, November 2012
Some of the musicians who played in these ensembles were famous in their own right. Violinist and leader Angelo Ephrikian, cellist Paul Tortelier, and harpsichordist Robert Veyron-Lacroix, for example, are contributors to this collection.
Given that this nine-CD set is selling at ArkivMusic for $48.99 (just over $5 per disc), one shouldn’t complain…What we…have here is the complete “La stravaganza,” the complete trio sonatas of op. 1, the complete sets of op. 5 sonatas and op. 6 concertos, and, as performed by Tortelier and Veyron-Lacroix, the complete set of cello sonatas published without opus number…
Anyone who grew up with recordings of Vivaldi and other Baroque composers by one or another of the Italian string ensembles named above will know what to expect from these performances. Articulation is smooth, with no roughness of bowing or amputated phrasing; tone production is full and plush, and tempos are never too fast or too slow. With an entire generation of period-instrument practice behind us, I don’t know if one would call this approach historically informed, but it’s never anything but tasteful and elegant, something I think that never goes out of style.
This is a fantastic bargain and definitely recommended… © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review