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Antonio Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico, 12 concertos for violin & strings / Rachel Podger, violin

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 violins, strings & continuo in D major ("L'estro armonico" no 1), Op. 3/1, RV 549
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estro armonico" no 2), Op. 3/2, RV
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in G major ("L'estro armonico" no 3), Op. 3/3, RV 3
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, Op. 3 no 4/RV 550
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A major ("L'estro armonico" no 5), Op.
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 violins, cello, strings & continuo in F major ("L'estro armonico" no 7) Op. 3/7, RV
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV 522
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 3 no 9/RV 230
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" no 11), Op. 3/11,
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in E major ("L'estro armonico" no 12), Op. 3/12, RV
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

L'estro armonico, the title of Vivaldi's first published collection of concertos, is commonly translated into English as "harmonic fancy." However, the word oestrus actually means "heat, stimulus, vehement impulse or frenzy" - a better allusion to the startling passion and energy of these twelve concertos, which are widely considered to be among the most influential Baroque orchestral music ever written. Following on their successful and widely acclaimed releases of Vivaldi's La Cetra and La Stravaganza, this release by Rachel Podger and her ensemble Brecon Baroque captures all of the vitality and freshness of Vivaldi's invention: its rhythmic energy, melodic and harmonic intensity, textural sensuousness, technical brilliance and dramatic flair.

CD Review, 14th March 2015
Minimalist forces but maximum pleasure from the way in they explore every delicious detail in these 12 concertos, reacting to one another's playing with freshness and delight that's constantly engaging. It's been captured in an excellent recording...I'll be dipping into that again just for pure pleasure as soon as I can.

The Observer, 22nd March 2015
This disproves the accusation that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto hundreds of times: even though strings are the only sonority...the combinations of one, two, and four violin soloists provide endlessly different colours which Brecon Baroque fully exploit...above all the electrifying drive of the famous No 8 leave[s] one breathless with admiration.

The Times, 20th March 2015
You can't imagine feathers getting ruffled by Rachel Podger's approach to Vivaldi. Not that it's remotely boring: as her fingers fly through the concerto 12-pack, L'Estro Armonico, your feet tap and your pulse quickens without the music being pushed to extremes.

Sunday Times, 22nd March 2015
[Podger's] Brecon-based players adopt a "chamber" approach to these virtuosic "orchestral" works, which means intimacy in the rapt slow movements and sizzling dash in the allegros. Such originality explains why L'estro was the publication sensation of the first half of the 18th century.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2015
There's a sense of Podger and her players examining and analysing every note in their preparation, deciding on its role, and placing it carefully back into context, without ever disturbing the forward energy and integrity of the recorded performance...this recording of [the Concertos] outclasses any I've experienced.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
There is no doubt that Rachel Podger has gathered some of Europe's best period instrument string players in her ensemble, Brecon Baroque; and there is nothing lacking in their technical facility, yet it is almost too elegant. Podger and her soloists sometimes allow themselves an few unusual interpretations of Vivaldi's short-hand for the barriolage in the more virtuoso passages. My recommendation for an exciting and engaging recording is still Academia Bizantina.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London (02/2014/09/2014).



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 violins, strings & continuo in D major ("L'estro armonico" no 1), Op. 3/1, RV 549
  • Ensemble: Brecon Baroque
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estro armonico" no 2), Op. 3/2, RV
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in G major ("L'estro armonico" no 3), Op. 3/3, RV 3
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, Op. 3 no 4/RV 550
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A major ("L'estro armonico" no 5), Op.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 violins, cello, strings & continuo in F major ("L'estro armonico" no 7) Op. 3/7, RV
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV 522
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 3 no 9/RV 230
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" no 11), Op. 3/11,
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in E major ("L'estro armonico" no 12), Op. 3/12, RV
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711