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Vivaldi – Six Oboe Concertos

This release includes a bonus Concerto (B-flat major, RV 465) that was recorded at the sessions, but not used.

Release: DSC86p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’




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  1. One can easily get Vivaldi overload, as so many of his pieces are so similar. These do mix things up a bit with some tracks using an organ in the continuo.
    Full surround here, with the string orchestra balanced toward the back, probably to spotlight the oboe.
    A worthwhile release. Thank you, OD.


  2. Performances of baroque music in this style, before the development of the ‘historically informed performance’ (‘Hip’) movement, are now hard to bear. They didn’t know, before the discoveries of Kirkpatrick, Kuijken, Harnoncourt, Frans Bruggen, Gardiner et al how to realise baroque composers’ intentions in a sympathetic manner. Even Mackerras took the ‘hip’ ideas on in a big way, and made great improvements in his realisations of Handel, for example, moving far beyond the vibrato-heavy, clumsy renditions of his early recordings with the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Vivaldi needs air, grace, charm – and the right instruments, with an open, natural sound. I’m sure there must be quad era recordings of the pioneers of authentic early music performance, since the developments overlapped..?


    • So i’d guess you’d put this performance into the pre-HIP type of performance? Trying to find baroque music in quad is had going but i’ll try digging a little harder to see what i can find.

      Although not ‘Baroque’, i do enjoy the recordings of Bethovens symphonies by the Hanover Band on original instruments. I’m not sure if it fully full fills all of the requirements to be truly accurate but i’ll admit it can be quite different, at times, from what we are used to hearing from todays modern orchestras.


      • The BBC4 programme with the Gardiner Beethoven 5 had several researchers claiming we should think of Beethoven as the last Baroque composer, rather than the first Classical/Romantic as he tends to be thought of. The idea has merit especially for his early works like the Eroica.


  3. Yes, quad + HIP baroque is a bit niche! – You’ve got a couple of excellent HIP-informed releases on the blog by Hesperion xx (Jordi Savall) and Reinhard Goebel (‘Baroque Violin Virtuosi’) who is brilliant. The Hanover Band were pioneers, but their leader and director Roy Goodman was not a conductor on a par with the inspirational Gardiner for eg – as Owen has pointed out re Beethoven symphonies. (The late Frans Bruggen was also a good Beethoven interpreter, his Eroica on Phillips – not quad alas – was a revelation – he recorded Beethoven in multi-channel again later for Glossa – I haven’t heard these). David Munrow’s ‘Art of the Netherlands’ with his Early Music Consort of London was released in quad, I believe (Seraphim ‎– SIC-6104). That is pre-Baroque, of course, but the same performance philosophy applies – only more so! Munrow was a marvel. His early death a disaster.



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