Vivaldi: 6 Concerti Op. 10

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COMPOSERS: Vivaldi
LABELS: RCA Gold Seal
WORKS: 6 Concerti Op. 10
PERFORMER: James Galway (flute); New Irish CO/James Galway
CATALOGUE NO: 09026 61351 2 DDD (1983)
Romantically resonant, panavision performances, with the flute placed unrealistically forward. Slick technique means a lot to Galway. He likes his Vivaldi gift-wrapped. He positively revels in the elated virtuosity of this extraordinary music (just listen to his glossy high-speed tonguing), yet responds sentimentally to its poetry, with an indulgent vibrato expressively exceeding Baroque ornament. At under 48 minutes, poor value. Ates Orga

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