Aureole etc.




Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line




Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider


New App by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for iOS and Android!

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741)
Trio Sonatas, op.1 (1705 or 1703) [39:24]
Concertos La Stravaganza, op.4
Six Violin Sonatas, op.5 [34:13]
Six Concertos, op.6 [51:53]
Concertos, op.8 nos.1-4 The Four Seasons
Six Violin Concertos, op.12 (1729) [60:48]
Six Sonatas for cello and continuo, 'op.14'
rec. 1964-72
Full track-listing and performance details at end of review.
NEWTON CLASSICS 8802109 [9 CDs: 449:49] 

Experience Classicsonline




The complete works published in Vivaldi's lifetime, more than fifty concertos and sonatas by the Venetian master on nine CDs, all in one handy boxed set - a bargain?
 
Not really, is the short answer. Certainly, Vivaldi's music is always imaginative, often dazzlingly so. He was also at times a comedian, as some of the passages in this set testify. For those who know him primarily from the famous Four Seasons, the harmonic darkness of some of the minor-key Trio Sonatas should prove an eye-opener. In short, this is a decent introduction to his instrumental music.
 
Furthermore, there are many fine performances to be enjoyed here, particularly from Franco Fantini, whose lion's share of the credit reflects the fact that he is chief soloist on most of these discs.

Yet it is fair to say that there is nothing here performance-wise that has not been surpassed in more recent times, with regard to both historically informed practice and virtuosity and expressiveness. Vibrato, for example, is widely employed, albeit generally with restraint. Also, the violins, whoever the soloist (or Soloist), have a sweetness to their sound that some may find saccharine.
 
The biggest question mark, however, concerns the quality of sound. Though it may be argued that the original analogue lends the recordings a certain warmth that their early digital counterparts tended to lack, the audio problems soon begin to mount. In the Trio Sonatas the violins tend to crowd out the cello and are closely miked, resulting in minor distortion at higher volumes or registers. The op.5 Sonatas and the op.6 Concertos sound as if they were recorded with cut-price equipment, having a patchy, gritty quality, a drop-off of detail at low volumes, too much reverberation, and violins again too prominent. The op.4 Concertos have a slightly lush/tinny quality - certainly not "excellent", as described by a leading reviews magazine of the time! Some listeners may find this easy enough to overlook, but the technical faux pas in op.4 no.11, where an apparent diminuendo is controlled by a man with his hand on the master volume button, is plain daft.
 
In all cases, some tracks are clipped very closely, with microseconds chopped off the beginnings of movements in some cases, and elsewhere notes can be heard to die an unnatural death by fader. There are also a few editing joins dotted about the place, though unobtrusive in nature. It is very unlikely that Newton are responsible for any of these faults, but faults they remain and they detract from the music itself. Rivoalto, who made the original recordings, clearly had their ups and downs with technology, as the best date from 1966-68 - the opp.1, 12 and 14 discs. The 1964 tracks sound poorest, but those recorded post-1968 are of unpredictable quality, and some of the label's regrettable editing practices never really improved.
 
Unfortunately, at least a few of these musicians are no longer around to enjoy this reissue of their impressive efforts. Ephrikian, for example, has been dead for thirty years, Tortelier more than twenty. On the other hand, this is not a boxed set for connoisseurs - nor really for anyone else, for that matter.
 
On the upside, the slip-cased discs come in a stylish box and Newton provide a decent booklet with brand-new notes in English, German and French (not Italian!) by Vivaldi scholar Michael Talbot. These are well written and informative, taking the reader through the published works item by item.
 
Byzantion
Collected reviews and contact at reviews.gramma.co.uk
 
Masterwork Index: The Four Seasons
 
Full track-listing 
CD 1: Trio Sonatas op.1 nos.1-6 (1705 or 1703) [39:24]
Sonata no.1 in G minor, RV.73 [6:20]
Sonata no.2 in E minor, RV.67 [5:53]
Sonata no.3 in C, RV.61 [7:43]
Sonata no.4 in E, RV.66 [6:47]
Sonata no.5 in F, RV.69 [5:49]
Sonata no.6 in D, RV.62 [6:52]
 
