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Vivaldi: 8 Violin Concertos - Accardo

Vivaldi: 8 Violin Concertos - Accardo

PentaTone RQR  PTC 5186 130

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Classical - Orchestral


Vivaldi: 8 Violin Concertos

Salvatore Accardo (violin)
I Musici

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Review by Graham Williams - October 29, 2004

Vivaldi’s Opus 7 concertos are not as well known as some of the other sets, but they ought to be.
Anyone buying this beautifully recorded SACD who is unfamiliar with these pieces will be amazed that they are not played as often as the ubiquitous 'Four Seasons'.'

The slow movements, in particular, are wonderful. Try that of the G minor concerto and you will be hooked.
Salvatore Accardo’s elegant, sweet-toned playing is complemented by the crisp and sprightly accompaniment of I Musici, but don't expect 'period' style.

The sympathetic acoustic of Musica Théâtre, La Chaux de Fonds in Switzerland enhances the performances by providing both warmth and clarity, while the surround channels are used discretely to add a magical ambience to the sound.

I can do no better than to quote from Malcolm Macdonald’s 1976 review of the LPs in Gramophone, when he wrote, “ The qualities of the performances are matched by those of the recording. Cynics who think that no new Vivaldi record can be welcome are wrong: this one is”

A lovely disc.

Copyright © 2004 Graham Williams and HRAudio.net

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