instruments September 17, 2013 By Glenn Holmer (Milwaukee, WI) See All My Reviews "There are a lot of little gems in this collection: the bassoon concertos are played in a really virtuosic manner, and the mandolin concertos... who knew? Excellent performances all around. The strings just shimmer with that senza vibrato style that's become a part of early music performances." Report Abuse
 Wonderful compilation Vivaldi's broad instrumenta December 27, 2012 By Donald S. (Edwards, CO) See All My Reviews "Wonderful sound and perfomances at a great price. Interesting and fun to listen to for me (a person interested in this classical genre). Try it, you'll like it!" Report Abuse
 Vivaldi straight from Turin December 23, 2012 By James Kendall (Kentfield, CA) See All My Reviews "This power-packed collection is gleaned from a collection of 450 Vivaldi manuscripts, many autographed, which abide in The National University Library in Turin; clearly, lovingly and honestly rendered for the sake of celebrating the distribution of the works. We are ushered back to when time was more expansive, within a spell you will be glad to relax into. Flutes - throughout and in the disc of La Tempesta di Mare - which are throaty, sad, and vivacious, all at once. Violincellos which remind me of a friend, decades ago, a Juilliard student, who played the instrument at Carnegie Hall. Beautifully packaged in color-coded jewel-boxes, each with its informative liner-notes booklet. All this at a price, for 6-discs, which borders on the miraculous. The disc of Mandolin and Lute concertos - the best I've ever heard - is alone worth the price of admission. This package is one of the best investments in music that I have made." Report Abuse
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