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Vivaldi: Famous Chamber Concertos / Il Giardino Armonico


Release Date: 06/08/1993 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 91852   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are baroque bands that are frankly dull and there are others on whom stylistic felicity sits naturally and gracefully; II Giardino Armonico, an 11-strong period-instrument group of young Italians, is one of the most joyous to have come my way. Italy, the birthplace of the baroque, has been curiously slow in coming forward with a specialized unit such as this, but the wait has been worthwhile; II Giardino Armonico are as Italian as the music itself—brightly coloured, individualistic, confident, stylish, arrestingly decorated, bubbling with enthusiasm and ... add your own adjectives.

The only un-Italian thing about them is their collective unanimity! Set these performances against any others in the catalogue and, with no
Read more detriment to the others, the differences are likely to deal you a blow to the solar plexus. Any sneaking fear that such unbridled élan leads to a uniformly vigorous approach is unfounded; equally 'Italian' is their wide dynamic range, dramatically exploited in RVI04 and RV63, and all calls for serenity are answered.

The recording is as bright and clear as the music, and the balance short-changes no one —not even those who operate the plucked strings. The enthusiasm of my recommendation matches that with which II Giardino Armonico patently made this recording. More, please, and soon!

-- Gramophone [7/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1. Chamber Concerto in F major, RV 98 "La tempesta di mare" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2. Chamber Concerto for Flute, 2 Violins and Bassoon in G minor, RV 104 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3. Concerto for Guitar in D major by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4. Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in D minor, Op. 1 no 12/RV 63 "La Follia" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1705; Venice, Italy 
5. Concerto for Recorder in F major, RV 442 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6. Chamber Concerto for Recorder, Oboe, Violin and Bassoon in D major, RV 94 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7. Chamber Concerto for Recorder and 2 Violins in A minor, RV 108 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
8. Chamber Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Bassoon and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 107 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

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