Vivaldi: Violin Concertos, Aria, Sonata

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
How much range do you want in a violinist? Do you want him/her to be able to play Berg as well as Mendelssohn? Shankar as well as Schnittke? Shostakovich as well as Mozart? If that's the case, then Daniel Hope is your violinist. Beyond his seemingly effortless virtuosity and apparently endless sensitivity, Hope has the widest range of nearly any classical-trained violinist before the public Vanessa-Mae excepted. This 2008 Deutsche Grammophon disc demonstrates Hope's incredible expanding repertoire with his first venture into Vivaldi. The program is a combination of three concertos, two sonatas, plus a soprano aria with violin obbligato, and as always, Hope plays a modern ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
How much range do you want in a violinist? Do you want him/her to be able to play Berg as well as Mendelssohn? Shankar as well as Schnittke? Shostakovich as well as Mozart? If that's the case, then Daniel Hope is your violinist. Beyond his seemingly effortless virtuosity and apparently endless sensitivity, Hope has the widest range of nearly any classical-trained violinist before the public Vanessa-Mae excepted. This 2008 Deutsche Grammophon disc demonstrates Hope's incredible expanding repertoire with his first venture into Vivaldi. The program is a combination of three concertos, two sonatas, plus a soprano aria with violin obbligato, and as always, Hope plays a modern instrument albeit with touches here of historically informed performance practice. In his hands, Vivaldi sounds fresh, new, and vital with the combination of energy and poetry that was the Italian composer's hallmark. Though Hope and the string players of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe use little vibrato and no portimento, his playing and theirs is never less than brilliant. Indeed, Hope's playing goes some ways further toward flat-out jaw-dropping. Try, for example, his exceedingly exciting performance of Vivaldi's take on the old Spanish dance "La Follia," and if its incandescent virtuosity doesn't floor you, perhaps this disc isn't for you. With the lovely addition of mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in the aria "Sovvente il sole" from the opera "Andromeda liberate" and recorded in crisp digital sound, this disc is a pure pleasure from start to finish. Deutsche Grammophon's digital is clean, close, and detailed.
BBC Music Magazine - Nicholas Anderson
Daniel Hope reveals himself as an ardent Vivaldian.... Hope puts thoughts and words into action with dynamic playing that pays more than lip-service to the example provided by historically informed performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947774631
  • Catalog Number: 001250102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major ("L'inquietudine"), RV 234 - Antonio Vivaldi & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (6:16)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byChamber Orchestra of Europe
    1. 1 Allegro molto
    2. 2 Largo
    3. 3 Allegro
  2. 4–6 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 273 - Antonio Vivaldi & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (14:53)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byChamber Orchestra of Europe
    1. 4 Allegro non molto
    2. 5 Largo
    3. 6 Allegro
  3. 7 Trio Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D minor ("La follia"), Op. 1/12, RV 63 - Antonio Vivaldi & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (9:32)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byChamber Orchestra of Europe
  4. 8–10 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E flat major ("La tempesta di mare"; "Il cimento" No. 5), Op.8/5, RV 253 - Antonio Vivaldi & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (9:12)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byChamber Orchestra of Europe
    1. 8 (Allegro e) Presto
    2. 9 Largo
    3. 10 Presto
  5. 11 Andromeda Liberata, serenata (opera; attributed): Aria. Sovvente il sole - Antonio Vivaldi & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (9:19)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byChamber Orchestra of Europe, Anne Sofie von Otter
  6. 12–15 Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D Minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 11), Op. 3/11, RV 565 - Antonio Vivaldi & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (8:25)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byChamber Orchestra of Europe
    1. 12 Allegro - Adagio spiccato
    2. 13 Allegro
    3. 14 Largo e spiccato
    4. 15 Allegro
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Performance Credits
Daniel Hope Primary Artist
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