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Vivaldi: Concerti per violino Vol 1 / Enrico Onofri, et al

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 208 "Il grosso Mogul" - Grave
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 8/RV 332
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D major ("L'inquietudine"), RV 234
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in C minor, RV 199 "Il sospetto"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in B flat major, Op. 8 no 10/RV 362 "La caccia"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale"
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Notes & Reviews:

This release is the first in an important series of recordings devoted to Vivaldis 90 violin concertos preserved in Turin. Here are Il Grosso Mogul, La Caccia, LInquietudine, Il Sospetto these and the other highly theatrical works on this program are splendidly served by the solo violin of Enrico Onofri, who stated that his desire was to explore the sphere of sensationsin this recording.

BBC Music Magazine
Enrico Onofri is a player of dazzling virtuosity, whose intonation seldom falters and whose imaginative responses to some of Vivaldi's most poetic utterances thrilled and touched me.

The Gramophone
Onofri is as good a soloist as may be met in a long march, pitch-perfect, incisive but not 'edgy' and effortlessly alert to every nuance.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Enrico Onofri writes that 'when subjected to a profound, subtle and precise reading of the rhetorical formulas that compose them, [Vivaldi's] concertos stand revealed as extremely impassioned works, by turns gently melancholic, impetuous, ironic, dramatic, caricatural, introspective, voluptuous, violent, tender, graceful.' All these characteristics are depicted in Onofri's intensely rhetorical playing. Occasionally he likes to introduce mischievous (perhaps even anarchic) elements into Academia Montis Regalis's performances, as if to insist that we must not regard this music as mere fashionable wallpaper music. The relentlessly tempestuous Concerto RV234, L'inquietudine, is not stuff that corporations will use for holding callers on the telephone.

Onofri's rapid flourishes in the extensive cadenza that concludes the Grosso Mogul Concerto, RV208, are not only phenomenal from a technical point of view but delivered in such a convincing way that every single note seems to matter. Amid the thwacks and snaps in fast tuttis one wonders if elegance might be an authentic Vivaldian characteristic in danger of becoming overlooked, although there is much more to these performances than shock tactics. Among the finest elements of this kaleidoscopic disc are the quieter slower movements: eloquence, grief, tranquillity and desire all seem to be worn on Onofri's sleeve. The Adagio in Concerto RV270, Il riposo, is breathtakingly beautiful; La caccia is unusually provocative, rewarding and frequently amazing.

Academia Montis Regalis present Vivaldi's concertos as totally compelling and meaningful music that demands full attention and respect.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 208 "Il grosso Mogul" - Grave
  • Performer: Enrico Onofri (Violin)
  • Conductor: Enrico Onofri
  • Ensemble: Academia Montis Regalis
  • Running Time: 14 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 8/RV 332
  • Performer: Enrico Onofri (Violin)
  • Conductor: Enrico Onofri
  • Ensemble: Academia Montis Regalis
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D major ("L'inquietudine"), RV 234
  • Performer: Enrico Onofri (Violin)
  • Conductor: Enrico Onofri
  • Ensemble: Academia Montis Regalis
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in C minor, RV 199 "Il sospetto"
  • Performer: Enrico Onofri (Violin)
  • Conductor: Enrico Onofri
  • Ensemble: Academia Montis Regalis
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in B flat major, Op. 8 no 10/RV 362 "La caccia"
  • Performer: Enrico Onofri (Violin)
  • Conductor: Enrico Onofri
  • Ensemble: Academia Montis Regalis
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 270 "Il Riposo-Per il Natale"
  • Performer: Enrico Onofri (Violin)
  • Conductor: Enrico Onofri
  • Ensemble: Academia Montis Regalis
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742