In the days before the original-instruments craze and baroque’s mainstream resurgence, I Musici’s recordings of Vivaldi, Albinoni, Corelli and others were the benchmark.
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# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: I Musici
# Vinyl (1962)
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# ASIN CD: not found
# Size: 753 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
It’s a shame that many listeners limit their Vivaldi collections to “The Four Seasons,” as they don’t know what they’re missing. Vivaldi was a prolific composer: several hundred concertos were written for various instruments, more than 200 of which were for violin, strings and continuo. Among the better known of these are the so-called “L’Estro Armonico” concertos, written ca. 1712-1713 — a diverse, inventive group of compositions that were so admired by Bach that he arranged four of them for organ or harpsichord, and another ended up as the basis for his A minor concerto for four harpsichords and strings.
The “L’Estro Armonico” concertos are well represented in the catalogue, however, when I added this music to my collection I went straight to the I Musici set. Why? Because I Musici was the premier ensemble of its time specializing in the music of the early classical era, including Albinoni, Corelli, Handel and especially Vivaldi. I knew I was going to get authoritative readings by musicians playing modern instruments. I was not disappointed – this is a fantastic recording, full of life and a joy to listen to.
Analyzed folder: /96kAnVi_EstArm_IMus/96k Vivaldi – L’Estro armonico
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR11 -2.37 dB -16.38 dB A1 Concerto No1 D Major – Allegro.wav
DR12 -4.43 dB -20.63 dB A2 Concerto No1 D Major – Largo e Spiccato.wav
DR11 -2.38 dB -16.82 dB A3 Concerto No1 D Major – Allegro.wav
DR11 -6.95 dB -22.66 dB A4 Concerto No2 g minor – Adagio e Spiccato.wav
DR10 -2.29 dB -15.60 dB A5 Concerto No2 g minor – Allegro.wav
DR12 -3.21 dB -20.09 dB A6 Concerto No2 g minor – Larghetto.wav
DR10 -3.47 dB -17.34 dB A7 Concerto No2 g minor – Allegro.wav
DR10 -2.21 dB -16.29 dB B1 Concerto No3 G Major – Allegro.wav
DR11 -7.78 dB -22.39 dB B2 Concerto No3 G Major – Largo.wav
DR11 -2.12 dB -17.34 dB B3 Concerto No3 G Major – Allegro.wav
DR13 -2.61 dB -20.65 dB B4 Concerto No4 e minor – Andante.wav
DR11 -2.12 dB -16.88 dB B5 Concerto No4 e minor – Allegro assai.wav
DR10 -8.54 dB -22.19 dB B6 Concerto No4 e minor – Adagio.wav
DR11 -1.99 dB -15.61 dB B7 Concerto No4 e minor – Allegro.wav
Number of files: 14
Official DR value: DR11
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
- Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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