Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia / Biondi, Europa Galante
Virgin Classics Veritas
Number of Discs:
1 Hours 43 Mins.
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Specially Priced 2 CD Set!
Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante burst onto the musical scene with their first recording of The Four Seasons for Opus 111. That disc was a best seller, and deservedly so. For this remake, they have opted to use various original manuscript versions of each concerto in Vivaldi's Op. 8, a clever gambit that, quite frankly, most listeners will neither notice nor care about. Nor should they. What matters is the fact that the performances are every bit as brilliant and exciting as we have come to expect from this group, and if two of the erstwhile violin concertos appear here in versions for oboe (Nos. 9 & 12), well, so much the better.
Biondi still wields a mean violin. He's got the chops for the wilder moments in "La tempesta di mare", to say nothing of the finales of "Summer" and "Winter"; but he floats a lovely cantabile at such moments as the lazy central movement of "Summer" (with an especially loud barking viola). There are so many terrific performances of this music available that it may seem pointless to add another; but if you want the entire Op. 8 in great sound, stunningly performed, this set will certainly do.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Concertos (12), Op. 8 "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione" by Antonio Vivaldi
Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy
Date of Recording: 2000
Venue: Tibor Varga Studio, Sion, Switzerland
Length: 102 Minutes 47 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 4 Customer Reviews )
Whoa...Put's Muzak to shame! November 1, 2013
By William Kendall (Santa Rosa, CA) See All My Reviews
"Was awakened this morning around 6AM with Classical KDFC-San Francisco playing L'inverno from this recording of Four Seasons and seriously thought I was still dreaming. Is this Vivaldi's Winter?! What IS this, I remember thinking. Quite possibly the most dynamic interpretation of this wonderful, now hackneyed concerto in our time. As another reviewer noted, it's not to be casually listened to but experienced. Who doesn't just let this work become background noise with other renditions? Thankfully the radio station has their playlists available for review and even purchase through Arkiv. Twelve dollars well spent, and for immediate download. 5 stars and Bravo Mr. Biondi!"
Vivaldi how it should sound July 4, 2013
By Gerald Pegnall (NORWICH, Norfolk) See All My Reviews
"The Italians sure know how to play this familiar music. I would rate this as one of the best recordings I have heard both sonically and from the view of interpretation. Full marks and a good price."
WOW! May 3, 2013
By E. Wilson (Costa Mesa, CA) See All My Reviews
"Driving home from work and heard this wild & crazy rendition of Winter. It sounded like Vivaldi, but then I wasn't sure, but I knew I had to have it. Anticipation -I can't wait for it to arrive."