Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Awards 2007: Baroque Instrumental

Vivaldi: "Virtuoso Impresario: concertos, arias & sinfonia"
La Serenissima/Adrian Chandler

This is, according to Robert Maxham in Fanfare, "an almost ideal survey of Vivaldi in his role as celebrated violinist-composer, opera composer, and impresario". On MusicWeb, Glyn Pursglove says "this British group matches up to the standards the Italian Vivaldians have set in recent years, in performances which are richly communicative and committed... clearly the work of musicians utterly at home with Vivaldi". Ardella Crawford in American Record Guide admits "I was a little skeptical about this release; at first glance it looks like a hodge-podge of sorts... But it is a magnificent recording... This is vintage Vivaldi".

Handel: Concerti grossi, op.3. Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr [Harmonia Mundi]
Bach: Lute works, volume 1. Paul O'Dette [Harmonia Mundi]
"An Italian Sojourn". Trio Settecento [Cedille]
D Scarlatti: "Duende" - harpsichord sonatas. Skip Sempé; Olivier Fortin [Paradizo]

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