I've got Dover scores and CDs of Op.3 and Op.8.
24 violin concertos should be enough, or is there anything important I'm missing? (Heinz Holliger playing the six oboe sonatas seems to be lost in the mists of time).
Incidentally, the word "cimento" is fascinating. I've briefly looked it up in Reynolds' Cambridge Italian Dictionary and Garzanti, but since there are Italians on this forum, their view would be interesting.
There are the sonatas. Opus 2 is really good, about half of it I think are masterpieces (op.5 is decidedly less interesting). There are sonatas that stayed unpublished during Vivaldi's life; a set called "Manchester sonatas" (I don't know why) and four called "Dresden" (they were a gift to Pisendel and the autograph is in Dresden). Two of those at least are master pieces (C-Major and c-minor).
I like what you say about HIP, Albrecht.
As I recall, the “Manchester” sonatas are named after the library in which they were rediscovered.
I'll listen to them more than I'll play them - I plan to learn the four seasons in a couple of years' time, but more as études than as something I'd ever perform.
I applaud your plan and your focal composer, Gordon!
For anyone who is not a modern performance practice true believer, there's the Fabio Biondi sonata recordings, and the Federico Guglielmo ones.
I think there are good reasons why Vivaldi's 4 Seasons Concertos are so popular. I never heard it before I bought the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra recording (mono-LP) conducted by Karl Münchinger and featuring violinst Werner Krotzinger in the late 1950s. There have been subsequent recording by the SCO and Munchinger, but for me, this has always THE ONE. It was reissued on CD this century, and I bought that because it is superior to the CD copy I made from my LP.
FWIW: I checked them both out on youtube. I rather liked Biondi (in op.2/3 in d-minor). He brings out the cello line where it is musically important (especially in the fist movement). His style of HIP is more on the moderate side, not too choppy. I'd still prefer fewer ornaments* and more attention to the long melodic arches that Vivaldi constructed.
Vivaldi's Four Seasons is often derided and vastly overperformed but passes the gold standard of musical worth which is the test of time. As far as the rest of his output is concerned, thanks to online streaming sites we never need to hear the same work twice which would have been pretty much the experience of his contemporary audience.
Sheesh, you can have the complete Op.1-12 on 19 discs if you want.
thanks Albrecht for pointing at the Vivaldi sonatas, which I was not aware of. Fabio Bondi was mentioned, he is of course world class. Europa Galante is featured a lot on classical radio here in Belgium.
I don't feel I have to use much or any vibrato when playing Vivaldi's music. The natural resonances from the instrument itself seem to go a long way. It's kind of nice to have one less thing to worry about it; it allows me to focus on the bow hand more I suppose.
There are people who will not listen to twelve opuses' worth of Vivaldi on 19 CDs who will gladly commit as much time to TV shows like "Friends" or "Dallas."
Big collections are a tricky subject. I've got various box-sets of discs, including a 96-disc baroque compendium (of which I've listened to about 30 discs - once you hear Corelli on the recorder instead of the violin, you lose a little interest), but the only big sets I've completed are Laurel and Hardy, Xena and the X-Files, lol, and Third Rock from the Sun, and, err, ALF.
Scott Ross' complete Scarlatti on harpsichord is pretty rad
I warmly recommend the boxed set of Haydn piano sonatas performed by John McCabe.
How about the complete Riccardo Muti on 91 discs?
John McCabe, mentioned by Paul above, was not only a pianist but also a composer whose work deserves attention.
If you want to try for a record, there's all of Bach on 153 discs.
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