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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Three Violin Concertos
     

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Three Violin Concertos

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by Giuliano Carmignola
 
Giuliano Carmignola is a former concertmaster of the La Fenice opera house in Venice, and he brings his formidable virtuosity to this highly theatrical new recording of Vivaldi's chart-topping Four Seasons, ably assisted by Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Marcon's harpsichord is

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Giuliano Carmignola is a former concertmaster of the La Fenice opera house in Venice, and he brings his formidable virtuosity to this highly theatrical new recording of Vivaldi's chart-topping Four Seasons, ably assisted by Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Marcon's harpsichord is virtually a second solo voice in many passages; indeed, the imaginative and prominent continuo playing is one of the glories of this version. The thwack of the lute, for example, adds an appropriately rustic sound to the "fire of Bacchus's liquor" at the beginning of Fall. Even some of the more outrageous touches (the Hitchcockian birds of Spring, the jazzy rhythms and "blue" notes of Winter's slow movement) are played with such exuberance and subtly shaped dynamics that any excess -- such as the attempt to play the fastest storm on record at the end of Summer -- is forgiven. Moreover, Carmignola's generosity with vibrato ensures that the lyrical elements are not shortchanged. Three additional concertos are included in premiere recordings. These are played with more restraint than the main work, but with no less drama and elegance. They seem to come from Vivaldi's later career (no dates are given on the recording), when the baroque was beginning to give way to a preclassical style; the E-flat concerto, for example, could pass for a work by C. P. E. Bach. The D major concerto, on the other hand, offers a Handelian opening, fearsome staccato passages, and a Paganini-like cadenza, all in the first movement! This is a winning combination of "old" and "new" Vivaldi, captured in a beautifully clear acoustic setting.

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Gramophone
Carmignola plays with immense brilliance... Great sound, full and forward and with every instrumental strand given its proper due. Rob Cowan

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969039120
catalogNumber:
90391
Rank:
3957

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Three Violin Concertos 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have heard the four seasons of vivaldi many times but not like this. it was an experience,unforgettable and amazing. Vivaldi would have been knocked out by it and upped his prices 100 fold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago