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Vivaldi: Concertos for the Emperor / Andrew Manze

Vivaldi / English Concert / Manze
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 2907332  
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andrew Manze
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Andrew Manze revisits Vivaldi with this compendium of six concertos written for Charles VI. It's an unusual collection: like the more famous Op. 9 concertos nicknamed "La Cetra", these six, taken from a larger set of 12 concertos, bear the same nickname. Never published (and offered here in reconstructed form), these works are full of strange harmonies and unsettling melodies. As Manze muses in his liner notes, it's quite possible that these concertos simply may have been too daring for publication. (Even today, these concertos might well prick the ears of those looking for gentle Baroque background music.)

Manze's scholarship and careful study are as fine as ever, leading
Read more to some surprising choices. RV 271, for example, is nicknamed "L'Amoroso", so Manze & Co. have dropped the harpsichord continuo in favor of the "lover's instrument", the baroque guitar. But the great fun here is to be found in the playing; Manze and the English Concert are firebrands who simply torch these scores, and this is one thrilling recording.

Some listeners might not like these players' rawness and grit, which is evident from the very first measures of the opening Concerto No. 2. Manze improvises cadenzas for three of these concertos that are as wild--and as far from prim-and-proper Baroque-isms--as one could imagine. The fast movements are truly breathtaking, building to a heart-stopping climax in the C minor concerto's final movement. (The culmination of that Allegro non molto is so agitating, and so exhilarating, that I played that movement three or four times in a row before I could bring myself to move on to the rest of the disc.) But when Vivaldi calls for lyrical sweetness, Manze is as delicate as can be, such as in the Concerto No. 7's dolorous Largo. The sound is close and true-to-life, and the resulting recording is a must-hear.

– Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com, reviewing original release Harmonia Mundi 907332 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in C major, RV 189 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 16 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 271 "L'amoroso" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 11 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin in C minor, Op. 11 no 5/RV 202 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 13 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 11 no 2/RV 277 "Il favorito" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in F major, RV 286 "Per la Solennità di S Lorenzo" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 14 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Violin in C major, RV 183 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 9 Minutes 26 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Quite a Production April 3, 2012 By M. Bishop (Clackamas, OR) See All My Reviews "I have six other albums by The English Concert, under the direction of Trevor Pinnock. I actually thought that they could not perform better than they did, until now. They authentically reproduce the sounds of the era of Vivaldi better than could possibly be imagined. The sonorous sounds of the violins under Manze's direction could not be better. I highly recommend this album to those who have tracked The English Concert and their productions--from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons to Handel's Concerti Grossi and beyond. You will love this latest release." Report Abuse
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