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Vivaldi: Violin Concertos & String Symphonies / Mintz, Israel CO

Vivaldi / Ico / Mintz
Release Date: 07/08/2008 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 2500  
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A fine collection of excellent music with playing of great refinement and technical brilliance throughout

"Shlomo Mintz was Music Adviser of the Israel Chamber Orchestra from 1989 to 1993, and his recordings of the Vivaldi concertos and string symphonies originally appeared on MusicMasters Classics on 10 discs, the first of which appeared in 1993...with precious few ‘complete’ recordings as opposed to a market awash with ‘The Four Seasons’ from Vivaldi’s Op.8 I can only regard the wider availability of Shlomo Mintz’s recordings as a welcome move by Nimbus.

Volume 1 of this Nimbus set contains none of the more famous named Vivaldi’s concertos for violin and orchestra...What we do have is a fine
Read more collection of excellent music, opening with an energetic Allegro from the concerto in D major RV208.

I know Shlomo Mintz’s playing from that set of J.S. Bach Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin on DG 413 810-2, so the ‘rodeo’ opening solo in this concerto, with added open strings, is quite a surprise – albeit a highly delightful one. With harpsichord continuo adding colour and richness rhythmic and harmonic to the accompanying orchestra, these performances have quite an ‘authentic’ feel even though played on modern instruments.

Disc 3 presents what the booklet notes are the first recordings of these String Symphonies, in which such issues of balance do not arise. These are hardly well represented in the catalogue, and aside from a set on Nuovo Era with Budapest Strings I was hard pressed to find them available anywhere else. Without the spectacular violin virtuosity or melodic emphasis of a soloist these works don’t always present the immediate impact or attraction of some of the concertos, but take the contrapuntal/fugal first movement of the Symphony in E minor RV134 and you will soon become involved in some fascinating musical discourse. There is some clear antiphonal writing between 1st and second violins, and as these are clearly separated left and right in these recordings, all of these effects come through with crystal clarity, and are often great fun. Embryonic little ‘skyrockets’, the opening calls to attention, and some searching soft centres with the slow movements can all be seen as precursors of the classical style, and listening blind there are sometimes relatively few clues to the baroque background from which these pieces derive – true, the harpsichord is a bit of a giveaway, but movements like the opening Allegro molto from RV121 are not so very far removed from that much later ‘sturm und drang’ feel. These gems have been some of the finest discoveries for me from this set, and make a strong case in their own right.

The market is not overly flooded with large collections of the less well known of Vivaldi’s concerti, although there are excellent single CD issues by Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra among others, which plough other furrows than those of the "Four Seasons". With playing of great refinement and technical brilliance throughout, these newly re-issued MusicMasters/Nimbus recordings are as good as self-recommending to any Vivaldi fan. Shlomo Mintz is a soloist of proven skill, and he shows both excellent leadership skills and musicianship in these recordings."

-- Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 208 "Il grosso Mogul" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2. Concerto for Violin in C major, RV 186 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3. Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
4. Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 271 "L'amoroso" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5. Concerto for Violin in C major, RV 171 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 3 no 9/RV 230 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
7. Concerto for Violin in G major, Op. 3 no 3/RV 310 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
8. Concerto for Violin in E flat major, RV 254 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
9. Concerto for Violin in C minor, RV 199 "Il sospetto" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
10. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 4 no 8/RV 249 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 
11. Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 232 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
12. Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 3 no 12/RV 265 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
13. Concerto for Strings in C major, RV 114 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
14. Concerto for Strings in E minor, RV 134 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
15. Concerto for Strings in E minor, RV 133 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
16. Concerto for Strings in D major, RV 121 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
17. Concerto for Strings in F major, RV 136 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
18. Concerto for Strings in D minor, RV 127 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
19. Concerto for Strings in C minor, RV 119 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
20. Concerto for Strings in B flat major, RV 164 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
21. Concerto for Strings in G major, RV 150 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
22. Concerto for Strings in A major, RV 159 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
23. Concerto for Strings in A major, RV 160 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
24. Concerto for Violin in F major, RV 292 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Notes: This selection is misidentified on the CD package as Concerto in F major, RV 260. 
25. Concerto for Violin in D minor, RV 237 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
26. Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in D major, RV 582 "Assumption BVM" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
27. Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 213 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
28. Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 228 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
29. Concerto for Violin in A major, RV 340 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
30. Concerto for Violin in G minor, RV 328 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
31. Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 205 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
32. Concerto for Violin in G minor, RV 319 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
33. Concerto for Violin in C major, RV 172 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
34. Concerto for Violin in B flat major, RV 370 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
35. Concerto for Violin in G major, RV 302 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Featured Sound Samples

Violin Concerto, RV 208 "Il grosso Mogul": I. Allegro
L'estro armonico: Violin Concerto no 6, RV 356: I. Allegro
L'estro armonico: Violin Concerto no 9, RV 230: I. Allegro

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