Sammartini, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Locatelli, Manfredini, Corelli, Geminiani & Scarlatti

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COMPOSERS: Albinoni,Corelli,Geminiani & Scarlatti,Locatelli,Manfredini,Sammartini,Vivaldi
LABELS: Naxos
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Italian Concerti Grossi
WORKS: Music by Sammartini, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Locatelli, Manfredini, Corelli, Geminiani & Scarlatti
PERFORMER: Capella Istropolitana/Jaroslav Krechek
CATALOGUE NO: 8.550877 DDD
This is a delightful record of symphonies and concertos of the Corelli-Vivaldi period. Most listeners will know the famous A minor Concerto by Vivaldi from L’estro armonico for two solo violins and orchestra (Op. 3/8), and perhaps the spirited D major Concerto Grosso by Arcangelo Corelli (Op. 6/4); but many of the other works will not be familiar except to real connoisseurs of the Italian Baroque.

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The concertos and symphonies have been well chosen, and the performances are delicate and robust, as needed, conducted by Jaroslav Krechek with an orchestra of modern instruments. In fact, I cannot imagine a more attractive visiting-card for those who do not yet know this great and glorious Italian school of the early 18th century but would like to have a sampler.

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The recording is full-bodied and the disc is good value for money at 66 minutes. This is a budget record and a great success. I warmly recommend it. HC Robbins Landon