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Vivaldi - Amandine Beyer & Gli Incogniti - BBC Music Magazine

01 August 2008
BBC Music Magazine
Martin Cotton

There are several interesting aspects to these performances: the first is a determination to take the programme of each concerto seriously, and make the most of Vivaldi's effects.... the storm in the final movement of Summer has incredible energy and the icicles in Winter are truly freezing... then there is the number of players used, just one to a part, but there isn't any loss of sonority: that's due to the vibrancy of the playing as well as the generous church acoustic. Finally, there is considerable rhythmic freedom in the improvisatory style of the performances... this gives the music an inner life which is extremely attractive, helped by imaginative continuo playing.
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