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Concerto Veneziano / Carmignola, Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra


Release Date: 02/08/2005 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 000384902   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiPietro Antonio LocatelliGiuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This disc is really something special. Collectors are so spoiled for choice in the baroque repertoire at present, particularly on period instruments, but even in a glutted market this disc stands out for imaginative repertoire selection and outstanding interpretation. It's particularly gratifying, in these days of complete editions of everything, to see a discerning artist like Giuliano Carmignola choose four remarkably diverse works by three different composers, and simply play the living daylights out of them. The result roundly disproves the notion that Italian baroque violin concertos all sound the same, a point made even more forcefully by imaginative continuo work (on harpsichord, lute, and
Read more organ) by the Venice Baroque Orchestra that helps to emphasize each piece's individual character.


The two Vivaldi concertos, for example, couldn't be more different. RV 583, subtitled "in due cori," is a dialogue between the soloist and the two opposing orchestral groups, sometimes elegant, often virtuosic, and Carmignola's account of the beautiful central chaconne is haunting. The E minor concerto RV 278, on the other hand, is dramatic, passionate, and intense almost to the point of lunacy in its outer movements. The entry of the solo is a moment of high drama that Carmignola clearly relishes, and the entire work often sounds more like one of the more emotive and spasmodic creations of C.P.E. Bach than it does the coolly patterned tune-making of The Red Priest. The orchestra attacks this later work with an unbridled ferocity that never turns crude, and both concertos enjoy the distinction of ranking among Vivaldi's largest, lasting hear fifteen minutes apiece.


Locatelli's Op. 3 No. 9 is also a very large work (almost twenty minutes, even at "authentic" tempos which tend to be quick). It's one of the works contained in the collection "L'arte del violino," and it features extensive solo "capriccios" in its outer movements. Here another important characteristic of the these performances becomes especially audible: Carmignola's willingness to take risks. In the finale, for example, he negotiates the Bach-like polyphony of the central capriccio quite freely, in a way that at once celebrates the music's virtuosity and still suggests its roots in improvisation. His intonation in multiple stops is particularly impressive, as is his variety of articulation, smooth legato, and warm tone. In short, he communicates in a way that highlights the vocal nature of much of the melodic writing, and establishes a very real rapport both with the members of the string orchestra (several of whom have solos as well), and with the listener.


This vocal quality, particularly of the intimate kind, is nowhere more pronounced than in the final concerto, Tartini's D. 96. The difference between this work and Vivaldi's pieces can be likened to the contrast between Mozart and Beethoven, respectively. Mozart's wit and pathos is Beethoven's jollity and passion. Carmignola clearly understand the difference: much of his playing here, even in the virtuosic outer movements, is more lyrically oriented. As a bonus that sets the seal on this marvelous concert, you also get Tartini's alternative slow movement in which he admonishes the soloist to create in tones the following text: "In streams, in fountains and in rivers, run, bitter tears, until my harsh anguish is consumed." Now I ask you, who wouldn't want to hear that? So do yourself a favor and buy this magnificently played, perfectly recorded disc. It's an instant classic.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in B flat major, RV 583 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Rosazzo Abbey, Manzano, Italy 
Length: 13 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
L'arte del violino, Op. 3: Concerto no 9 in G major by Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Rosazzo Abbey, Manzano, Italy 
Length: 18 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin in A major, D 96 by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Rosazzo Abbey, Manzano, Italy 
Length: 13 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, RV 278 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Rosazzo Abbey, Manzano, Italy 
Length: 14 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in A major, D 96: Largo andante by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1770; Padua, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Rosazzo Abbey, Manzano, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Buy This April 22, 2013 By Mary Lynn H. (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "This CD is magnificent. The Vivaldi’s Concerto RV583 has become one of favorite pieces of Vivaldi. The second movement is so interesting and moving that it doesn't sound like Vivaldi. I could not recommend this CD more highly. The other pieces are great, too. Desert island material." Report Abuse
 Enjoyable and Rather Unique February 4, 2013 By Nathan Frick (Frisco, TX) See All My Reviews "Carmignola performs brilliantly revisits 3 composers in this CD, with excellent recording mix. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is fantastic. Music selection within the genre makes this enjoyable CD a great value." Report Abuse
 Perfect April 15, 2012 By Dr. Mitchell Gurk (Spencer, MA) See All My Reviews "As Carmignola usually is - Definitive." Report Abuse
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