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Solisti di Zagreb Conducted by Antonio Janigro  - Vintage Record Album - Music of Couperin, Mozart, Corelli, Britten -  RCA Vinyl  LP

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Beautiful Performances by a Supremely Talented Chamber Orchestra


The Solisti di Zagreb, under the direction of Antonio Janigro here presents rich and vigorous performances of music by three 17th - 18th century masters and one 20th century giant. I found this to be an absolutely beautiful recording. The works are gems and the interpretations so totally satisfying and definitive that I was left in music limbo after listening ....what could I then possibly play that would sound so lushly perfect?


"In the intervening years since their debut in Town Hall, New York, the Solisti di Zagreb have endeared themselves to the American public with their supreme gifts of individual and collective artistry. To whatever music they cull from the treasures of three centuries and twice as many countries, they bring a ravishing string tone, exemplary team work and that sine qua non of great performing -- a complete joy in music as a way of life.These are master craftsmen enamored of the music they discourse, and impeccable stylists in music of new and old vintage. String virtuosos all, each an artist in his own right, one and all are intimately allied through a working rapport of ideals and temperament, in the loftier persona of the group.

"This recorded program begins with Mr. Janigro as the featured soloist in Couperin's exquisite set of Concert Pieces for Cello and Orchestra. The inescapable word for this early French master (1668 - 1733) is 'courtly'.

"To Couperin's Italian contemporary, Corelli (1653 - 1713), the Solisti di Zagreb bring much the same thoroughness and finesse, the difference being the the music of a superior genius. Second only to Vivaldi, Corelli offers rich pickings for ensembles of this kind. Pioneer of the concerto grosso, Corelli typifies his mastery of the medium in the bustling fabric of Concerto Grossi, Opus 6, No. 4. Everywhere one detects the unfaltering hand of a creative genius who was also one of the first and most influential virtuosos of the violin.

"So accustomed are we to the miracle of Mozart that listening to the Divertimento in D, K.136, we take for granted the genius and beauty at the command of a boy of sixteen. Even the fact that the opus number is 136 has become small cause for wonder. Mozart has taught us all to accept miracles as commonplace - which is dangerous. For even a lifetime of Mozartean study leaves much unexplained and unexplored. He is the paragon of composers, prodigal and boundless. With lavish ease, even at sixteen, he shook masterpieces from his coat-sleeves. The Divertimento in D belongs to Mozart's so-called 'Unterhaltungsmusik', music to entertain and please as if anything he ever wrote did otherwise.

"Admirers of Benjamin Britten ... owe thanks to the Solisti di Zagreb for their gallant espousal, in concert hall, and recording studio, of the Simple Symphony. Published in 1934, some months before the composer attained his majority, the four-movement score is based on pieces he had written between the ages of nine and twelve. From the alliterative titles --'Boisterous Bouree', 'Playful Pizzicato', 'Sentimental Saraband', 'Frolicksome Finale' -- one might surmise a clever jeu d'esprit not to be taken seriously. This would be a mistake. Facile and whimsical the symphony is -- a few passages perhaps triggered unconsciously by a phrase or two of Prokovieffs. But one is left utterly delighted and astonished. The work is almost wholly British -- note the echoes, intended or unbidden, of folk songs -- and wholly adroit, no less startling as the musical thinking of a child than as the finished work of a twenty-year-old."

Listening to this album I do not wonder at the acclaim this album has won. Absolutely brilliant performances all around!



JACKET : Light surface rub ... record ring visible on both sides .... edge nicking and slightly bumped corners .... essentially clean and presentable (has small stamped inspection number in upper corner on back)

LINER : Original RCA plastic-lined paper liner

DISC : Looks bright and clean ... Plays smoothly and brightly ...there were a few small, near-negligible tics ... these might have been from dust particles ... a thoroughly enjoyable listen - the music rules.

Solisti di Zagreb Conducted by Antonio Janigro - Vintage Record Album - Music of Couperin, Mozart, Corelli, Britten - RCA Vinyl LP


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