Vivaldi - Concertos | Channel Classics CCSBOX7423

Vivaldi - Concertos

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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCSBOX7423

Barcode: 0723385742326

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 7

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 21st April 2023



Gathered here are Rachel Podger’s award-winning recordings from 2003-18 of Vivaldi’s concerti for violin: La Cetra, La Stravaganza, Le Quattro Stagioni, and L’Estro Armonico.

La Stravaganza (with Arte dei Suonatori) won Gramophone’s 2003 Baroque Album of the Year: “the performances by Rachel Podger are crackling with vitality and executed with consistent brilliance, a performance to leave you breathless”. La Cetra (with Holland Baroque) was awarded a Diapason d’Or: “Superb orchestral image, rich, large and profound”. The Times on 2015’s L’Estro Armonico (with Brecon Baroque): “as her fingers fly through the concerto 12-pack, your feet tap and your pulse quickens without the music being pushed to extremes. A scintillating album.” Producer Jonathan Freeman-Attwood on 2018’s Le Quattro Stagioni (with Brecon Baroque): “Virtuosity is non-negotiable here and Rachel has it in abundance. But it’s the colour, poetry, vibrancy and evocative characterisation of weather, human warmth and fragility, captured by the dynamic flux of Rachel interlocking with her colleagues in Brecon Baroque, that deliver near-unimaginable qualities in this music.”

“Podger’s Midas touch makes even a warhorse such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons sound fresh-minted. She and her Brecon players see these concertos not as orchestral but as chamber music. Yet there is no lack of power in the big tuttis...This Vivaldi has an improvisatory quality, making you listen with cleansed ears.” – The Sunday Times (CCSSA40318: Le Quattro Stagioni)

“You can’t imagine feathers getting ruffled by Rachel Podger’s approach to Vivaldi. Not that it’s remotely boring; as her fingers fly though the concerto 12-pack, L’Estro Armonico, your feet tap and your pulse quickens without the music being pushed to extremes.” – The Observer (CCSSA36515: L'estro armonico)

“The variety of Op 9 astounds the ear, especially in these feisty readings, which emphasise the folksy roots of the dance movements and lend them an almost funky modernity. The highlight here is the B flat major double concerts – with Judith Steenbrink as second soloist.” – The Sunday Times (CCSSA33412: La cetra)



An enticing seven-disc collection ... It's hard not to be won over by Podger's sparkling artistry in these performances, and it's great to have them collected together in this way ... Prepare to be dazzled
BBC Music Magazine
La Stravaganza – Extravagance – Antonio Vivaldi’s title for the set of 12 violin concertos published as his Op 4, full of fantasy and adventure. Now that was the recording that actually won a Gramophone award twenty years ago, alerting us to the potent combination of violinist Rachel Podger and Polish baroque ensemble Arte dei Suonatori. What a debut, it is still the Building A Library recommendation for La Stravanganza and now you can get hold of all of Podger’s Vivaldi Concertos in a 7-CD set at budget price, new this week. The sound is superb accross 4 venues with 3 different ensembles. Really joyful music making.
Record Review (BBC Radio 3) 15 April 2023

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