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Vivaldi II / Nigel Kennedy, Berlin Philharmoniker


Release Date: 11/02/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57859   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mitzi MeyersonNigel KennedyTaro TakeuchiOlaf Maninger,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nigel Kennedy and friends deserve credit for attempting to go beyond The Four Seasons and introduce listeners to some of the countless equally fine concertos that Vivaldi wrote for various forces. Certainly these bright, lively, period-influenced performances leave very little to be desired. Tempos are energetic, and the coordination between Kennedy and colleague Daniel Stabrawa in the two Double Concertos RV 519 and 507 is extremely tight and well balanced. In the triple concerto RV 578 for two violins and cello, the players attack the music with perhaps an excess of violence, particularly in the opening Adagio e spiccato, and both here and elsewhere the richly endowed continuo (both harpsichord and lute/guitar) gets a bit overly Read more demonstrative; but better too much enthusiasm than too little. Besides, they are only doing what any number of period players do, while retaining the warmer sonorities and smoother timbres of modern instruments.


I also think the arrangement of pieces has been very well thought out. Of the seven works, three are in minor keys interspersed with the major-key pieces; the Sonata No. 2 RV 12 stands at dead center, offering a welcome moment of intimacy and comparative relaxation between the more strenuous concertos. And the second group of three concertos gets away from purely violin works to include oboe (RV 548) and the triple concerto just mentioned. It's also worth pointing out that Kennedy's playing in the Largo of the A minor concerto RV 356, as well as in the big Larghetto of RV 230 (Op. 3 No. 9), is really beautiful and sensitive. The recorded sound is close up but never claustrophobic, and the balances between the soloists and the larger string group (calling this tiny handful of players the Berlin Philharmonic is almost silly) are well calculated. In short, this is a very distinguished disc of Vivaldi concertos, which is a good thing for Nigel Kennedy's many fans, as well as for Vivaldi. Buy with confidence.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Violins in A major, Op. 3 no 5/RV 519 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord), Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Taro Takeuchi (Guitar),
Taro Takeuchi (Lute), Olaf Maninger (Cello), Daniel Stabrawa (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord), Taro Takeuchi (Guitar), Taro Takeuchi (Lute),
Olaf Maninger (Cello), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for 2 Violins in C major, RV 507 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Taro Takeuchi (Guitar), Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord), Taro Takeuchi (Lute),
Olaf Maninger (Cello), Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Daniel Stabrawa (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D minor, RV 12 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Taro Takeuchi (Lute), Olaf Maninger (Cello), Taro Takeuchi (Guitar),
Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Daniel Stabrawa (Violin), Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in B flat major, RV 548 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Olaf Maninger (Cello), Taro Takeuchi (Lute), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe),
Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord), Taro Takeuchi (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 3 no 9/RV 230 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord), Taro Takeuchi (Guitar), Taro Takeuchi (Lute),
Olaf Maninger (Cello), Daniel Stabrawa (Violin), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
7.
Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in G minor, Op. 3 no 2/RV 578 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord), Daniel Stabrawa (Violin), Taro Takeuchi (Lute),
Taro Takeuchi (Guitar), Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Olaf Maninger (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto for 2 violins in A major RV519: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto for 2 violins in A major RV519: Largo
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto for 2 violins in A major RV519: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto in A minor RV356: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto in A minor RV356: Largo
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto in A minor RV356: Allegro
Concerto for 2 violins in C Major RV507: Allegro
Concerto for 2 violins in C Major RV507: Largo
Concerto for 2 violins in C Major RV507: Allegro
Solo Sonata No.2 in D minor, RV 12: Preludio. Largo
Solo Sonata No.2 in D minor, RV 12: Corrente. Allegro
Solo Sonata No.2 in D minor, RV 12: Gavotta. Presto
Solo Sonata No.2 in D minor, RV 12: Giga. Allegro
Concerto for violin & oboe in B flat RV548: (Allegro)
Concerto for violin & oboe in B flat RV548: Largo
Concerto for violin & oboe in B flat RV548: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto in D major op3 no9 RV230: (Adagio) - Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto in D major op3 no9 RV230: Larghetto
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto in D major op3 no9 RV230: (Adagio) - Allegro
12 Concerti grossi, '(L')estro armonico' Op. 3, Concerto for 2 violins and cello in G minor RV578: Adagio e spiccato
12 Concerti grossi, '(L')estro armonico' Op. 3, Concerto for 2 violins and cello in G minor RV578: Allegro
12 Concerti grossi, '(L')estro armonico' Op. 3, Concerto for 2 violins and cello in G minor RV578: Larghetto
12 Concerti grossi, '(L')estro armonico' Op. 3, Concerto for 2 violins and cello in G minor RV578: Allegro

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