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Antonio Vivaldi : "La Stravaganza"

Fabio Biondi - Europa Galante

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Of the new school of Italian authentic-instrument violinists who have moved the spotlight south from the Netherlands in High Baroque repertory, none has had more success than Fabio Biondi. There are more purely daring interpretations of Vivaldi, and more subtle ones. But Biondi and his handpicked Europa Galante ensemble send audiences away satisfied, even where historical performance remains a rarity. His performances are a great deal of fun, with big, booming outer movements taken at a breakneck clip that does nothing to impede his total mastery of the solos. In this excerpted set of concertos, published in London in 1728 as Vivaldi's Op. 4, Bondi's style is displayed with maximum effectiveness. The concertos have less obviously attractive tunes than the more famous L'estro armonico set or the Four Seasons concertos, replacing those with big blocks of sound that respond well to Biondi's high-energy treatment. Sample especially the opening movement of the Violin Concerto in B flat major, RV 383a (track 1), where Europa Galante keeps up with Biondi in passagework that seems to distort the underlying pulse and take on its own rhythmic momentum. Plenty of thrills! An additional bonus is the presence of an unusual Concerto for violin, cello, strings, and continuo, RV 544, which features an invertible pair of solo parts (showing that Vivaldi could even do contrapuntal trickery when he set his mind to it). Virgin Classics' sound in its Biondi discs has a live church acoustic that puts one in mind of an indoor swimming pool, and it may not be to everybody's taste. In general, though, this is an excellent place to start for those curious about Biondi or even about the entire revolution that has overtaken the performance of High Baroque instrumental music.

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Antonio Vivaldi : "La Stravaganza"

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1
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in B Flat Major, RV 383a: I. Allegro 00:02:42

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in B Flat Major, RV 383a: II. Largo e Cantabile 00:01:56

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in B Flat Major, RV 383a: III. Allegro 00:02:36

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, RV 279 (from "La stravaganza", Op. 4): I. Allegro 00:04:14

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in E Minor, RV 279: II. Largo 00:02:23

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in E Minor, RV 279: III. Allegro 00:03:17

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in A Minor, RV 357: I. Allegro 00:02:48

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Violin Concerto No. 4 in A Minor, RV 357 (from "La stravaganza", Op. 4): II. Grave 00:02:11

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in A Minor, RV 357: III. Allegro 00:02:37

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in F Major, RV 284: I. Allegro 00:02:43

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in F Major, RV 284: II. Largo 00:01:28

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in F Major, RV 284: III. Allegro 00:02:33

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in D Major, RV 204: I. Allegro 00:02:35

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Violin Concerto No. 11 in D Major, RV 204 (from "La stravaganza", Op. 4): II. Largo 00:01:24

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

15
La Stravaganza Op.4 No.9, Concerto in D Major, RV 204: III. Allegro assai 00:01:52

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

16
La Stravaganza: Concerto RV291 in F major: I. Allegro 00:03:04

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

17
La Stravaganza: Concerto RV291 in F major: II. Larghetto 00:02:27

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

18
La Stravaganza: Concerto RV291 in F major: III. Allegro 00:03:12

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

19
Concerto for violin, cello and strings in F major, RV 544 'Proteo o sia il mondo al rovescio': I. Allegro 00:03:53

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

20
Concerto for violin, cello and strings in F major, RV 544 'Proteo o sia il mondo al rovescio': II. Largo 00:02:54

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

21
Concerto for violin, cello and strings in F major, RV 544 'Proteo o sia il mondo al rovescio': III. Allegro 00:03:24

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Fabio Biondi, Conductor, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Europa Galante, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

2011 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics. 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

Of the new school of Italian authentic-instrument violinists who have moved the spotlight south from the Netherlands in High Baroque repertory, none has had more success than Fabio Biondi. There are more purely daring interpretations of Vivaldi, and more subtle ones. But Biondi and his handpicked Europa Galante ensemble send audiences away satisfied, even where historical performance remains a rarity. His performances are a great deal of fun, with big, booming outer movements taken at a breakneck clip that does nothing to impede his total mastery of the solos. In this excerpted set of concertos, published in London in 1728 as Vivaldi's Op. 4, Bondi's style is displayed with maximum effectiveness. The concertos have less obviously attractive tunes than the more famous L'estro armonico set or the Four Seasons concertos, replacing those with big blocks of sound that respond well to Biondi's high-energy treatment. Sample especially the opening movement of the Violin Concerto in B flat major, RV 383a (track 1), where Europa Galante keeps up with Biondi in passagework that seems to distort the underlying pulse and take on its own rhythmic momentum. Plenty of thrills! An additional bonus is the presence of an unusual Concerto for violin, cello, strings, and continuo, RV 544, which features an invertible pair of solo parts (showing that Vivaldi could even do contrapuntal trickery when he set his mind to it). Virgin Classics' sound in its Biondi discs has a live church acoustic that puts one in mind of an indoor swimming pool, and it may not be to everybody's taste. In general, though, this is an excellent place to start for those curious about Biondi or even about the entire revolution that has overtaken the performance of High Baroque instrumental music.

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