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Vivaldi: Concerti da Camera / Collegium Pro Musica

This three-CD set contains the concertos and sonatas with RV catalog numbers 83, 84, 86-88, 91, 92, 94-96, 99, 100, 103, 105-108, and 801

This charming release explores Vivaldi's cultivation of the chamber concerto - a form which, leading on from the concerto grosso as well as the composer's adaptation of Torelli's solo concerto, comprises a group of soloists without orchestra.

Featuring many a prominent role for wind instruments, Vivaldi's works pit ritornello (group) textures against virtuosic soloists in order to bring out the timbre of the individual instruments. The former passages evidently draw on those used in the composer's sonatas for three instruments - two of which are featured on this disc - and from the chaconne-based variations of RV107's last movement to the rustic dance-like rhythm in the first movement of 'La pastorella', the set brims with invention.

The performances, which are top-notch and noticeably superior to those on the Teldec set with respect to both instrumental balance and interpretations. The nine members of Collegium Pro Musica (including organist/harpsichordist Roberto Lorregian, who has also participated in distinguished multidisc sets for Brilliant of music by Frescobaldi and de Cabezón) play with polish and dexterity. Special mention should be made of recorder player Stefano Baglaino, who has the lead role in all the pieces except RV 83 and 801; he is as fine a virtuoso on his instrument as I’ve ever heard. The recorded sound is well balanced, being neither too close nor too distant. Anyone who shares my enthusiasm for this part of Vivaldi’s compositional output should acquire this set forthwith; highly recommended.

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