Christopher Hogwood / Academy of Ancient Music

Vivaldi: Concertos Opp. 3, 4, 8 & 9

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This 2006 Decca collection of four sets of Vivaldi's violin concertos is dry, dry, dry. No, the music's not dry. True, Vivaldi was ordained a Catholic priest, but he was also born an Italian, and his music is suffused with the warmth of the sun, the tang of the grape, and the love of this life. What's dry are the performances. Christopher Hogwood was a keenly intelligent English keyboard player who parlayed a talent for leadership into a career as a conductor of historically informed performances. After giving his attention first to Handel's choral works in the early '80s, Hogwood turned to Vivaldi's instrumental works in the mid-'80s, and in Vivaldi as in Handel, Hogwood emphasizes lean textures, clean tempos, and, above all, restrained expressivity, not qualities often associated with Vivaldi's music. With the highly skilled Academy of Ancient Music and despite the brilliant playing of violin soloists Simon Standage, Catherine Mackintosh, and especially Monica Huggett, Hogwood's Vivaldi is amazingly desiccated. His demonic D minor Allegros are denatured, his lyrical G major Andantes are nondescript, and his artfully intimate A major Adagios are simply dull. Deeper in Decca's vaults are recordings from the '70s of these concertos performed by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields led by Neville Marriner with Hogwood as one of two harpsichordists. It must be acknowledged that the St. Martin Academy is playing modern not period instruments, but it must likewise be agreed that the playing is clear, warm, expressive, and very engaging, all qualities immediately associated with Vivaldi. And it must furthermore be admitted that the Marriner's deep but detailed stereo sound is far more appealing than Hogwood's clean but hard digital sound.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto for 4 violins, strings & continuo in D major ("L'estro armonico" No. 1), Op. 3/1, RV 549
1
2:53 Amazon
2
2:25 Amazon
3
2:16 Amazon
Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 2), Op. 3/2, RV 578
4
1:41 Amazon
5
2:18 Amazon
6
3:33 Amazon
7
2:23 Amazon
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G major ("L'estro armonico" No. 3), Op. 3/3, RV 310
8
2:09 Amazon
9
1:56 Amazon
10
2:15 Amazon
Concerto for 4 violins, strings & continuo in E minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 4), Op. 3/4, RV 550
11
1:44 Amazon
12
2:09 Amazon
13
0:33 Amazon
14
2:03 Amazon
Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A major ("L'estro armonico" No. 5), Op. 3/5, RV 519
15
3:00 Amazon
16
1:47 Amazon
17
2:30 Amazon
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 6), Op. 3/6, RV 356
18
3:00 Amazon
19
2:10 Amazon
20
2:20 Amazon
Concerto for 4 violins, cello, strings & continuo in F major ("L'estro armonico" No. 7) Op. 3/7, RV 567
21
2:16 Amazon
22
0:58 Amazon
23
2:24 Amazon
24
0:47 Amazon
25
1:33 Amazon
Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 8), Op. 3/8, RV 522
26
3:35
27
3:11 Amazon
28
3:12 Amazon
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major ("L'estro armonico" No. 9), Op. 3/9, RV 230
29
2:05 Amazon
30
2:31 Amazon
31
1:59 Amazon
Concerto for 4 violins, cello, strings & continuo in B minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 10) Op. 3/10, RV 580
32
3:39 Amazon
33
1:58 Amazon
34
3:26 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 11), Op. 3/11, RV 565
1
3:58
2
2:18
3
2:28
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("L'estro armonico" No. 12), Op. 3/12, RV 265
4
3:04
5
3:10
6
2:32
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La stravaganza" No. 1) Op. 4/1, RV 383a
7
3:13
8
2:11
9
2:38
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E minor ("La stravaganza" No. 2) Op. 4/2, RV 279
10
4:18
11
2:00
12
3:30
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G major ("La stravaganza" No. 3), Op. 4/3, RV 301
13
2:57
14
2:13
15
3:24
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor ("La stravaganza" No. 4) Op. 4/4, RV 357
16
3:14
17
2:20
18
2:55
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A major ("La stravaganza" No. 5) Op. 4/5, RV 347
19
3:59
20
2:11
21
3:31
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("La stravaganza" No. 6), Op. 4/6, RV 316a
22
2:44
23
2:23
24
4:21
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major ("La stravaganza" No. 7), Op. 4/7, RV 185
25
2:00
26
2:11
27
1:28
28
2:03

