S0388. I MUSICI: Vivaldi Program. (Germany) Philips 438 876, recorded 1993. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy!
“Here is a generous and varied selection from among the concertos which Vivaldi wrote for strings without soloist. He composed over 40 such pieces of which ten are included here. Anyone who still thinks that one Vivaldi concerto sounds much the same as another should address himself to these vital, often forward-looking pieces. They are full of striking contrasts and ideas which point strongly in the direction of the early symphony. While it is not quite true to say that no movement shares common ground with another, there is a wealth of fresh ideas in these pieces and little or nothing to suggest that Vivaldi was other than meticulous in the composition of them�.there are all the splendid symphonic movements such as those which begin the Concertos in F major (RV136) and A major (RV160)-the latter recorded here possibly for the first time.
I Musici give a lively view of these engaging concertos though I quite frequently found the bass instruments too stentorian, especially in slow movements. Tidy ensemble and good intonation have always been strong features of I Musici's playing and there is no falling off in these respects on the present disc.
Good recorded sound and notes in umpteen languages. A spirited and enjoyable release. Recommended."
- Nicholas Anderson, GRAMOPHONE, May, 1994