Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297 (Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8 No. 4; L'inverno; L'hiver)

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Vivaldi: Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione - 12 concerti, Op. 8


I Musici, Felix Ayo

This set of concertos includes those of Op.8 (published as 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione', in 1725), dedicated to the Bohemian count Wenzel von Morzin, who from 1719 (at the latest) had been an important patron of the composer, commissioning dozens of concertos from him.

All these concertos are for a single violin soloist, although Nos 9 and 12 first saw life as concertos for oboe - an alternative which remains to this day.

The collection is famous for its seven 'characteristic' (illustrative) concertos, of which the first four are the celebrated 'Four Seasons', complete with their newly-devised accompanying sonnets which were probably authored by Vivaldi himself. Of these 'Four Seasons', the 'Spring' concerto above all enjoyed special popularity during the remainder of the century in France, where the concerto genre had established itself much later than in Italy or Britain.

This famous recording with I Musici was one of the most successful of all time and is proudly reissued by United Classics.

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Vivaldi: Les Quatre Saisons

Vivaldi: Les Quatre Saisons


Tartini:

Violin Sonata in G minor 'Devil's Trill'

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons


Joshua Bell (violin), John Constable (harpsichord)

Sony - G010003098682H

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Vivaldi: Für mein Baby

Vivaldi: Für mein Baby


Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Violin Concerto, Op. 8 No. 5 in E flat major, RV253 'La tempesta di mare'

Violin Concerto, Op. 8 No. 6 in C major, RV180 'Il Piacere'


Enrico Casazza (violin)

La Magnifica Comunita

Brilliant Classics - 93818

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Le Quattro Stagioni & Other Piano Works

Le Quattro Stagioni & Other Piano Works


Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV1067: Badinerie

(arr. S Sangiovani for piano)

Handel:

Keyboard Suite, HWV 437 in D minor

Keyboard Suite, HWV 432 in G minor: Passacaille

Lully:

Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

(arr. S Sangiovani for piano)

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

(arr. S Sangiovani for piano)


Scipione Sangiovanni (piano)

Urania Leonardo Digital Collection - LDV14015

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


Soovin Kim (violin)

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia - COP052

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


Frederic Pelassy (violin)

Orchestre de Chambre de Marais, Pascal Vigneron

Quantum - QM7070

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Violin Concerto in C minor, RV199 'Il Sospetto': III Allegro


Janine Jansen (violin), Candida Thompson, Henk Rubingh, Julian Rachlin, Maarten Jansen, Stacey Watton, Liz Kenny, Jan Jansen

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Decca High Fidelity - 4785001

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & Violin Concertos

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & Violin Concertos


Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Violin Concerto, RV 222 in D major

Concerto in D minor, RV 237


Zsolt Kalló (violin)

Capella Savaria

The first disc on the renewed Hungaroton label is the return of the five times “Disc of the Year” award winner ensemble Capella Savaria. The ensemble play period instruments to perform The Four Seasons, one of the most popular pieces of not only Vivaldi but of the Classical genre. It is a master piece, rich and multi-layered and offers something new regardless of how many times one has listened to the work. A stand alone, closed cycle, complimented on this disc by two of Vivaldi’s remarkable violin concertos.

Hungaroton - HCD32729

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Naive 15th Anniversary Limited Editions: Accentus, Laurence Equilbey

Naive 15th Anniversary Limited Editions: Accentus, Laurence Equilbey


Cornelius:

Drei Psalmlieder Op. 13

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 6, Des pas sur le neige

Mahler:

Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz (No. 4 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Mendelssohn:

Christus

O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden

Verleih uns Frieden

Vom Himmel hoch (Cantata No. 6)

Pesson:

Preuve par la neige: Si comme la lune ...

Preuve par la neige: La lune paraît

Prokofiev:

Le champ des morts

Ravel:

L'Indifférent (Shéhérazade No. 3)

La Flûte enchantée (Shéhérazade No. 2)

Le Jardin féerique

Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant

Ronsard à son âme

Schubert:

Grablied fur die Mutter D616 (poet unknown)

Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D343

Nacht und Träume, D827

Der Wegweiser (No. 20 from Winterreise, D911)

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297

Wagner:

Im Treibhaus (No. 3 from Wesendonck-Lieder)


Sandrine Piau (soprano), Robert Getchell (tenor) & Markus Butter (baritone)

Accentus & Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Laurence Equilbey

Naive 15th Anniversary Limited Editions - NC40043

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

for recorder


Erik Bosgraaf (recorder & conductor)

Ensemble Cordevento

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is one of the world’s most popular and widely recorded collections of music, a set that instantly became an international hit after it was first published at part of the composer’s Op.8 in 1725. No doubt it was its imitative directness – extra musical occurrences/phenomena evoked in an extremely suggestive manner and even written into the score, such as “the barking dog” or “the drunkards’ sleep” etc. – that caused such as sensation in its time, effortlessly bridging the gap between the salons of the highborn and the alehouses of the lowly. Today nothing has changed: the concertos are performed both by great violin virtuosos and famous hard rockers; they are works that are constantly being presented in new guises through the re‐imagining and reworking of the musical score.

Such is the standpoint adopted on this recording by Erik Bosgraaf, who has chosen here to adapt the violin part for recorder, explaining how “the violin part can be played on the recorder with surprising ease, without many changes. In some ways it works even better than concertos Vivaldi wrote specifically for the recorder!” Years ago Bosgraaf performed The Four Seasons with a symphony orchestra; for the present album, however, he wanted to approach his ideal as closely as possible using Cordevento, a small baroque ensemble he founded himself, knowing all the musicians through and through. Bosgraaf’s aim is to make the four legendary concertos sound as if they had been written for the recorder in the first place – and the results are laudable, with the contrasts between the wind instrument and the accompanying strings revealing previously unheard stratifications and details. As the soloist himself puts it, “Listen to Vivaldi with fresh ears and enjoy!”

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