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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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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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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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
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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
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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Decca/Argo) Vivaldi – L’Estro Armonico – Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields (Marriner)

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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
Vinyl (1973)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca/Argo
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.02GB
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Accardo / OCI – Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (fonè, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Orchestra: Orchestra de Camera Italiana
# Conductor: Salvatore Accardo
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: fonè Records | 064
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.70GB), 24-bit/96kHz (884MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (242MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Virtuosi Di Roma/Fasano)

front-small-boxsetWhat can I say about such a marvellous performance of one of the greatest musical works of all time?  It’s terrific. This recording of The Four Seasons is SPECIAL. These are my favorite string concertos. And the Virtuosi di Roma are sensational. If you want one of the best performance of Vivaldi’s best work from the beginning era of Stereophony, get this.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra: Virtuosi Di Roma
Conductor: Renato Fasano
Vinyl (1959)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 886 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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