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Haydn: Violin Concertos ()

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Italian violinist Guiliano Carmignola has a crisp, sharp style that can do wonderful things in High Baroque repertory. In Classical-period music he is again distinctive, but your mileage may vary. This release harks back to the middle days of historically informed playing, when Baroque groups first began to explore the Classical era (and music beyond). There are no graceful, gentle lines here, no warm, muted colors of mythological figures frolicking in summer sunshine. The Orchestre des Champs-+lysTes slashes away at the outer-movement entrances, and Carmignola matches them step for step. The third participant is engineer Ulrich Vette, who mikes everything close enough to hear the players' clothes rustling, much closer, in fact, that Haydn's audience at Esterhßza would have been. This doesn't make sense, but if you like the overall approach there's a lot to recommend this recording. Carmignola does not conduct the orchestra, but he manages a much closer and more coherent ensemble than occurs on many... Hide synopsis

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