Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Argo) Antonio Vivaldi – La Stravaganza (Marriner)

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Thank you very much Jean-Luc for this jewel

I doubt anyone reading this, regardless of how long or little a classical music listener or collector, would include Englishman Neville Marriner among his or her list of great conductors of any of the modern, romantic, classical or baroque eras. Yet, Marriner gracefully conducted music from all those times in recordings for Decca/London, many of which remain alive and in circulation today. I would make an argument that none of his recordings — and he has many great ones — are better than this recording of Antonio Vivaldi’s dozen violin concertos collectively known as Op, 4 and La Stravaganza.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Alan Loveday, Carmel Kaine
Orchestra:  The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1975)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 4.35 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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For those listeners who are only familiar with the most popular facet of Vivaldi’s output, the ubiquitous Four Seasons, the prospect of wading through this earlier set of twelve violin concertos may not initially sound all that enticing. Unlike their much more familiar cousins (which in fact are a part of another set of concerti, Il cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Invenzione op.8), La Stravaganza does not come equipped with easy-to-grasp programmatic clues as to what the music is `about’ – no musical depictions of cuckoos, peasant’s dances, midday heatwaves, buzzing flies or walking over iced rivers here. Instead, what you get is two cd’s worth of more or less `abstract’ Italian baroque concerti, with a typically Vivaldian accent.

Does that imply an unimaginative déjà-vu journey over a terrain devoid of real interest, then, with nothing much more to tell these twelve concertos apart from each other than their somewhat dryish RV catalogue numbers? After all, a very accomplished composer also once exclaimed that Vivaldi was but a dull fellow who just composed the same concerto over and over again.

The answer, of course, is a resounding no. To a certain extent, the aforementioned opinion of Stravinsky may well be justified – however, following this logic, it would be as correct (and as blatantly wrong) to claim that all Camille Pissarro actually could paint was a single dot. Errare humanum est, even if you should happen to be a Stravinsky. Accusing Vivaldi of dullness just because he happened to compose in a certain personal (admitted, occasionally strictly defined) style sounds every bit as silly as condemning Pissarro’s canvases, in a word, pointless.

Be as it may, and to the joy of all baroque music lovers, La Stravaganza is literally bursting with gloriously swirling melodies, dazzling solos, melting cantilenas and powerful ritornellos. All this topped with a spotless and inspired delivery from the ASMF and the soloists (Carmel Kaine and Alan Loveday) makes this set an irresistible “must have”.

This performance of La Stravaganza not only manages to negotiate the tricky runway leading towards Vivaldian heights of elegance and beauty; it also takes flight, and the following dazzling sense of weightlessness elevates the listener to quite another level.

 

Tracklist

  No. 1 In B Flat Major
A1.1 I. Allegro
A1.2 II. Largo E Cantabile
A1.3 III. Allegro
  No. 2 In E Minor
A2.1 I. Allegro
A2.2 II. Largo
A2.3 III. Allegro
  No. 3 In G Major
A3.1 I. Allegro
A3.2 II. Largo
A3.3 III. Allegro Assai
  No. 4 In A Minor
B1.1 I. Allegro
B1.2 II. Grave E Sempre Piano
B1.3 III. Allegro
  No. 5 In A Major
B2.1 I. Allegro
B2.2 II. Largo
B2.3 III. Allegro (Moderato)
  No. 6 In G Minor
B3.1 I. Allegro
B3.2 II. Largo
B3.3 III. Allegro
  No. 7 In C Major
C1.1 I. Largo
C1.2 II. Allegro (Molto)
C1.3 III. Largo
C1.4 IV. Allegro
  No. 8 In D Minor
C2.1 I. Allegro
C2.2 II. Adagio – Presto – Adagio
C2.3 III. Allegro
  No. 9 In F Major
C3.1 I. Allegro
C3.2 II. Largo
C3.3 III. Allegro
  No. 10 In C Minor
D1.1 I. Spirituoso
D1.2 II. Adagio
D1.3 III. Allegro
  No. 11 In D Major
D2.1 I. Allegro
D2.2 II. Largo
D2.3 III. Allegro Assai
  No. 12 In D Major
D3.1 I. Spirituoso E Non Presto
D3.2 II. Largo
D3.3 III. Allegro

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Analyzed folder: /192k Vivaldi – La Stravaganza – Marriner
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR13        -1.26 dB     -19.30 dB     A1 No. 1 In B Flat Major.aif
DR14        -0.97 dB     -19.47 dB     A2 No. 2 In E Minor.aif
DR14        -0.68 dB     -20.58 dB     A3 No. 3 In G Major.aif
DR14        -0.29 dB     -20.75 dB     B1 No. 4 In A Minor.aif
DR15        -1.41 dB     -20.73 dB     B2 No. 5 In A Major.aif
DR14        -0.75 dB     -20.18 dB     B3 No. 6 In G Minor.aif
DR14        -0.47 dB     -20.27 dB     C1 No. 7 In C Major.aif
DR14        -0.84 dB     -20.26 dB     C2 No. 8 In D Minor.aif
DR14        -0.49 dB     -19.45 dB     C3 No. 9 In F Major.aif
DR14        -0.49 dB     -20.20 dB     D1 No. 10 In C Minor.aif
DR16        -0.50 dB     -20.89 dB     D2 No. 11 In D Major.aif
DR16        -1.15 dB     -23.15 dB     D3 No. 12 In D Major.aif
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Number of files:    12
Official DR value:    DR14
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15 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Argo) Antonio Vivaldi – La Stravaganza (Marriner)”

  1. Jean-Luc and Alfredo, amigos, thank you very much for this!
    R.I.P. Maestro Marriner.
    He was a unique musician, with his own style. I remember the first recording of the Bach Orchestral Suites I heard was the one by Marriner and ASMF, names which were unfamiliar to me those days. And that interpretation is still my favorite, and will be so for all times.
    Marriner tried different eras of the classical music, but the best recordings of his orchestra are those covering Baroque and early Classical music, I think many will agree with me. Thay are references and milestones of musical recording sphere.
    Thanks!

  2. Not on the “list of great conductors”? It could be people are more tuned to conductors with imposing personalities. Marriner sounds self effacing. I happen to like the approach of respecting what is written, and letting it come through transparently, with enjoyment. I also happen to like the classical era music, perhaps more than most. I think Marriner is a great conductor.

    This is new music for me. Thank you!

  3. Some how I thought you had produced this recording before, so I looked up his obit, and I discover it was very recent.
    Sir Neville Marriner, CH, CBE (15 April 1924 – 2 October 2016) was an English violinist who became “one of the world’s greatest conductors”. He founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and his partnership with them is the most recorded of any orchestra and conductor.[1]

    In any case, I’ve been enjoying the enhanced sound of his work on La Stravaganza, Op. 4.
    Very invigorating and enjoyable.
    Thanks to all involved in bringing this to us.
    Bob

  4. I purchased my first recording by Maestro Marriner and the ASMF in 1970 and never stopped listening to one of our greatest interpreters of Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Rodrigo (of course), Handel and Haydn. Thank you Rach for your tasteful memorial to a wonderful musician. As always we are grateful and appreciative.

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