Vivaldi: Concertos / Christopher Hogwood
Academy of Ancient Music
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
From the antiphonal glory of RV 537 to the touching eloquence of RV 531, the playing is a model of period style.
The programme, sandwiching two string orchestral concertos between four varied concertos, is of the absorbing kind made possible only by Vivaldi's fecundity. All the works are in alternative recordings, though not so coupled, but the Academy's versions, making out the strongest possible case for using period instruments and practices, remain unequalled. The name of this recording's game is variety, sonorities and bespoke writing for the solo instruments. From the antiphonal glory of RV537 (Venetian shades of Gabrieli) to the touching eloquence of the Largo of RV531 (which I have often used to illustrate
Affekt and embellishment to students), the playing is a model of period style.
Though rather bass-heavy in RV151, the balance is excellent. Very strongly recommended.
-- Gramophone [5/1986]
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Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Audiophile demonstration disc June 27, 2013
By M. Owens (Wiley Ford, WV) See All My Reviews
"Having owned the original 1978 vinyl edition this Arkiv re-edition on compact disc is close in the fidelity of sound and representation of instruments. There are other versions of these pieces but Hogwood's directing and the Academy of Ancient Music perform admirably; Decca captures the performance with period instruments and the recording quality is excellent. Thankfully available through Arkiv's reissue service."