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    Default Quadruple Vivaldi or Quadruple Bach ....

    ... more specifically, I was comparing which version you might prefer of the following.

    The ever popular concerto for four violins in B minor by Vivaldi from the historical opus 3 set,



    Or Bach's arrangement of it for four harpsichords. Imagine four beautiful looking period harpsichords playing in a room, what a stylish looking concert hall.


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    After many listens, I have no choice but to go for the pure and simple option: I like both.

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    I had thought this was one of my favorite "Bach" pieces but it turned out it was originally by Vivaldi. Didn't know that.
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    My apologies, here are the second and third movements of the Bach arrangement




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dim7 View Post
    I had thought this was one of my favorite "Bach" pieces but it turned out it was originally by Vivaldi. Didn't know that.
    I am very glad to have shared this with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtMusic View Post
    After many listens, I have no choice but to go for the pure and simple option: I like both.
    I agree with you. They are both excellent concertos and they both work extremely well.

    Now, if you choose 4 pianos instead of 4 harpsichords, hpowders will flee the room.
    Last edited by hpowders; Feb-20-2016 at 22:46.

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    Here it is, for four pianos. Not my favorite at all. But at least the overall interpretation does take into account historical practice.


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    Since I am use to performing transcriptions, I do not have any problems with either.
    It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. And I am a very ingenious fellow

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtMusic View Post
    Here it is, for four pianos. Not my favorite at all. But at least the overall interpretation does take into account historical practice.
    My first impression: that's a lot of backsides.

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    Personally, I prefer the Vivaldi. The violins make the lines sound cleaner. The harpsichords are a little distracting with all that rattling going on.

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    Love both but slightly prefer Vivaldi.

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    I've always liked the Bach version, but both sound fine to me. The slightly slower tempo of the Bach is appealing to me performance-wise in these two examples.

    I have disparaged Vivaldi elsewhere, but it's really only the Four Seasons I dislike. Most of his other works are astounding, and no, they are not all alike.

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    I like both. Pure and simple.

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    I like both, but I prefer Bach's colorful arrangement. Either harpsichord or piano, doesn't matter to me sound-wise.

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