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Vivaldi 6 Cello Sonatas

Pieter Wispelwey, Florilegium

Antonio Vivaldi

SKU: 6294

Year of release: 1994

Sonata nr. 6 B flat Major 09:50
1. Preludio Antonio Vivaldi 02:34
2. Allemanda Antonio Vivaldi 02:16
3. Largo Antonio Vivaldi 02:29
4. Corrente Antonio Vivaldi 02:30
Sonata nr. 7 g minor 13:14
5. Preludio Antonio Vivaldi 03:29
6. Allemanda Antonio Vivaldi 03:48
7. Sarabanda Antonio Vivaldi 03:07
8. Gigue Antonio Vivaldi 02:48
Sonata nr.9 E flat Major 10:34
9. Larghetto Antonio Vivaldi 03:11
10. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi 02:30
11. Andante Antonio Vivaldi 02:20
12. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi 02:31
Sonata nr.8 a minor 09:15
13. Largo Antonio Vivaldi 02:15
14. Allegro poco Antonio Vivaldi 02:17
15. Largo Antonio Vivaldi 02:57
16. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi 01:44
Sonata nr.5 e minor 10:42
17. Largo Antonio Vivaldi 03:16
18. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi 02:34
19. Largo Antonio Vivaldi 02:54
20. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi 01:56
Sonata nr.4 B flat Major 12:07
21. Largo Antonio Vivaldi 03:47
22. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi 02:39
23. Largo Antonio Vivaldi 03:32
24. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi 02:09
Total time: 65:44

About this album

The Spirit of Vivaldi’s Venice If we could peek into the record and CD collections of listeners throughout the world, then we would without doubt always find at least one item by Vivaldi there, even if the owner’s taste was not specifically classically orientated. This is in itself not surprising. When we glimpse through the CD catalogues we can find more than 160 versions of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ alone, followed by numerous recordings of various concerti for wind, string, and plucked instruments not to mention operatic and vocal works. This ‘overkill’ factor as regards certain of the more glamorous and grand works of Vivaldi has not been of assistance to the listener attempting to define a more complete view of the composer’s oeuvre. The cello sonatas on this disc have only begun to enjoy the interest of performers fairly recently due to the fact that they are intimate and more difficult to interpret than the above mentioned larger scale works: these sonatas require the performer to deal very carefully with tempi and phrasing, to switch off highly virtuoso passagework with contrasting moods of extreme cantabile delicacy all within the framework of a small ensemble. They also require special attention to the details of continuo playing and instrumentation which at times is almost orchestra-like….

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Reviews

Volkskrant

(...) met zwier en aanstekelijke muzikaliteit, en op hetzelfde niveau begeleid door de vier leden van het Londense ensemble Florilegium. (...) (...) De geluidskwaliteit hoort thuis in de topklasse. (...)

Luister

(...) Authentiek musiceren op hoog niveau (...)

Fanfare

(...) Wispelwey has a superb cantabile tone and pristine intonation at whatever tempo. (...) (...) The accompaniments from Florilegium are superb, and the sound of Wispelwey’s cello is close, luminous and present (...)

Journal d’Outremont, Canada

Pieter Wispelwey est l’étoile montante de violoncelle. (...) La prise de son est d’une rare qualité (...)

Washington Post

(...) The young Dutch cellist P.W. brings this music brilliantly to life on a cello dating from Vivaldi’s time.

Répertoire

(...) Wispelwey a sur eux l'avantage de s'assurer pour le continuo les services de l’ensemble Florilegium (...)

Télérama

...) There is definitely a place for this CD in my collection Early Music News Sydney, August 1994 (...).. nous faire pénétrer au plus intime de cette chimie du son en fusion qui est la sienne. Wispelwey nous fait entendre des musiques où transpire une incurable nostalgie, où, mais oui, bat un coeur.

CD Review

(...) Together these artists reveal all the wealth of invention and technical exuberance which set Vivaldi's work apart in Venice and beyond.

