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Vivaldi: Adagios
Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Andrew Parrott
Vivaldi: Adagios
Genres: Pop, Classical
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Intriguing Italian Baroque Music
Alan Lekan | Boulder, CO | 05/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Antonio Vivaldi [1678-1741] is one of the towering figues of the Italian Baroque movement occuring in the arts in that era. Vivaldi composed opera, choral music for masses and secular works for small orchestral performances. He is mockingly famous for writing endless concertos for violin, cello and other instruments - as at times there can be a "sameness" to many of them.

But sameness is nowhere to be found on this marvelous compilation CD of various adagio (slow) movements. Serious collectors of classical music may even warm to it as many of the selections sample some rich treasures far beyond the commonplace "Best of Baroque" compliations. Yes, ideally classical music should be heard as it was intended (typically 3 movements of fast-slow-fast in Italy) but its nice at times to relax to all slowly unfolding wonderous works as these.

From the opening operatic piece, one is immediately capivated by intrique and mystery with the solo voice soaring of a gentle orchestral background. Some listeners will be familiar with the more famous slow movements from the Four Seasons concerto. The operetic pieces and those played by The Europa Galante with consummate Baroque violinist, Fabio Biondi, are impeccably performed and are highlights worth hearing. Additionally, the sound quality is vivid and full with nothing to cite as deficient.

I have over a thousand classical CD's but always will find room to play this collection when I am in a mood for a delicious mixture of the Italian Baroque. Running time is a generous 80 minutes. The only negative I can find is the strange, paper-like mask worn on the cover photo which looks like a "oops we-forgot-the-mask" project rather than a period Venetian ball mask worn in that era. But, then again, I am no Venetian mask expert to speak of. Compositions - 4.5 stars; Performance - 4.5 stars; Sound quality - 5 stars."