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Vivaldi

Magazine article Gramophone

Vivaldi

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Vivaldi [G] 'Concerti per due violin! Concertos--RV127; RV505; RV507; RV510; RV513; RV527; RV529 Giuliano Carmignola, Amandine Beyer vns Gli Incogniti Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2249 (70' * DDD)

When there are so many recordings of Vivaldi concertos to choose from, how do you know where to start? When one of those recordings has not a single concerto on it that you have knowingly heard before, how can you guess its worth? Well, if you see the words Gli Incogniti on it, that's a pretty good sign; and if next to them there is also the name Giuliano Carmignola, that ought to be a clincher.

Assuming you already like Vivaldi, there is perhaps not much more that needs to be said, but that would be to deprive me of my chance to enthuse. Amandine Beyer's orchestra has impressed many with its dynamic performances of Baroque string repertoire, revealing a particular aptitude for identifying the contours of Vivaldi's music and communicating its heady power to entrance. Their recent 'II teatro alla modo' disc of rarely heard solo violin concertos (Harmonia Mundi, 12/15) was an ear-opener, and the ability it showed to expose the music's inner dialogues finds further expression in this new disc of double concertos, with Carmignola as guest soloist. …

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