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

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this gem
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
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Georg Philip Telemann – Horn Concertos (Baumann)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Mats
This disc features four concertos and one suite by G.P. Telemann where horns play a prominent role, and it’s a pleasant 58 minutes of largely but not exclusively bluff, bouncy Baroque music played on modern instruments. Whether under the direction of Neville Marriner or, as in this case, the late Iona Brown, the members of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields know their stuff. (The recordings date from the mid-1980s, when the hyphens were still there.) Hermann Baumann is the leading horn soloists, though only one concerto calls for a single horn. In three other works he is joined by Timothy Brown and in the single piece involving three horns Nicholas Hill joins in as well. Ms. Brown provides the solo violin parts. Dyed-in-the-catgut fanatics may not view these renditions as authentic, but though modern they are light on their feet, exquisitely played and sound wonderful. Quintessential Telemann wonderfully rendered, it’s worth hearing again and again.

Composer: Georg Philip Telemann
Performer: Hermann Baumann, Nicholas Hill, Timothy Brown

Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductrix: Iona Brown
Vinyl (1984

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.11 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Philips) Antonio Vivaldi – Concertos for 1, 2 and 4 Guitars (Los Romeros)

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And again, the evidence that a digital production on vinyl better sounds than the same work on CD
Let’s face it: there have been literally hundreds of Vivaldi’s recordings made over the last 20 years (even longer if you include the many recordings made during the 60s and 70s that have since been digitally remastered), and while most of these recordings are just as good as the next, I found this particular recording to contain a certain depth and richness not usually associated with Baroque music. I use the word “depth” loosely as Baroque music is generally not meant to be “deep” or “expressive” in nature (after all, we’re not talking about Rachmaninov here!) 😉

# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
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Classical Guitar; Angel, Celedonio, Celin, Pepe Romero
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
# Conductor:
Iona Brown
# Vinyl (1985)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR14
# ASIN: B0000040WX
# Size: 932 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
FF

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