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  1. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno"), RV 297, Op. 8/4 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4): Largo
  2. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera"), RV 269, Op. 8/1 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1): Largo
  3. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate"), RV 315, Op. 8/2 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2): Adagio - Presto
  4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F major ("L'autunno"), RV 293, Op. 8/3 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 3): Adagio Molto
  5. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: Largo
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  1. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno"), RV 297, Op. 8/4 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4): Largo
  2. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera"), RV 269, Op. 8/1 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1): Largo
  3. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate"), RV 315, Op. 8/2 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2): Adagio - Presto
  4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F major ("L'autunno"), RV 293, Op. 8/3 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 3): Adagio Molto
  5. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: Largo
  6. Double Mandolin Concerto, for 2 mandolins, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532: Andante
  7. Double Oboe Concerto for 2 oboes (or recorders), strings & continuo in D minor, RV 535: Largo
  8. Concerto for 2 violins, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 564: Largo
  9. Piccolo (Flautino) Concerto, for piccolo (or recorder/flute), strings & continuo in C major, RV 443: Largo
  10. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G major, RV 298, Op. 4/12 ("La stravaganza" No. 12): Largo
  11. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 383a, Op. 4/1 ("La stravaganza" No. 1): Largo
  12. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 279, Op. 4/2 ("La stravaganza" No. 2): Largo
  13. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G major, RV 301, Op. 4/3 ("La stravaganza" No. 3): Largo
  14. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 357, Op. 4/4 ("La stravaganza" No. 4): Grave
  15. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A major, RV 347, Op. 4/5 ("La stravaganza" No. 5): Largo
  16. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 316a, Op. 4/6 ("La stravaganza" No. 6): Largo
  17. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 185, Op. 4/7 ("La stravaganza" No. 7): Largo
  18. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 185, Op. 4/7 ("La stravaganza" No. 7): Largo
  19. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F major, RV 284, Op. 4/9 ("La stravaganza" No. 9): Largo
  20. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 196, Op. 4/10 ("La stravaganza" No. 10): Adagio
  21. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D major, RV 204, Op. 4/11 ("La stravaganza" No. 11): Largo
  22. Chamber Concerto, for recorder, 2 violins & continuo in A minor, RV 108: Largo
  23. Oboe Concerto, for oboe, strings & continuo in F major, RV 456 (doubtful): Largo
  24. Recorder (Flute) Concerto, for recorder or flute, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 441: Largo
  25. Double Concerto, for viola d'amore & lute, strings & continuo in D minor, RV 540: Largo
  26. Guitar Concerto, for guitar, strings & continuo in A major (arranged from Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82): Larghetto
  27. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in G minor ("La Notte"), RV 439, Op. 10/2: Largo
  28. Concerto for violin, 2 trombones da caccia, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 574: Grave
  29. Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, 2 horns & bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 569: Grave
  30. Double Horn Concerto, for 2 horns, strings & continuo in F major, RV 539: Larghetto
  31. Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 498: Larghetto
  32. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in D minor, RV 238, Op. 9/8 ("La cetra" No. 8): Largo
  33. Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 530, Op. 9/9 ("La cetra" No. 9): Largo e spiccato
  34. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G major, RV 300, Op. 9/10 ("La cetra" No. 10): Largo cantabile
  35. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 198a, Op. 9/11 ("La cetra" No. 11): Adagio
  36. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 358, Op. 9/5 (also attributed to Giovanni Piantaneda): Largo
  37. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A major, RV 348, Op. 9/6 ("La cetra" No. 6): Lar
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Extracting only the slow movements from Vivaldi's concertos is an odd idea, for they are carefully calibrated to their surroundings. Vivaldi's is an art of maximum contrasts within fairly fixed forms, and the slow movements contribute to that, with gently rhythmic tunes or even near-stasis juxtaposed with the programmatic effects or spectacular sweep of the outer movements. Presented alone, they may indeed provide the "over 2 hours of the world's most relaxing music" promised on the cover here. You don't need Vivaldi for ...

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