Vivaldi: Violin Concertos & String Symphonies, Vol. 1

Vivaldi: Violin Concertos & String Symphonies, Vol. 1

by Shlomo Mintz

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Vivaldi: Violin Concertos & String Symphonies, Vol. 1

Recorded in 1992 during his brief but productive tenure as director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Shlomo Mintz's set of the Vivaldi violin concertos and string symphonies has already gained a great deal of deserved respect. Mintz's playing in the concertos is tirelessly energetic. He pays constant attention to every detail in the score, both in his solo part as well as in the orchestral accompaniment. Intonation is flawless throughout, and Mintz's tone is clear and unforced. The quip that comes up with any extensive recording of Vivaldi's works, however, is the old adage that Vivaldi merely wrote the same concerto 600 times. Although the liner notes make reference to Mintz's efforts to ensure that each concerto is given an independent life of its own, it's difficult to say whether or not this actually occurs. True, Mintz's slow movements are deeply stylized and certainly take on their own individual characters, the fast movements with their extensive use of sequential material do tend to all run together even in Mintz's capable hands. The highlight of this five-disc set is the third CD, which features a set of 11 rarely performed string symphonies, again given a great deal of care and nuance by the Israel Chamber Orchestra under Mintz. The packaging, while it technically does hold five CDs, is very clumsy and insecure.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2008
Label: Nimbus Records
UPC: 0710357250026
catalogNumber: 2500
Rank: 163128

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major ("Il grosso Mogul"), RV 208
  2. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 186
  3. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 6), Op. 3/6, RV 356
  4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("L'amoroso"), RV 271
  5. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 171
  6. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major ("L'estro armonico" No. 9), Op. 3/9, RV 230
  7. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G major ("L'estro armonico" No. 3), Op. 3/3, RV 310
  8. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E flat major, RV 254
  9. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C minor ("Il sospetto"), RV 199
  10. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D minor ("La stravaganza" No. 8), Op. 4/8, RV 249: Allegro
  11. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major, RV 232
  12. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("L'estro armonico" No. 12), Op. 3/12, RV 265
  13. Concerto for strings & continuo in C major, RV 114
  14. Sinfonia (Concerto), for strings & continuo in E minor, RV 134
  15. Concerto for strings & continuo in E minor, RV 133
  16. Concerto for strings & continuo in D major, RV 121
  17. Concerto for strings & continuo in F major, RV 136
  18. Concerto for strings & continuo in D minor, RV 127
  19. Concerto for strings & continuo in C minor, RV 119
  20. Concerto for strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 164
  21. Concerto for strings & continuo in G major, RV 150
  22. Concerto for strings & continuo in A major, RV 159
  23. Concerto for strings & continuo in A major, RV 160
  24. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E flat major, RV 260
  25. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D minor, RV 237
  26. Double Orchestra Concerto Per la SS Assontione di Maria Vergine, for violin, 2 string orchestras & continuo in D major, RV 582
  27. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major, RV 213
  28. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major, RV 228
  29. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A major, RV 340
  30. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 328
  31. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major, RV 205
  32. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 319
  33. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 172
  34. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 370
  35. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G major (also attributed to Giovanni Battista Somis), RV 302

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