Vivaldi - The Four Seasons (arranged for piano by Jeffrey Biegel)

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Vivaldi - The Four Seasons (arranged for piano by Jeffrey Biegel)

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570031
(8.570031)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st June 2009

Barcode:

0747313003174

Length:

59 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Vivaldi - The Four Seasons (arranged for piano by Jeffrey Biegel)


Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

arranged for piano by Jeffrey Biegel

Concerto in C major for mandolin/lute, RV425

arr. Andrew Gentile

Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93

arr. Andrew Gentile


Jeffrey Biegel (piano)

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Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons are among the most popular of Baroque concertos and have inspired musicians to perform them in their original form and in many different guises.

Following the lead given by J.S. Bach when he transcribed a number of Vivaldi’s other concertos for keyboard, this disc presents a sparkling new version of The Four Seasons for solo piano by Jeffrey Biegel.

This is complemented by equally effective arrangements by Andrew Gentile of two of Vivaldi’s other beloved concertos for mandolin and lute.

“Biegel brings a lush sound and elastic sense of rhythm to his interpretations. Architectural shaping of the pieces comes easy to him. His unself-conscious and seemingly effortless expression has a broad and appealing range, without resorting to the maudlin. His balancing of textures brings out the many melodic strands and harmonic treasures. The technical demands do not hinder him, do not call attention to themselves or him. This release rewards the listener on many levels.” American Record Guide

Antonio Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in E major, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) (arr. J. Biegel for piano)

I. Allegro

II. Largo

III. Allegro Pastorale

Antonio Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer) (arr. J. Biegel for piano)

I. Allegro non molto

II. Adagio e piano - Presto e forte

III. Presto

Antonio Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F major, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293, "L'autunno" (Autumn) (arr. J. Biegel for piano)

I. Allegro

II. Adagio molto

III. Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter) (arr. J. Biegel for piano)

I. Allegro non molto

II. Largo

III. Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425 (arr. A. Gentile for piano)

I. Allegro

II. Largo

III. Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi: Lute Concerto in D major, RV 93 (arr. A. Gentile for piano)

I. Allegro guisto

II. Largo

III. Allegro

Gramophone Magazine

October 2009

“Biegel's performances are right on the money and quite transcend the oddity factor, offering a fresh and original take on these much-loved scores.”

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