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

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Vivaldi: Four Seasons & Oboe Concertos

Vivaldi: Four Seasons & Oboe Concertos


Albinoni:

Concerto Op. 7 No. 3 for oboe & strings in B flat major

Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe)

Concerto Op. 7 No. 6 for oboe & strings in D major

Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe)

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Kenneth Sillito (violin)

Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV461

Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe)

Oboe Concerto in D minor, RV454

Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe)


Virtuosi of London, Arthur Davidson

Produced by EMI Classics in partnership with the prestigious National Gallery in London, The National Gallery Collection is a budget-price catalogue series bringing together the very best in fine art and classical music.

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Vivaldi & Cage: 8 Seasons

Vivaldi & Cage: 8 Seasons


Cage:

String Quartet in Four Parts

arr. for baroque orchestra by Frank Agsteribbe

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons


Rodolfo Richter (harpsichord)

Baroque Orchestra B’Rock

In his String Quartet in Four Parts, Cage aimed for a musical idiom intended for gut strings and wanted no vibrato. This inspired Frank Agsteribbe to arrange the work for Baroque string orchestra and critically acclaimed Belgian ensemble B’Rock has taken up the project.

B’Rock has cleverly combined Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Cage, alternating one movement of each on disc 1, with the complete works on disc 2.

“[it] pays off big time, with each movement of the Cage acting as a strange, oneiric pendant or footnote to each concerto in The Four Seasons...generous rhetorical pauses and profuse ornamentation [are] the order of the day. But in the context of Cage's poised stillness, the effect is extraordinary.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Music & Sonnets


Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

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


Sir Michael Gambon (narrator), Robert Atchison (violin)

Altamira Chamber Orchestra

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, (1678-1741) nicknamed il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest), was a Venetian priest and Baroque music composer, as well as a famous violin virtuoso; he was born and raised in the Republic of Venice, where he spent most of his life. In 1711 he composed twelve violin concertos which were published in Amsterdam by the music publisher Estienne Roger under the title "l'Estro armonico" (Harmonic Inspiration). The Four Seasons consisting of four violin concertos and the violin concerto La Tempesta Di Mare (Stormy sea), which are performed on this release are part of this collection. The Four Seasons is undoubtably Vivaldi's best-known work and one of the most popular works from the the Baroque period in the repertoire. The Sonnets depicting the seasons were written by Vivaldi prior to the music and are uniquely presented here in conjunction with the music and as an intrinsic part of the entire performance, bringing even more life to this wonderfully expressive and descriptive music. This CD has the honour to have Sir Michael Gambon, one of the greatest and most distinguished British actors of his generation, to narrate the sonnets, together with a vibrant and bracing musical performance from violinist Robert Atchison and The Altamira Chamber Orchestra.

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Carnegie VI

Carnegie VI


Cosma, V:

Euphonium Concerto

Seth Fletcher (euphonium)

Danner:

Scherzo

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1

Fauré:

Pavane, Op. 50

Handel:

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Mobberley:

On Thin Ice

Osmon:

Octet No. 2, 'Frescos de Bonampak'

Prokofiev:

Lieutenant Kijé: Troika

Tull:

Tabular octad

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297

Scott Beaver (tuba)


Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, R. Winston Morris

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Concerto in B flat Major for recorder, strings and basso continuo, RV 375

Violin Concerto in E minor, RV277 'Il favorito'

Violin Concerto in E major, RV271 'L'Amoroso'


Elizabeth Blumenstock (violin)

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan

Our familiarity with Vivaldi’s music makes it a particular challenge to any soloist not only to measure up to the virtuosity of past performers, but also to bring to the performance something new. In the case of Elizabeth Blumenstock and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, that “something new” is actually something very old and precious in its authenticity and faithfulness—a performance that would, without doubt, have pleased the Red Priest mightily.

RV271, L’amoroso and RV277, Il favorito were part of a set of six concertos Vivaldi gave to Emperor Charles VI, who rewarded him with lots of money, a knighthood, a gold medal and an invitation to come visit him in Vienna. And yet one cannot help feeling that these pieces weren’t actually written for the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. The innocent tenderness and joy of L’amoroso and Il favorito, their distinctly feminine lyric sadness and longing, would point to the pieces first having been written for the girls and women of the Pietà.

The rarely recorded concerto in B-flat major (RV375) is from Vivaldi’s late period. Complex and nuanced, the piece is filled with emotions that seem to belong more exclusively to the composer. While RV375 is recognisably the work of the same exuberant man who composed “The Four Seasons,” there is a morbid sense of foreboding in the music, especially in the first movement, and a tone of defiance throughout.

Baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock is widely admired as a performer of compelling verve and eloquence. She has played with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since 1981 as a regular soloist, concertmaster, and leader. She is also a regular concertmaster with American Bach Soloists, the Göttingen Händelfestspiel Orchestra and the Italian ensemble Il Complesso Barocco. She plays a 1660 Andrea Guarneri violin on loan from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Period Instrument Trust.

