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    Default Vivaldi - five of the best.

    Vivaldi is so prolific, that I am perplexed as to where to start.

    I wonder if any of you who regularly listen to this composer could offer me a way to prioritise, as I shall be coming on to him next in my Baroque Listening Project.

    I am looking forward to this, because I have never heard anything of Vivaldi's that I didn't like.

    Please could you

    either provide a list of five pieces which are your favourites, or which you think I should listen to if I'm to learn anything about what makes Vivaldi great

    or - give me a list of pieces which would make up about five hours worth of listening.

    But of course lists on their own mean very little.

    It would be lovely to read some discussion about why you like Vivaldi - or don't like him, of course. A list of Vivaldi's good qualities - and a list of his weak points, as far as you're concerned. That would be just as useful to me, because I could listen out for those qualities and see if I agreed with you.

    Thank you in advance for any posts.
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    Try his operas Farnace and Orlando furioso.

    Here's Cencic singing "Gelido in ogni vena" from Farnace:


    And Jakub Józef Orliński singing "Vedro con mio diletto" from Giustino has gone viral:

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    My personal favourites from his repertoire: the cello concertos. There are 4 CD's on Naxos.
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    Any listener to Vivaldi should hear his Gloria and the L' estro Armonico at least.

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    Vittorio Negri made a number disks of sacred music works on the Philips label with soloist and the E.C.O.
    Later on they stuffed them in a box, with lots of other works. .
    The first five are still available at Presto .

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    Vivaldi x2
    Double Concertos for Oboes, Horns, Violin and Cello, Oboe and Bassoon

    Adrian Chandler (violin/director)
    La Serenissima


    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLEO...xX3spQ&index=1


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    Vivaldi: La cetra - 12 concerti, Op. 9
    Rachel Podger (violin)
    Holland Baroque Society


    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efyf...4W-E-M9uJ800rU


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    Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - 12 concerti, Op. 3
    Rachel Podger (violin & director)
    Brecon Baroque


    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoNS...DqjmORby-NmQy4


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    Vivaldi: Concerti con titoli
    Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi

    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QScw...xAtp316VV2KFpc

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    Vivaldi - Music for the Chapel of the Pieta
    Mhairi Lawson (soprano), Robert Howarth (organ), Sarah McMahon (cello solo)
    La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler (violin & direction)


    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le6U...bcq58mfWXbQN18

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    His Stabat Mater is fantastic. As are any recordings of his concerti by Fabio Biondi and his group Europa Galante. I'm no major Vivaldian so take those recommendation with a grain of salt, but that's what I enjoy of his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie John View Post
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    Vivaldi x2
    Double Concertos for Oboes, Horns, Violin and Cello, Oboe and Bassoon

    Adrian Chandler (violin/director)
    La Serenissima


    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLEO...xX3spQ&index=1


    untitled.jpg

    Vivaldi: La cetra - 12 concerti, Op. 9
    Rachel Podger (violin)
    Holland Baroque Society


    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efyf...4W-E-M9uJ800rU


    untitled.jpg

    Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - 12 concerti, Op. 3
    Rachel Podger (violin & director)
    Brecon Baroque


    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoNS...DqjmORby-NmQy4


    untitled.jpg

    Vivaldi: Concerti con titoli
    Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi

    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QScw...xAtp316VV2KFpc

    untitled.jpg

    Vivaldi - Music for the Chapel of the Pieta
    Mhairi Lawson (soprano), Robert Howarth (organ), Sarah McMahon (cello solo)
    La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler (violin & direction)


    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le6U...bcq58mfWXbQN18
    The Podger recordings have the benefit o being two of the best sounding recordings I've ever heard. Shame to listen only on YouTube. (The SACD layers are spectacular.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    The Podger recordings have the benefit o being two of the best sounding recordings I've ever heard. Shame to listen only on YouTube. (The SACD layers are spectacular.)
    Hear hear! I've heard Rachel Podger play twice, at Norwich Cathedral with my fiddle teacher's outfit Norwich Baroque, and she does produce the most incredible very moving tone on her violin.

