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The latest addition to the catalogue of Vivaldi recorder concerto recordings comes from the Chabotterie Manor in the French Vendée region, where this ensemble has been in residence since 2004. The acoustic is as beautiful as the pictures would lead one to expect, and the string blend likewise, but the recording provides mixed pleasures. Soloist and director Hugo Reyne is a player of very impressive technical prowess, but his conception of Vivaldian rhetoric seems inconsistent. He draws a brilliant head of steam from his strings in the opening movement of La Tempesta di Mare, but elsewhere, the phrasing seems to lose its tautness somewhat, notably in the slow movement of the C minor concerto. Some unorthodox instrument choices have been made, with the A minor concerto played on voice flute and Il Gardellino on a G alto.

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