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Antonio Vivaldi

Philips 473310

Violin Concertos "La Cetra" Op. 9 (1727)

  • Concerto for Violin in C Major, RV 181a
  • Concerto for Violin in A Major, RV 345
  • Concerto for Violin in G minor, RV 334
  • Concerto for Violin in E Major, RV 263a
  • Concerto for Violin in A minor, RV 358
  • Concerto for Violin in A Major, RV 348
  • Concerto for Violin in B Flat Major, RV 359
  • Concerto for Violin in D minor, RV 238
  • Concerto for 2 Violins in B Flat Major, RV 530
  • Concerto for Violin in G Major, RV 300
  • Concerto for Violin in C minor, RV 198a
  • Concerto for Violin in B minor, RV 391
I Musici
Philips Duo 473310-2 130m DDD
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This is an extremely welcome reissue of some rare Vivaldi concertos by 'I Musici', recorded in splendid sound on the DUO label.

The concertos have a varied and widely colourful palette and they come alive in this splendidly effusive recording that belies its age.

Michael Talbot's notes are a model of clarity and concise efficacy and they do make essential reading. Speeds are generally slow but I Musici are no slouches in the outer movements either.

I have nothing but praise for this set and definitely recommend it to all lovers of Vivaldi's music.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech

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