Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this gem
For a while in the mid-70s, this was the only available version of Vivaldi’s opus 3 concerti. This is one of the version (the very first was an obscure Italian release from the 70s I owned on cassette) from which I learned how wonderful this music was. And it IS wonderful…among Vivaldi’s best of his numbered opuses. It has tremendous atmosphere (recording acoustic helps) and luminosity. There is a lightness mostly throughout with beautiful solo contributions especially from Alan Loveday and Carmel Kaine (who also feature in Vivaldi’s La Stravaganza with ASMF-a ‘must-listen!’ that I will post next).
Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Alan Loveday, Carmel Caine, Iona Brown, Ronald Thomas, Roy Gillard, Christopher Hogwood, Colin Tilney, Cecil James
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 14
The continuo especially is varied and always interesting. All in all it strikes a balance between Period instrument fanaticism and the sweet tone of a modern ensemble. In order to more fully understand the quality behind these recordings, it is neccessary to understand the dynamics of a basso continuo. Christopher Hogwood is hands-down the greatest mind behind authentic boroque keyboard continuo. He breathes life into these concertos, although he is just one player in the group. Buy them for Marriner and the Fields…. enjoy them for Hogwood’s continuo.
It is interesting to observe that this recording has become a document. The lush strings of the Academy directed by Neville Marriner were the last standard of the orchestra baroque playing before the “authentic” “ancient” and “what not” performance standards definitely took over in the 80ies. With time my ear recognized the virtues and enjoyed the performances in older instruments and methods. But some of Vivaldi’s music, like most of J.S. Bach, has that magic ability to be played as well on ancient instruments or on the modern electronic gizmos of today.
It is strange today to listen to this version of L’Estro Armonico, one of the very greatest works of the baroque. Strange and yet very satisfying, relaxing and even nurturing. A little bit like a Madeleine of Proust. Perhaps there is room again for that lush sound that introduced so many of us to the classics when we were young.
By all means, a must have for any serious or casual collector.
Note: the Academy was at its peak then.
|A1||Concerto No. 1 In D Major – Allegro – Largo E Spiccato – Allegro||7:16|
|A2||Concerto No. 2 In G Minor – Adagio E Spiccato – Allegro – Larghetto – Allegro||10:25|
|A3||Concerto No. 3 In G Major – Allegro – Largo – Allegro||6:31|
|B1||Concerto No. 4 In E Minor – Andante – Allegro Assai – Allegro||6:46|
|B2||Concerto No. 5 In A Major – Allegro – Largo – Presto||7:28|
|B3||Concerto No. 6 In A Minor – Allegro – Largo – Presto||7:19|
|C1||Concerto No. 7 In F Major – Andante – Adagio Allegro – Adagio – Allegro||9:43|
|C2||Concerto No. 8 In A Minor – Allegro – Larghetto E Spiritoso – Allegro||10:15|
|C3||Concerto No. 9 In D Major – Allegro – Larghetto – Allegro||7:25|
|D1||Concerto No. 10 In B Minor – Allegro – Largo – Allegro||9:10|
|D2||Concerto No. 11 In D Minor – Allegro – Largo E Spiccato – Allegro||9:14|
|D3||Concerto No. 12 In E Major – Allegro – Largo – Allegro||9:14|
Analyzed folder: /96k Vivaldi – L’Estro Armonico – Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields – Marriner
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.74 dB -19.26 dB A1 Concerto No. 1 In D Major – Allegro – Largo E Spiccato – Allegro.aif
DR13 -3.10 dB -20.59 dB A2 Concerto No. 2 In G Minor – Adagio E Spiccato – Allegro – Larghetto – Allegro.aif
DR14 -2.15 dB -20.66 dB A3 Concerto No. 3 In G Major – Allegro – Largo – Allegro.aif
DR14 -1.06 dB -19.79 dB B1 Concerto No. 4 In E Minor – Andante – Allegro Assai – Allegro.aif
DR15 -1.19 dB -21.30 dB B2 Concerto No. 5 In A Major – Allegro – Largo – Presto.aif
DR15 -1.82 dB -22.06 dB B3 Concerto No. 6 In A Minor – Allegro – Largo – Presto.aif
DR14 -4.18 dB -21.84 dB C1 Concerto No. 7 In F Major – Andante – Adagio Allegro – Adagio – Allegro.aif
DR14 -0.79 dB -20.90 dB C2 Concerto No. 8 In A Minor – Allegro – Larghetto E Spiritoso – Allegro.aif
DR14 -7.50 dB -26.90 dB C3 Concerto No. 9 In D Major – Allegro – Larghetto – Allegro.aif
DR15 -1.18 dB -21.57 dB D1 Concerto No. 10 In B Minor – Allegro – Largo – Allegro.aif
DR14 -1.16 dB -20.97 dB D2 Concerto No. 11 In D Minor – Allegro – Largo E Spiccato – Allegro.aif
DR14 -2.92 dB -22.70 dB D3 Concerto No. 12 In E Major – Allegro – Largo – Allegro.aif
Number of files: 12
Official DR value: DR14
- Bassoon – Cecil James
- Composed By – Antonio Vivaldi
- Conductor – Sir Neville Marriner
- Harpsichord – Christopher Hogwood, Colin Tilney
- Orchestra – The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
- Organ – Christopher Hogwood, Colin Tilney
- Theorbo – Robert Spencer (2)
- Violin – Alan Loveday, Carmel Caine, Iona Brown, Ronald Thomas, Roy Gillard
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