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Vivaldi: 6 Double Concertos / Marriner, Academy Of St Martin


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 412892   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  William BennettLeonore SmithWilliam BrownNicholas Hill,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It was a happy idea to convene a selection of Vivaldi's double concertos on to a single LP. They are, without exception, attractive pieces and the programme planning is effective. Here we have concertos for two flutes, two mandolins, two oboes, oboe and bassoon, two trumpets and two horns. None of them, perhaps, is representative of Vivaldi at his most inventive, but each reveals the composer's feeling for tonal colour. Vivaldi's strongest invention and his most highly developed sense of fantasy perhaps lie in the double concertos for two violins. This is a comparatively untapped area amongst record producers but one which holds substantial pleasures in store both for performers and for audiences. It is only the handful which occur in the Read more sets printed during Vivaldi's lifetime which get a decent hearing, nowadays.

The best-known work in this collection is the Concerto for two mandolins, which immediately engages our interest in respect of Its unusual sonorities. The least familiar undoubtedly is the Concerto in D major, RV563. There is some doubt as to whether Vivaldi wrote the two wind parts for oboes or trumpets. Trumpets have been chosen for this performance but I have a feeling that oboes might have been more effective. This is not Vivaldi at his best and the trumpets, perhaps, emphasize the limited invention rather than conceal it. The Concerto for two horns is one of two attractive works of this kind by Vivaldi. Both are in F but the present one, unlike the other, includes the solo instruments in the slow movement, a captivating Larghetto.

Performances are infectiously lively and woodwind vibrato is less wide than has sometimes previously been the case.

-- Gramophone [6/1984]
reviewing the original LP release
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for 2 Flutes in C major, RV 533 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  William Bennett (Flute), Leonore Smith (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2. Concerto for 2 Horns in F major, RV 539 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  William Brown (French Horn), Nicholas Hill (French Horn)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3. Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Douglas Wootton (Mandolin), James Tyler (Mandolin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
4. Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G major, RV 545 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Celia Nicklin (Oboe), Graham Sheen (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5. Concerto for 2 Oboes in A minor, RV 536 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Graham Sheen (Bassoon), Barry Davis (Oboe), Celia Nicklin (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6. Concerto for Violin and 2 Oboes in D major, RV 563 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Graham Sheen (Bassoon), Barry Davis (Oboe), Celia Nicklin (Oboe),
Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

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