CD 2: Trio Sonatas op.1 nos.7-12 (1705 or 1703) [47:03]
Sonata no.7 in E flat, RV.65 [7:01]
Sonata no.8 in D minor, RV.64 [8:06]
Sonata no.9 in A, RV.75 [5:34]
Sonata no.10 in B flat, RV.78 [6:04]
Sonata no.11 in B minor, RV.79 [6:50]
Sonata no.12 in D minor, RV.63 [13:27]
 
CD 3: Concertos for violin and strings, La Stravaganza, op.4 nos.1-6 [62:08]
Concerto no.1 in B flat, RV.383a [9:51]
Concerto no.2 in E minor, RV.279 [11:29]
Concerto no.3 in G, RV.301 [9:02]
Concerto no.4 in A minor, RV.357 [10:01]
Concerto no.5 in A, RV.347 [10:05]
Concerto no.6 in G minor, RV.316a [11:40]
 
CD 4: Concertos for violin and strings, La Stravaganza, op.4 nos.7-12 [54:21]
Concerto no.7 in C, RV.185 [8:24]
Concerto no.8 in D minor, RV.249 [9:03]
Concerto no.9 in F, RV.284 [8:14]
Concerto no.10 in C minor, RV.196 [9:10]
Concerto no.11 in D, RV.204 [7:53]
Concerto no.12 in G, RV.298 [11:37]
 
CD 5: Six Violin Sonatas op.5 [34:13]
Sonata in F, RV.18 [5:40]
Sonata in A, RV.30 [4:32]
Sonata in B flat, RV.33 [6:20]
Sonata in B minor, RV.35 [5:56]
Sonata in B flat, RV.76 [6:45]
Sonata in G minor, RV.72 [5:00]
 
CD 6: Six Concertos op.6 [51:53]
Concerto no.1 in G minor, RV.324 [10:45]
Concerto no.2 in E flat, RV.259 [9:28]
Concerto no.3 in G minor, RV.318 [8:35]
Concerto no.4 in D, RV.216 [5:59]
Concerto no.5 in E minor, RV.280 [8:23]
Concerto no.6 in D minor, RV.239 [9:47]
 
CD 7: Concertos op.8 nos.1-4 The Four Seasons [47:17]
Concerto no.1 in E Spring, RV.269 [10:36]
Concerto no.1 in G minor Summer, RV.315 [11:25]
Concerto no.1 in F Autumn, RV.293 [11:47]
Concerto no.1 in F minor Winter, RV.297 [8:38] 

CD 8: Six Violin Concertos op.12 (1729) [60:48]
Concerto no.1 in G minor, RV.317 [12:29]
Concerto no.3 in D, RV.317 [6:36]
Concerto no.5 in B flat, RV.317 [11:05]
Concerto no.2 in D minor, RV.317 [9:21]
Concerto no.4 in C, RV.317 [10:13]
Concerto no.6 in B flat, RV.317 [12:11]
 
CD 9: Six Sonatas for cello and continuo 'op.14' [52:42]
Sonata no.1 in B flat, RV.47 [9:35]
Sonata no.1 in F, RV.41 [8:07]
Sonata no.1 in A minor, RV.43 [7:13]
Sonata no.1 in B flat, RV.45 [10:10]
Sonata no.1 in E minor, RV.40 [9:27]
Sonata no.1 in B flat, RV.46 [8:10] 

Performance details
Franco Fantini (violin) (op.4 nos.1-3/7-9, opp.5, 6, 8, 12); Mario Ferraris (violin) (opp.1, 5, 6); Ermanno Molinaro (violin) (op.1); Tino Bacchetta (violin) (op.4 nos.4-6/10-12); Angelo Ephrikian (violin) (op.5); Antonio Pocaterra (cello) (opp.1, 5, 6); Genunzio Ghetti (cello) (op.5); Paul Tortelier (cello) (op.14); Maria Isabella de Carli (harpsichord, organ) (opp.5, 6); Mariella Sorelli (harpsichord, organ) (op.1); Vera Luccini (harpsichord) (op.5); Robert Veyron-Lacroix (harpsichord) (op.14); I Solisti di Milano/Angelo Ephrikian (opp.4, 6, 8, 12)
rec. Villa Litta, Milan, Italy, 9-15 July 1964 (CD 3,4); 8-14 July 1966 (CD 1,2); 10-20 June 1967 (CD 8); 13-21 May 1968 (CD 9); 5-13 January 1969 (CD 5); 21-29 March 1969 (CD 6); 20-30 March 1972 (CD 7). ADD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.