Vivaldi 6 Cello Sonatas

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Tracklist

1.
Sonata nr. 6 B flat Major - Preludio
01:54
2.
Sonata nr. 6 B flat Major - Allemanda
01:36
3.
Sonata nr. 6 B flat Major - Largo
01:49
4.
Sonata nr. 6 B flat Major - Corrente
01:51
5.
Sonata nr. 7 g minor - Preludio
02:10
6.
Sonata nr. 7 g minor - Allemanda
02:28
7.
Sonata nr. 7 g minor - Sarabanda
00:00
8.
Sonata nr. 7 g minor - Gigue
00:00
9.
Sonata nr.9 E flat Major - Larghetto
00:00
10.
Sonata nr.9 E flat Major - Allegro
01:51
11.
Sonata nr.9 E flat Major - Andante
01:41
12.
Sonata nr.9 E flat Major - Allegro
01:51
13.
Sonata nr.8 a minor - Largo
01:35
14.
Sonata nr.8 a minor - Allegro poco
01:38
15.
Sonata nr.8 a minor - Largo
00:00
16.
Sonata nr.8 a minor - Allegro
01:04
17.
Sonata nr.5 e minor - Largo
00:00
18.
Sonata nr.5 e minor - Allegro
01:55
19.
Sonata nr.5 e minor - Largo
00:00
20.
Sonata nr.5 e minor - Allegro
01:16
21.
Sonata nr.4 B flat Major - Largo
02:27
22.
Sonata nr.4 B flat Major - Allegro
01:59
23.
Sonata nr.4 B flat Major - Largo
02:12
24.
Sonata nr.4 B flat Major - Allegro
01:29

Description

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….

Additional information

Artists

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Recording location

Resnswoude – The Netherlands

Mastering equiment

Sony digital Editor 3000

Mastering engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Mixing console

Rens Heijnis Custom made

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Recording format

PCM 44.1

Analog to digital converter

dCS900

Recording date

January 1994

Editing

Bert van der Wolf

Composers

Recording engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Producer

Ted Diehl

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Genre

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Digital to analog converter

Sony

Press reviews

Journal d’Outremont, Canada

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

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.

Audio Review

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

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. (…)

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 (…)

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. (…)

Washington Post

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

Fanfare

(…) this are rewarding performances (…)

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.

Choc musique

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

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 (…)

Diapason

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

Choc Musique

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

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.

Télérama

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

Denver Post

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

Denver Post

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

BBC Music Magazine

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

CD Review

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

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.

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.

Répertoire

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

Luister

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

Luister

(…) Authentiek musiceren op hoog niveau (…)

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. (…)

Le Républicain Lorrain

Noblesse, pureté des instruments, noblesse dans l’interprétation, on écouterait des heures (…)

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. (…)

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