Vivaldi: Grosso Mogul, RV 208; L’Inquietudine, RV 234; Il Sospretto, RV 199; La Caccia, RV 362; Il Riposo, RV 270; Violin Concerto in G minor, RV 332

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COMPOSERS: Vivaldi
LABELS: NAIVE
ALBUM TITLE: Vivaldi
WORKS: Grosso Mogul, RV 208; L’Inquietudine, RV 234; Il Sospretto, RV 199; La Caccia, RV 362; Il Riposo, RV 270; Violin Concerto in G minor, RV 332
PERFORMER: Academia Montis Realis/ Enrico Onofri (violin)
CATALOGUE NO: OP 30417
Vivaldi’s violin concertos, whether

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for one or two soloists, lie at the heart

of his music. Although most of them

– some 240 or more in all – have

been recorded over the years, there

is still a significant number which

have not and, in due course, most of

these will appear in this enterprising

Vivaldi Edition. This new issue,

though, features six concertos which

have been recorded many times

over, two of them, RV 332 and 362,

having been included by Vivaldi in

his famous Op. 8 set of concertos

containing The Four Seasons.

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. Yet I also found

occasional disappointments, the

greatest of them being what seems

to me an absurdly brisk tempo for

the opening movement of the muted

string Il riposo (RV 270). Onofri’s

performance reflects neither the ‘rest’

of the subtitle nor the association

with Christmas with which

Vivaldi later imbued it. The tender,

intimate spirit of this opiate piece is

captured with far greater charm and

conviction by Giuliano Carmignola

whose performance takes a full

minute longer (Divox CDX 79605).

Otherwise readers will find much

here to fuel their imagination in

solo and ripieno playing alike.

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Nicholas Anderson