“[the B flat Violin Concerto's] slow movement finds Elizabeth Blumenstock at her most eloquent....McGegan is rhythmically incisive [in the Seasons], but strong beats are often leant on unsubtly” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ***

“[Blumenstock] combines impeccable taste with a strong technique to bring something fresh to Vivaldi's music...she colours Vivaldi's pastoral world delicately and within the restrained vocabulary of his time...The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, under Nicholas McGegan, provides strong and colourful support for which Blumenstock, too, must claim responsibility.” Classical Music, 2nd June 2012 *****

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Vivaldi & Piazzólla: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi & Piazzólla: The Four Seasons


Piazzólla:

Cuarto Estaciones Porteñas

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons


David Grimal (violin & direction)

Les Dissonances

For the past five years, David Grimal has organised a benefit concert for the homeless, and all proceeds from this disc will be donated to the association The Margéniaux. This programme is therefore chosen for a wider audience: the famous Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, are associated with the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla.

An ambitious challenge for the young Aparte label, contributing to a cause dear to David Grimal's heart.

Aparté - AP011

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Vivaldi: 4 Seasons of Love

Vivaldi: 4 Seasons of Love


Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Concerto for Strings in D minor RV 129 'Madrigalesco'

Concerto for strings No. 5, RV 114


Il Tempio Armonico: Davide Monti (solo violin), Alberto Rasi (cello, director) & Maria Christina Cleary (arpa doppia)

Stradivarius is very proud to present Antonio Vivaldi’s masterpiece in a new recording. Il Tempio Armonico rediscovers the deepest essence of The Four Seasons with a performance based on the original manuscripts and carried out 'a parti reali', with arpa doppia and harpsichord as continuo. The outcome is a performance that succeeds in giving back the original freshness, charm and grace of Vivaldi’s masterpiece.

The CD is enriched by two other Concertos by Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto Madrigalesco RV129 and Concerto in C major RV114.

Since its foundation in 1999, Il Tempio Armonico, led by Alberto Rasi, aims for authenticity in performance practice and to re-create music's original appeal and vitality. The musicians of the ensemble are enriched by playing with numerous world-renowned groups and soloists including T. Koopman, J. Savall, M. Huggett and G. Carmignola.

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Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)

Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)


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'


Cho-Liang Lin (violin) & Anthony Newman (harpsichord and portatif organ)

Sejong

Praised by Gramophone magazine as “an invigorating account of the Seasons” when first released on 24-bit 88.2 kHz Stereo and Surround Recordings Naxos CD 8557920, Vivaldi’s universally popular Four Seasons, with their virtuoso part for solo violinist, depict the changing seasons in a pastoral landscape with dazzling variety. Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, who has been compared with Gidon Kremer, Nigel Kennedy and Kyung-Wha Chung, and the virtuoso ensemble Sejong give ‘a durable and unmannered, yet bracing and continuously interesting version’ (Fanfare) of these immortal classics.

Naxos - NBD0016

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Vivaldi & Piazzólla: Seasons

Vivaldi & Piazzólla: Seasons


Piazzólla:

Cuarto Estaciones Porteñas

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons


Daniel Rowland (violin)

Stellenbosch University Camerata

Winner of MTN South African Music Award 2010 in the category of Best Popular Classical Album.

“Daniel Rowland and the Stellenbosch University Camerata have been performing this spicy cocktail of eight seasons since the ensemble was formed in 2008. Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, originally written for a small band with the composer himself paying bandoneon and here performed in one of a number of subsequent arrangements for string ensemble, consists of four portraits of Buenos Aires, urban counterparts to Vivaldi’s portraits of rural life. Rowland and his players tackle them in a suitable frenzy of heat and colour, the quotations from Vivaldi peeking cheekily out from the potent mix of vibrant rhythms, complete with percussion, and the welter of glissandos and ponticello effects.

The Vivaldi, too, is vividly performed. In the fast movements, and they are fast, tuttis are clipped and dry. The performance conforms to the current approach to historically informed interpretation, with modern players on modern instruments taking what they will from their period colleagues.” The Strad, Feb 2011

Two Pianists - TP1039015

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The Eight Seasons

The Eight Seasons

live from Queen's Hall Edinburgh


Piazzólla:

Cuarto Estaciones Porteñas

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons


Jonathan Morton (violin)

Scottish Ensemble

A unique disc from one of Scotland’s most dynamic and versatile groups: the Scottish ensemble is a tightknit band of outstanding string players from around Europe who perform regularly together under Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton. This disc, one of their first solo releases following acclaimed discs with artists such as Alison Balsom and Toby Spence, contrasts Vivaldi’s timeless Four Seasons with Piazzolla’s tango inspired The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

“The playing standard is excellent, with the strings of the Scottish Ensemble finding a light and suitably transparent texture in the Vivaldi, matched by bright, stylish solos from Jonathan Morton...if [Kremer]s Vivaldi is not particularly "Baroque" in sound, many will appreciate its richer string tone and personality.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

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