    Thank you to all who have posted suggestions so far.
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    This opera highlights list on youtube is nice. I have that naïve box with opera highlights and they wonderful.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...akSMPK-dzg-2kY

    and this album with opera arias too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5NxUZE2LTQ

    This double album with reconstruction of music, vespers, for the Assumption of the Virgin.



    Vivaldi I would almost recommend wholesale, because of that I'm not sure I can be very helpful. Although to narrow it down some, I like Naïve series - sacred, opera and instrumental. Fabio Biondi, Carmignola, Podger, Amandine Beyer. Countertenors Philippe Jaroussky and Andreas Scholl released several great albums with Vivaldi's music.

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    I love Vivaldi and am currently listening to Farnace. Here are 5 recommendations sans the 4 seasons which is self recommending (I love Podger and Mullova in this).

    Gloria. This was my first exposure to Vivaldi and remains a favourite. There are zillions of recordings available. Muti’s is good.



    Cello Concertos. They are all wonderful. Many recordings are available; Ma and Queyras have done some good ones. I’ve always liked Harnoy who doesn’t mess with them too much.



    Violin Concertos. This disc by Mullova has some brilliant performances including RV 277 “il Favorito”.



    String Concertos. I’ve always loved Vivaldi’s early string concertos. There are several on this excellent disc along with bassoon, oboe and other instrumental concertos.



    Operas. Vivaldi was prolific at operas (like everything else). This recent recording of Il Giustino is an excellent one to sample with great singing and a passionate plot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by classical yorkist View Post
    Any listener to Vivaldi should hear his Gloria and the L' estro Armonico at least.
    Fabio Biondi's L' estro Armonico was my gateway into Vivaldi. Up until then, I didn't know Vivaldi could be that much fun.

    His sacred music has been mentioned also. I haven't heard the recording referenced previously, but I have all of Robert King's survey with what Gramophone called his supergroup.

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    Great thread, I also love much of what I know from Vivaldi but have a lot to explore yet. Some recommendations from what I've listened so far:

    Il Cimento Dell'Armonia e Dell'Inventione, Op. 8 - Agostini, I Musici:





    I really like this performance. The four seasons are an obvious star of the Op. 8, but I think that the concertos Nos. 7, 8, 11 and 12 are also very beautiful and rewarding to the listener.

    L’estro armonico, Op. 3 - Simon Standage, Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert





    This is my absolute favorite performance of Op. 3 at the moment. I prefer it over Podger's or Ayo's. I love the concertos Nos. 1, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 12, and recommend them.

    6 Concerti per Violino - Ughi, I Virtuosi di Santa Cecilia:

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    This is a personal favorite. The six concertos chosen are great in my opinion, and I have never listened to a better performance of the L'Amoroso.

    The Complete Sacred Music - King, the King's Consort & Choir of the King's Consort:

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    I acquired this collection recently and from what I've heard I think that the performance is very solid. The Lauda, Jerusalem and the oratorio Juditha Triumphans are personal favorites from it.

    Late Violin Concertos - Carmignola, Marcon, Vernice Baroque Orchestra:



    (Volume 2 follows below in a link due to TC's limit of five videos per post)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18AgNle00Cw]

    These are some of Vivaldi's last violin concertos, and this recording is the world premiere of them. Great music and great performance in my opinion. I recommend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marinera View Post
    Although to narrow it down some, I like Naïve series - sacred, opera and instrumental. Fabio Biondi, Carmignola, Podger, Amandine Beyer. Countertenors Philippe Jaroussky and Andreas Scholl released several great albums with Vivaldi's music.

    Yes the Naïve recordings are top notch performaers.
    lets not forget the old 1960's recording of the Vienna Sate Opera, with the great Mario Rossi conducting along with 2 of the finest violinists in Vivaldi, Boskovsky and Tomasow.
    Also op 4 concerti and op 8 concerti.
    Vivaldi is the only composer from the baroque I listen to.

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    Choosing the 5 "best" recordings of Vivaldi would be next to impossible. The best I can do is offer a selection from my own CDs that I would not want to be without:

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    Given another day my choices migh include 2 or 3 other recordings.
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