Vivaldi: Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione Op. 8; The Four Seasons / Avison Ens.

Audio Samples

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E flat major, Op. 8 no 5/RV 253 "La tempesta di mare"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in C major ("Il piacere"; "Il Cimento" no 6), Op. 8
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 8 no 7/RV 242 "Per Pisendel"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("Il cimento" no 8), Op. 8/8, RV 332
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D minor ("Il cimento" no 9), Op. 8/9, RV 236
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La caccia"; "Il cimento" no 10),
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D major ("Il cimento dall'armonia" no 11), Op. 8
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in C major ("Il cimento" no 12), Op. 8/12, RV 178

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E flat major, Op. 8 no 5/RV 253 "La tempesta di mare"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in C major ("Il piacere"; "Il Cimento" no 6), Op. 8
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 8 no 7/RV 242 "Per Pisendel"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("Il cimento" no 8), Op. 8/8, RV 332
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D minor ("Il cimento" no 9), Op. 8/9, RV 236
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La caccia"; "Il cimento" no 10),
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D major ("Il cimento dall'armonia" no 11), Op. 8
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in C major ("Il cimento" no 12), Op. 8/12, RV 178
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the highly-anticipated second recording in the Avison Ensemble's Baroque series, which includes the complete recording of Antonio Vivaldi's virtuosic violin concertos by the outstanding period instrument orchestra. The thematic elements within each innovative work results in a collection that is colorful, fresh and emotionally charged. Opus 8 is a true testament of Vivaldi's ability for invention and variation. Directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, Britain's foremost Baroque violin virtuosi, the Avision Ensemble presents an insightful performance of the masterpiece that is brimming with energy. The Guardian commented: "I'd take the Avison Ensemble over Karajan any day". This group comprises some of Europe's leading Baroque musicians, including artists from The Hague, Germany, France, Austria and London, with international soloists from all over the globe.

The Independent on Sunday
Beznosiuk is soloist-director, all flinty trills and silky legato in The Four Seasons and pithy grace in the D and G minor Concertos. Alternating archlute and guitar and harpsichord and organ respectively, Paula Chateauneuf and Roger Hamilton pinpoint the constant play of light central to Vivaldi's music. Delicious.

Classical Music
Beznosiuk and his crack ensemble have produced a modern set second to none. Playing is stylish, colourful and warm

International Record Review
This is a Seasons which mostly keeps dramatic overstatement in check... this excellent UK-based ensemble show[s] why it is rapidly gaining respect as one of the finest period-instrument bands of our time, mercifully bereft of novelty factor or proselytizing zeal and offering up performances which are as entertaining, compelling and colourful as they are authoritative and polished... A very impressive addition to the discography of this fine group.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2012
I've always admired the suavity and subtle imaginative colouring of the Avison Ensemble's performances...Here Vivaldi's grosser programmatic intentions are made the subject of speculation rather than plain realisation...Beznosiuk's playing is a marvel both here and throughout the remaining concertos...and at one with an ensemble which likewise responds to this music with a genuine freshness and intelligence.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2012
This rendition is played on period instruments, which have often come to mean strong attack, primary colours and sharply articulated phrasing. Not here. The Avison Ensemble takes a gentle approach...Beznosiuk has plainly chosen an approach that suits his naturally mellifluous style. There's little of the rubato that has become such a feature of Baroque playing, and the continuo is often unobtrusive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (11/29/2009-12/05/2009).



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (11/29/2009-12/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E flat major, Op. 8 no 5/RV 253 "La tempesta di mare"
  • Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (11/29/2009-12/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in C major ("Il piacere"; "Il Cimento" no 6), Op. 8
  • Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (11/29/2009-12/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 8 no 7/RV 242 "Per Pisendel"
  • Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (11/29/2009-12/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716-1717

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("Il cimento" no 8), Op. 8/8, RV 332
  • Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (11/29/2009-12/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D minor ("Il cimento" no 9), Op. 8/9, RV 236
  • Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (11/29/2009-12/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La caccia"; "Il cimento" no 10),
  • Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (11/29/2009-12/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D major ("Il cimento dall'armonia" no 11), Op. 8
  • Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (11/29/2009-12/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in C major ("Il cimento" no 12), Op. 8/12, RV 178
  • Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, England (11/29/2009-12/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725