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Vivaldi: 6 Cello Concertos / Christophe Coin, Hogwood


Release Date: 04/28/1989 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 4217322   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Discs devoted entirely to the Red Priest's cello concertos used to be very rare indeed, but the recording industry seems to be slowly correcting that oversight. This, however, is the first such disc employing original instruments. To my knowledge, RV. 416 was recorded only once before (by the Collegium Aureum for Harmonia Mundi some twenty-five years ago). RV. 412 receives its recorded debut in toto here, although the middle movement inexplicably appeared once before as a substitute for the one in RV. 411 on an SD by Iona Brown and the ASMF (Fanfare 8:2). The rest of the works on this program have received a reasonable amount of attention over the years.

Coin's instrument (Testore, c. 1750) has a soft, plaintive sound with
Read more none of the “juiciness“ of its modern counterpart. For RV. 413 and 418, he uses a “cello piccolo“ (De Lannoy, 1768), a term new to me. Hang me for a wooden-eared dullard, but I don't hear much difference between the two instruments other than a very slightly warmer tone in the former. I daresay this is one of Hogwood's best efforts on behalf of II prete rosso. His tempos are lively, but not driven, and there is none of the brusqueness that marred some of his earlier performances. In sum, a delightful disc that can be highly recommended to both the Vivaldian and the casual listener. The sound is excellent.

Those preferring their Vivaldi on modern instruments are directed to the performances by Ofra Harnoy with Robinson and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra on RCA Red Seal (Fanfare 12:1). The programs aren't the same (they only have RV. 401 in common), but then if that matters, you'll want both discs.

-- Nils Anderson, Fanfare [1/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, RV 424 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Cello in G minor, RV 416 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, RV 418 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Cello in F major, RV 412 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Cello in C minor, RV 401 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Cello in G major, RV 413 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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