Le Républicain

(...) Chaque sonate fait appel à une combinaison particulière d'instruments de continuo qui varie d'un mouvement à l'autre, et parfois même au sein d'un même mouvement. (...)

Denver Post

(...) I can’t remember when I enjoyed a baroque recording so much.

Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

(...) P.W. en Florilegium laten geen twijfel bestaan over de uitbundigheid van de Venetiaanse muziek en de nieuwe rol die daarin was weggelegd voor de cello. (...)

Denver Post

I can’t remember when I enjoyed a baroque recording so much.

Audio Review

(...) un Vivaldi non convenzionale, di grande spessore, lontanto da certe semplificazioni buone per il pubblico meno informato.(...) Qualita: Artistica:8, Sonora 10

Choc Musique

(...) La simplicité, l’aisance, la technique d’archet de Wispelwey apportent une couleur d’une vérité saisissante (...)

Le Républicain Lorrain

Noblesse, pureté des instruments, noblesse dans l'interprétation, on écouterait des heures (...)

Interpretazione: Ottima CD Classica

(...) Infine non si può non sottolineare anche la padronanza tecnicadel solista che supera con estrema disinvoltura ogni ostacolo e sfoggia sempre una mirabile scioltezza.

American Record Guide

(...) The continuo lines are played by Florilegium, founded in 1991. The sonatas are infused with a delightful mixture of continuo sounds, including cello, organ, guitar, harpsichord, archlute and theorbo. In five of the six sonatas, instrumentation is changed between movements, making for a subtlety of sounds not usually heard in continuo lines. In fact, some changes are so subtle they might fail to be noticed. (...) (...) Florilegium has released a disc of their own, and it is clear from their contribution that they are a group to be watched.

BBC Music Magazine

(...) The performances reflect a balanced synthesis of flair, introspection and decorum, ensuring that such aspirations are ideally realised (...)

Télérama

(...) Un tel ‘florilège’ aux sonorités admirables fera date: il est porté par une exubérance que nous prenons un authentique plaisir à partager.

Muziekmozaiek

(...) Een orgie waar elk oor verslaafd aan raakt, van het meest onverschillige tot het meest kritische en verwende: sensueel en verstild, grappig en gevoelig, dansant en meditatief.

Luister

(...) Deze vertolkingen bieden grote virtuositeit naast intieme klankschildering, een forse streek naast zeer verfijnde fraseringen en dit alles in het ideale tempi. (...)

Anne Piéjus

Pour le bonheur des vivaldiens convaincus comme des réfractaires incurables, Pieter Wispelwey propose une irrésistible interprétation de six sonates de Vivaldi, accompagné par l’Ensemble Florilegium qui, depuis sa création en 1991, ne cesse de faire parler de lui. (...) (...) La simplicité, l’aisance, la technique d’archet de Wispelwey apportent d’une couleur d’une vérité saisissante (...)

Fanfare

(...) this are rewarding performances (...)

In Tune

(...) Wispelwey knows how to make the music sing and dance. (...) (...) As usual Channel's sonics are superb, as are the well-written, informative jackets notes. ‘Definitive’ is a dangerous word, but for now, this sounds like the it of Vivaldi cello recordings.

Muziekmozaiek

(...) Een orgie waar elk oor aan verslaafd raakt, van het meest onverschillige tot het meest kritische en verwende: sensueel en verstild, grappig en gevoelig, dansant en mediatief. (...)

Choc musique

Diapason d’or: Chaque sonate mériterait un description détaillée, tant l’équilibre d’orchestration est bien trouvé entre Florilegium et Wispelwey.

Diapason

(...) Chaque sonate mériterait une description détaillee, tant l’équilibre d’orchestration est bien trouvé entre Florilegium et Wispelwey.

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerBert van der Wolf
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateJanuary 1994
Recording LocationResnswoude - The Netherlands
EditingBert van der Wolf
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerTed Diehl