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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Argo) Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria RV 588 & RV 589 (Guest)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this outstanding gem
Another quality recording from time ago and at outstandingly good value offered by audiophile label Argo. Some aspects of the music are at a slower tempo than other recordings, which adds another level of interest when comparing artists. Highly recommended to add to your collection if you are a lover of choral music.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Choir Of St. John’s College Cambridge, Anne Wilkens, Lynda Russell, Patrizia Kwella, Kenneth Bowen

Orchestra: The Wren Orchestra
Conductor: Dr. George Guest
Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.25 GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Antonio Vivaldi – L’Estro Armonico (Pinnock)

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All thanks for this box go to Jean-Luc
Since 1987 there has been a revolution in Vivaldi playing led by some notably wonderful Italian groups and soloists. Generally they have taken a dramatic, free-wheeling approach to Vivaldi and at markedly up-tempo speeds. The dynamic and emotional range and observation of accenting has become far more acute as a result.
BUT …………..
There is still no real substitute for this relatively plain and level-headed account played and recorded supremely well. If that sounds dull then the first paragraph above should be reassuring. This set oozes sheer musicianship at every level. The solo violin playing by Simon Standage, as always with this player, is a model of restrained display and sensitivity held in perfect balance. In the concertos for several violins at the end of this set, he is joined by colleagues of the same calibre.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra: The English Concert
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Vinyl 1987
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.07 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA) Antonio Vivaldi – Le 4 Stagioni (Arr. for 3 Guitars) (Amsterdam Guitar Trio)

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I love transcriptions. They offer a new and ear-catching timbral view of the old warhorses, and a new kick to the old routine. Sometimes transcriptions can even be illuminating, and reveal things about the composition that weren’t apparent in the original, especially in the keyboard works of Bach, where assigning widely differentiated timbres to the different voices brings out the contrapuntal writing. As the Goldberg Variations, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has been a popular candidate for transcriptions.
Audiophile Factor: High!

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performers: Amsterdam Guitar Trio
Vinyl 1984
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 1.58 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Antonio Vivaldi – La Cetra – Raglan Baroque Players (Huggett/Kraemer)

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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-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 2.35 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – The Six Concerti For Flute (Petri, Academy SMITF, Brown)

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Many thanks to our friend Mats for this wonderful record
It is a fine academic point whether these Op. 10 concertos were originally written for recorder or transverse flute. When the recorder is played with such brisk virtuosity and faultless intonation as Michala Petri consistently provides, only a dullard could ask for anything more. At a rather piping modern pitch (a sopranino recorder is used in Nos. 3, 4 and 6) and sympathetically accompanied by the ASMF, these concertos come over as fresh as paint on vinyl with just an occasional gargantuan breath from Petri to show that she is human.’

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Michala Petri
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
Conductrix: Iona Brown
Vinyl (1981)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – Concerti For Oboe (I Musici, Holliger, Bourgue)

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Many thanks to our friend Mats for this gem
What a pity that the oboe is featured so little in contemporary music. So much wonderful music was written for it in the Baroque era. Holliger is a genuine virtuoso, the kind of artist that never disappoints and the compositions by Vivaldi are melodic and inventive. This record is a first class level in any aspect.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: I Musici, Heinz Holliger, Maurice Bourgue
Vinyl (1980)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 793 MB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – Concerti For Oboe (I Musici, Holliger, Thunemann)

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Many thanks to our friend Mats for this gem
What a pity that the oboe is featured so little in contemporary music. So much wonderful music was written for it in the Baroque era. Holliger is a genuine virtuoso, the kind of artist that never disappoints and the compositions by Vivaldi are melodic and inventive. This record is a first class level in any aspect.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: I Musici, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Thunemann
Vinyl (1982)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 690 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Musici/Michelucci)

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Many thanks to our friend Mats for this evergreen
I find Roberto Michelucci’s playing to be just fine, with plenty of expressiveness, although somewhat more stolid rythmically. Besides, I sometimes enjoy hearing the pieces played with a little less passion and a little more transparency, and this one (despite being older than the Carmirelli version) comes closer to capturing the lean style that modern-instruments versions began to adapt following the success of “original instruments” versions. This undescores that I Musici was ahead of its time in many respects by championing the small-ensemble approach to the Baroque and Early Classical (e.g., Mozart) repertoires.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Roberto Michelucci
Orchestra: I Musici
Vinyl (1970)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 933 MB
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Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Argo) Antonio Vivaldi – La Cetra (Brown)

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I’m still alive!!!!! I managed, however, to complete the rip before the problems and could now complete it (cleaning, pics, rars etc…) for publishing.

Thank you very much Jean-Luc for this jewel
As great as the Four Seasons is, the impression one gets sometimes that it is Vivaldi’s only masterpiece is terribly wrong. The concertos from La Cetra are every bit as fine, complex, tuneful, and captivating. These performances by the Academy are superb, with warm analogue sound. The violin solos are particularly beautiful. The best version of this set of Vivaldi concertos. Iona Brown surpasses almost everyone else when she plays baroque violin. Not on original instruments, but still the best.
“There is some wonderful music here; the later concertos are every bit the equal of anything in The Trial between Harmony and Invention (Il Cimento Dell’Armonia E Dell’Inventione), and they are played gloriously.” (The Penguin Guide)

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Iona Brown, Malcolm Latchem
Orchestra:  The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Iona Brown
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 4.85 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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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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