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La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)
La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler, violin & direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:16:22
Classical, Baroque | Label: Avie Records | # AV2371

The English, historical-instrument, Baroque ensemble La Serenissima (the term was a nickname for the city of Venice) has specialized in somewhat scholarly recordings that nevertheless retain considerable general appeal, and the group does it again with this release. The program offers some lesser-known composers, and some lesser-known pieces by famous composers like the tiny and fascinating Concerto alla rustica for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and continuo, RV 151. What ties the program together formally is that it covers a range of Italian cities that were becoming cultural centers as they declined in political power: not only Venice (Vivaldi, Albinoni, Caldara), but also Padua (Tartini), Bologna (Torelli), and Rome (Corelli). There are several works by composers known only for one or two big hits, and these are especially rewarding. Sample the opening movement of Tartini's Violin Concerto E major, DS 51, with its unusual phrase construction and daringly chromatic cadenza passage: it has the exotic quality for which Tartini became famous, but it does not rely on sheer virtuosity. That work is played by leader Adrian Chandler himself, but he also chooses pieces for a large variety of other solo instruments: the Italian Baroque was about more than the violin. Each work on the album has something to recommend it, and collectively the performances may make up the best album of 2017 whose booklet includes footnotes.
James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong & Sydney Symphony - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong & Sydney Symphony - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 71:01 minutes | 1.38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

James Ehnes takes a break from the 19th and 20th century repertoire and has recorded for the first time in his career four of the most famous baroque violin concertos – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the first four works in his set of 12, op8. James also directs the Sydney Symphony.
Les Ambassadeurs & Alexis Kossenko - Vivaldi: Per l'orchestra di Dresda (2013) [Official Digital Download]

Les Ambassadeurs & Alexis Kossenko - Vivaldi: Per l'orchestra di Dresda (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 65:54 minutes | 666 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Les Ambassadeurs launch a series of recordings devoted to the repertory of the Dresdner Hofkapelle at the time of Bach, with the aim of rediscovering the splendid sound of an ensemble then regarded as the orchestral ideal. The ties of friendship between Johann Georg Pisendel – who led the orchestra – and Antonio Vivaldi held firm for life.
Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (2018) [2.0 & 5.1] SACD-ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (2018)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 74:07 minutes | Digital Booklet | 3,66 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/192 or 88,2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2,36 or 1,39 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo & 5.1 multichannel Surround sound / Channel Classics # CSS SA 40318

After the volumes dedicated to Vivaldi's great instrumental cycles, La Stravaganza (2004), La Cetra (2012) and L’Estro armonico (2015), English violinist Rachel Podger continues her work with her Brecon Baroque ensemble to bring out this version of the Four Seasons, which is rounded off with three violin concertos. A passionate fan of the music of Vivaldi and Biber, Rachel Podger, who studied in Germany, demonstrates through her performances just how much the Red Priest's music (and her herself, following Biber) can cloak itself in the mysterious and bizarre, to the point that Vivaldi appears here as a distant descendant of the mannerists from the late Renaissance and early Baroque period. This is a particularly interesting and successful take.
L'Estravagante - Vivaldi: Sonate da camera a tre, Op.1 (2012) (Repost)

L'Estravagante - Vivaldi: Sonate da camera a tre, Op.1 (2012)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:54 | 424 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naive | Catalog: OP 30535

In 1705, Giuseppe Sala published in Venice the Suonote do camera a tre, due violini o violone o cembalo op.1 of Antonio Vivaldi. This set of trio sonatas marked the official 'debut' of a composer who was already more than a mere youth (the 'Prete Rosso' was then 27-years old), and probably contains the earliest works of his that have come down to us. It is very likely, though, as Michael Talbot has pointed out, that the copy of 1705 is in fact a reprint of a now lost first edition published in 1703.
Jan Peter Schmolck, St. John's Orchestra & John Lubbock - Vivaldi & Piazzolla: Four Seasons (2018)

Jan Peter Schmolck, St. John's Orchestra & John Lubbock - Vivaldi & Piazzolla: Four Seasons (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 281 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | 01:09:15
Classical | Label: OSJ Alive

This release is a beautiful recording of both Vivaldi and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, performed by the Orchestra of Saint John’s at SJE Arts in Oxford on November 21st 2015. The album features violinist Jan Schmolck and conductor John Lubbock. Musicians, critics, and concert promoters say that the Orchestra of St. John’s is one of classical music’s best kept secrets.
Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Vivaldi: Vespri per l'Assunzione di Maria Vergine (2008)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Vivaldi: Vespri per l'Assunzione di Maria Vergine (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 725 Mb | Total time: 76:42+76:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30543 | Recorded: 2003

This isn't the 'Vivaldi Vespers', or even a reconstruction of a specific event, but a kind of 'sacred concert' in Vespers form, of the sort that Venetian churches in Vivaldi's time would mount in the name of worship.
Whether he ever supplied all the music for any such occasion isn't clear, but he certainly set plenty of Vespers texts, enough at any rate for Rinaldo Alessandrini and scholar Frédéric Delaméa to put together this rich programme.
Gli Incogniti & Amandine Beyer - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8 & Other Concertos (2008/2015) [24/96]

Gli Incogniti & Amandine Beyer - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8 & Other Concertos (2008/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 70:47 minutes | 1.40 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The one-to-a-part Gli Incogniti offer a pliant, transparent texture, and soloist Amandine Beyer's tone has an attractive brogue to it. Gramophone
Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli - Vivaldi: New Discoveries (2009) (Repost)

Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli - Vivaldi: New Discoveries (2009)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:39 | 380 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naïve | Catalog: 30480

In his definitive study of the composer's life and work, Michael Talbot spoke of the prospect of 'perpetual discovery' in respect of Vivaldi, resulting from a neglect spanning centuries. 'Scarcely a year passes,' he wrote in 1978, 'without the announcement of some fresh discovery'. This CD gives an excellent example of what we might expect even now, 30 years after Talbot's study, with a collection of new finds from just the last year and a half!
Viktoria Mullova, Claudio Abbado - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (1987)

Viktoria Mullova, Claudio Abbado - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (1987)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 48:36 | 218 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 420 216-2

Viktoria Mullova is one of the most versatile and charismatic violinists to have emerged in the late 20th century, demonstrating a high level of mastery in broad range of repertoires, from Baroque to Romantic and post-Romantic to jazz and crossover. She established her reputation early in the 1980s, winning both the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky competitions and going on to win the Grand Prix du Disc and a Diapason d'Or Award, as well as garnering numerous other honors. Her widely acclaimed 1987 Philips recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons is ample proof of her sure grasp of the idiosyncrasies of the Italian Baroque, and the freshness and vitality of her playing has made her version a favorite with listeners and critics. Mullova performs with passionate musicality and technical finesse, and Claudio Abbado leads the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a nuanced, idiomatic accompaniment.