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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Berlin Classics) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Sato, Concerto Köln)


Many thanks to Urbanox for another audiophile gem
Great orchestra and outstanding violinist! A must have! Just listen to the violinist’s baroque ornamentation and improvisations! Unbelievable!
“Something new every moment.” If we are to believe Shunske Sato, leader of Concerto Koln and soloist on this sparkling new release of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” what is at the heart of this recording is the idea of freedom. Freedom, too, in more ways than one. True to the principles of historical performance practice, the ensemble delivers the vitality of spontaneous playing in Vivaldi’s music.
Audiophile factor & artistic factor:
very high!

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer & Conductor: Shunske Sato
Orchestra: Concerto Köln
Vinyl 2016
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Berlin Classics
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.6 GB
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AOSMITF/Marriner – Vivaldi: 6 Double Concertos (Dutch pressing)


# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips Digital Classics | 6514 379
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.77GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.99GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (283MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Antonio Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Kennedy)

Revisited … now with the benefit of the valve-phono-stage of the AR SP15
Nigel Kennedy is as many know a wild musician, a force of nature. I saw him live early in the 90s and it was a very exciting experience for me, I knew him until then only under the etiquette of a punk, wild and eccentric musician. I learned to know a phantastic and lovely musician who deserves the full possible
respect. His seriousity and smiling during the whole concert was astonishing. This interpretation of the Four Seasons is quite “different” from the standard interpretation. Nigel Kennedy has added his personal touch giving the music a completely refreshed aspect. The dominating character of Kennedy’s violin gives out the appropriate tension in movements like the Presto from “L’estate” or the allegro from “L’inverno”. His interpretation is frantic, filling the listener with energy and vigor. And at movements like the adagio from “L’estate” the listener comes across a tender and delicate violin. This recording defiantly deserves a place at your music collection.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Nigel Kennedy
Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
Vinyl 1989
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.56 GB
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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
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Antonio Vivaldi – L’Estro Armonico (Pinnock)

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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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Server: FF

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