Vivaldi: Doubles Concertos

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
With more than 500 concertos to choose from, it is easy to select an attractive program of Vivaldi's orchestral music. Indeed, some would argue that with such depth of repertoire, it would be hard not to assemble such a program. But one way or another, one would have to agree that the six works on this 2007 Harmonia Mundi disc make up a singularly attractive program. It opens and closes with two three-movement concerto grossos for string orchestra, and at its center are four enchanting concertos for four different sets of soloists. Each work and each set of soloists is first-rate and the quality of the playing raises even the most familiar work here to new heights. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
With more than 500 concertos to choose from, it is easy to select an attractive program of Vivaldi's orchestral music. Indeed, some would argue that with such depth of repertoire, it would be hard not to assemble such a program. But one way or another, one would have to agree that the six works on this 2007 Harmonia Mundi disc make up a singularly attractive program. It opens and closes with two three-movement concerto grossos for string orchestra, and at its center are four enchanting concertos for four different sets of soloists. Each work and each set of soloists is first-rate and the quality of the playing raises even the most familiar work here to new heights. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is a suave-toned, sweet-tempered, supremely virtuosic period-instrument orchestra that has demonstrated its excellence many times before. As led by violinist Georg Kallweit in all but the opening "Concerto Grosso in G minor," the Akademie seems born to play Vivaldi. The suppleness of the tempos, the intensity of the intonation, and the fire in the tone ideally suit Vivaldi at his energetic best. It would be hard to pick out a single favorite, but if you want just a sample of what the Akademie can do with Vivaldi, try the penultimate "Double Concerto in A minor" for two violinists featuring Kallweit and Midori Seiler. The fire in the outer Allegros and the passion in the central Larghetto e spiritoso are simply scorching. Harmonia Mundi's sound is crisp, colorful, and deep.
Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
Some of the composer's most deluxe concertos, performed with spirit and virtuosity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 794881848225
  • Catalog Number: 901975

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Concerto for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 156 - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Antonio Vivaldi (6:17)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byMidori Seiler
    1. 1Allegro
    2. 2Adagio
    3. 3Allegro
  2. 4–6 Double Oboe Concerto for 2 oboes (or recorders), strings & continuo in D minor, RV 535 - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Antonio Vivaldi (8:20)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byGeorg Kallweit
    1. 4Largo - Allegro
    2. 5Largo
    3. 6Allegro molto
  3. 7–9 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("L'estro armonico" No. 12), Op. 3/12, RV 265 - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Antonio Vivaldi (9:29)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byGeorg Kallweit
    1. 7Allegro
    2. 8Largo
    3. 9Allegro
  4. 10–12 Double Cello Concerto, for 2 cellos, strings & continuo in G Minor, RV 531 - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Antonio Vivaldi (10:49)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byGeorg Kallweit
    1. 10Allegro
    2. 11Largo
    3. 12Allegro
  5. 13–15 Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 8), Op. 3/8, RV 522 - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Antonio Vivaldi (9:43)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byGeorg Kallweit
    1. 13Allegro
    2. 14Larghetto e spiritoso
    3. 15Allegro
  6. 16–18 Concerto for violin, 2 trombones da caccia, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 574 - Antonio Vivaldi & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (11:34)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byGeorg Kallweit
    1. 16Allegro
    2. 17Grave
    3. 18Allegro
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin Primary Artist
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