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On Concertos for the Emperor, Andrew Manze, leads The English Concert in their second recording together on Harmonia Mundi. Manze demonstrates the electrifying, spontaneous style of playing which has made him one of the hottest properties on the classical music scene.
This program brings together for the first time a reconstruction of six violin concertos from the manuscript which Vivaldi had presented to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI in 1728. The album was recorded, edited & mastered in DSD. Available in Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound Pure DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64 plus Stereo DSD 512 at NativeDSD.
The English Concert
Andrew Manze, Director
Total time: 01:18:44
DSD 512 fs, DSD 256 fs, DSD 128 fs, DSD 64 fs, FLAC 192 kHz, FLAC 96 kHz
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Robina G. Young
Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London on February 15–17, 2004
|Release Date||May 2, 2014|
Should there be any detractors who still harbour doubts about Vivaldi’s genius they should listen to this outstanding release. The Harmonia Mundi sound engineers have produced excellent sonics and the annotation is interesting and informative. These are superlative accounts to cherish!
Los Angeles Times
This set consists of alternative versions of six concertos previously published as part of the Opus 9 set, “La Cetra” (The Lyre). Opus 9 had been dedicated to the Austrian ruler Charles VI, and these alternatives were versions Vivaldi gave the emperor when they met during Charles’ visit to Trieste in 1728. Sweetness and energy characterize the playing, with the muted orchestra effect in Concerto No. 10, “L’amoroso,” especially seductive. Manze also provides several dazzling improvised cadenzas.
The Seattle Times
This disc of Vivaldi violin concertos is their second collaboration, and what an amazing one it is. Those who like to dismiss Vivaldi as elevator music should take a listen. Such vital, often electric and compelling music and music making is rare.
San Francisco Chronicle
Andrew Manze, the vivid soloist and director of the English Concert, brings to this disc the suppleness and sense of immediacy he did to the superb Concert for the Prince of Poland (also on Harmonia Mundi). These performances yield a glowing musicality throughout.
The engineers have captured Manze’s sparkle. Strongly recommended to general audiences as well as to Manze’s many admirers, for who it’s mandatory.
Music fit for a king in performances that fully match Vivaldi’s grand vision. “I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a Vivaldi disc so much for years: the music very characteristic, but much freer of cliché than he is sometimes apt to be. And the there’s the performance. This is violin playing of an extremely high order from Andrew Manze: thythms beautifully springy, articulation clear and precise, intonation perfect, and great refinement in the shaping of phrases. The orchestra support is strong and energetic, the recrded quality is first-rate. An outstanding CD in every way.”
The Times, London
“With violinis Andrew Manze… holding the reins… you can feel electricity crackle again.” –
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