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Vivaldi: Cello Concertos

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Vivaldi: Cello Concertos Review

by James Leonard

Vivaldi's many cello concertos are performed here with consummate taste and superb musicality by Roel Dieltiens and the Ensemble Explorations. Recorded in 1997 and 2001 and originally released separately by Harmonia Mundi, this 2007 lavishly packaged reissue includes both discs complete with entertaining and informative essays and more than a dozen very lovely (though very tiny) reproductions of paintings of Vivaldi's Venice. Dieltiens plays with a rich tone and a light touch and his robust virtuosity and enthusiastic sympathy for the music are irresistible. The seven members of the Ensemble Explorations -- five strings plus lute or guitar and organ or harpsichord -- play with a sense of cooperation, which leaves this music sounding as concertos from the period should, which is to say more like chamber music. Harmonia Mundi's sound is cool and clear, yet deep and full. Though fans of modern cellos and modern performance practices might prefer more romantic interpretations, anyone with an interest in period instruments and period performance practice will want to hear these recordings.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in C minor "Alla Rustica," RV 401
1 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 04:44 Amazon
2 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:17 Amazon
3 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:15 Amazon
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 417
4 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:17 Amazon
5 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:41 Amazon
6 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:55 Amazon
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 423
7 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:44 Amazon
8 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:31 Amazon
9 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:39 Amazon
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in D minor, RV 405
10 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:01 Amazon
11 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:59 Amazon
12 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:32 Amazon
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in C major, RV 400
13 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:54 Amazon
14 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 04:26 Amazon
15 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:23 Amazon
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 419
16 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:25 Amazon
17 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:52
18 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 01:31 Amazon
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in G major, RV 415
19 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:04 Amazon
20 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:47 Amazon
21 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:52 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 420
1 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 04:23
2 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:48
3 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:46
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in E flat major, RV 408
4 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:42
5 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 06:30
6 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:19
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in F major, RV 411
7 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:01
8 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 01:24
9 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:00
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in D minor, RV 407
10 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:27
11 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 04:16
12 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:46
Double Concerto ("Il Proteo, o sia Il mondo al rovescio"), for violin, cello, strings & continuo in F major, RV 544
13 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:58
14 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:08
15 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:24
Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in A minor (composite assembled by Peter Wispelway), RV 421, 415
16 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:28
17 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:32
18 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:28
Concerto for violin, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in C major, RV 561
19 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:34
20 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 03:41
21 Roel Dieltiens / Ensemble Explorations 02:42
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