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D minor ("La stravaganza" No. 8), Op. 4/8, RV 249
1
2:43
2
1:05
3
3:35
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F major ("La stravaganza" No. 9), Op. 4/9, RV 284
4
3:07
5
2:00
6
2:26
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C minor ("La stravaganza" No. 10) Op. 4/10, RV 196
7
3:09
8
2:10
9
2:54
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major ("La stravaganza" No. 11), Op. 4/11, RV 204
10
2:56
11
1:33
12
2:01
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G major ("La stravaganza" No. 12), Op. 4/12, RV 298
13
2:42
14
2:36
15
4:14
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269
16
3:28
17
2:28
18
3:57
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2), Op. 8/2, RV 315
19
5:28
20
2:02
21
2:44
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F major ("L'autunno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 3), Op.8/3, RV 293
22
5:03
23
2:21
24
3:11
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297
25
3:23
26
2:00
27
3:08

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E flat major ("La tempesta di mare"; "Il cimento" No. 5), Op.8/5, RV 253
1
2:49
2
2:35
3
3:41
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major ("Il piacere"; "Il Cimento" No. 6), Op. 8/6, RV 180
4
2:54
5
2:21
6
2:46
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D minor ("Per Pisendel"), Op. 8/7, RV 242
7
2:54
8
2:11
9
3:05
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("Il cimento" No. 8), Op. 8/8, RV 332
10
3:07
11
2:30
12
3:30
Oboe Concerto, for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, Op. 8/9, RV 454
13
3:12
14
1:53
15
2:31
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La caccia"; "Il cimento" No. 10), Op. 8/10, RV 362
16
3:24
17
2:33
18
2:33
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major ("Il cimento dall'armonia" No. 11), Op. 8/11, RV 210
19
4:46
20
2:41
21
4:37
Oboe Concerto, for oboe, strings & continuo in C major, Op. 8/12, RV 449
22
3:19
23
2:10
24
3:13

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major ("La cetra" No. 1), Op. 9/1, RV 181a
1
3:13
2
2:28
3
2:29
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A major ("La cetra" No. 2), Op. 9/2, RV 345
4
3:42
5
2:13
6
2:48
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("La cetra" No. 3) Op. 9/3, RV 334
7
3:24
8
2:43
9
2:52
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La cetra" No. 4), Op. 9/4, RV 263a
10
4:30
11
2:57
12
3:19
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor (also attributed to Giovanni Piantaneda), Op. 9/5, RV 358
13
2:53
14
1:41
15
3:09
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A major ("La cetra" No. 6), Op. 9/6, RV 348
16
3:56
17
3:07
18
4:30

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La cetra" No. 7) Op. 9/7, RV 359
1
2:56
2
1:59
3
2:42
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D minor ("La cetra" No. 8), Op. 9/8, RV 238
4
3:41
5
2:43
6
2:57
Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La cetra" No. 9), Op. 9/9, RV 530
7
3:25
8
2:30
9
2:34
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G major ("La cetra" No. 10), Op. 9/10, RV 300
10
3:24
11
1:59
12
2:58
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C minor ("La cetra" No. 11), Op. 9/11, RV 198a
13
3:58
14
2:25
15
3:14
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in B minor ("La cetra" No. 12), Op. 9/12, RV 391
16
4:38
17
2:29
18
3:44
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