HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Antonio Vivaldi – La Cetra – Raglan Baroque Players (Huggett/Kraemer)

Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
This is the 1st recording on baroque instruments of the twelve violin concertos. Vivaldi’s 12 concertos Opus 9 was his last set of published concertos. They were dedicated to the Emperor Charles VI, which indicates that Vivaldi thought they were excellent works as he probably saw Charles VI as a prospective employer. They are typical of Vivaldi with virtuosic outer movements and lyrical slow movements. The chamber organ replaces the usual harpsichord in the continuo, which softens the music and makes the added lute very effective in the slow movements. The playing by the under-rated Monica Huggett with the Raglan Baroque is excellent. Not only is Monica Huggett’s violin-playing a real revelation, the basso continuo is equally brilliant with, amongst other things, some marvellous theorbo accompaniments.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Alison Bury, Monica Huggett
Orchestra: Raglan Baroque Players
Conductor: Nicholas Kraemer
Vinyl (1987)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR 14
Size: 2.35 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (L’Oiseau-Lyre) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Hogwood)

front-small-boxsetThis version of Vivaldi’s Seasons may be unique, because of four different soloists, who each one interpretes one of the four Seasons.
Like biting the perfect apple, it leaves you stunned. Dialing in the taste before you eat this common fruit, you are amazed when expectations are exceeded. Whether it is the original instruments, multiple violin soloists, or trying to envision how Vivaldi intended the Seasons to sound, the sound of this Seasons is exceptionally bright and the dramatic intensity was more than I had remembered.

# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Alison Bury, Catherine Mackintosh, Christopher Hirons, John Holloway
# Orchestra: Academy Of Ancient Music
# Conductor:
Christopher Hogwood
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: L’Oiseau-Lyre
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.56 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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