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

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Complete version and orchestral backing tracks

Massimo Marin (violin)

Compagnia d'Opera Italiana Orchestra, Antonello Gotta

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


The Four Seasons

Manchester manuscript version, 1726

Trio Sonata, Op. 1 No. 12 for Two Violins & Continuo in D minor, RV 63 'La Follia'

Daniel Sepec (violin & direction)

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

The Amsterdam edition of 1725 was long the principal source, but the concertos of the Four Seasons have also survived in another form – a handwritten version now known as the Manchester manuscript, since the original is housed in the Henry Watson Music Library, Manchester. This CD is that version, brought to life by the Daniel Sepec and performed on a 1780 baroque violin.

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

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

Felix Ayo (violin/director), Maria Teresa Garatti (harpsichord)

I Musici

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Vivaldi: Four Seasons & Oboe Concertos

Vivaldi: Four Seasons & Oboe Concertos


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)


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

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


The Four Seasons

Gidon Kremer (violin), Leslie Pearson (organ & harpsichord)

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Concerto, Op. 3 No. 10 'Con quattro Violini e Violoncello obligato', RV 580

Eriko Sato (violin), Guillermo Figueroa (violin), Liang Ping How (violin), Joanna Jenner (violin), Eric Bartlett (cello), Edward Brewer (harpsichord)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Concerto in A major RV552

Walter Prystawski (violin), Herbert Höver (violin)

Festival Strings Lucerne, Rudolf Baumgartner

Flautino Concerto in C major, RV443

Hans-Martin Linde (flute)

Kammerorchester Emil Seiler, Wolfgang Hofmann

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Vivaldi & Cage: 8 Seasons

Vivaldi & Cage: 8 Seasons


String Quartet in Four Parts

arr. for baroque orchestra by Frank Agsteribbe


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


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

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

Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin & director)

Avison Ensemble

This is the highly-anticipated second recording in the Avison Ensemble’s Baroque series, which includes the complete recording of Antonio Vivaldi’s virtuosic violin concertos by the outstanding period instrument orchestra.

Directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, Britain’s foremost Baroque violin virtuosi, the ensemble presents an insightful performance of the masterpiece that is brimming with energy.

Vivaldi’s Concerti Opus 8 includes The Four Seasons which is, without a doubt, Vivaldi’s best-known work.

Each of the twelve concertos is extremely demanding and Beznosiuk’s virtuosity permeates throughout each performance.

The thematic elements within each innovative work results in a collection that is colourful, fresh and emotionally charged. Opus 8 is a true testament of Vivaldi’s ability for invention and variation.

Formed in 1985, the Ensemble has attracted great critical acclaim. The Guardian commented: “I’d take the Avison Ensemble over Karajan…any day”.

The Avison Ensemble comprises some of Europe's leading Baroque musicians, including artists from The Hague, Germany, France, Austria and London, with international soloists from all over the globe.

Pavlo Beznosiuk, the UK's foremost baroque violin virtuoso, is in demand as a soloist and orchestral leader performing regularly with the Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

“Beznosiuk is soloist-director, all flinty trills and silky legato in The Four Seasons and pithy grace in the D and G minor Concertos. Alternating archlute and guitar and harpsichord and organ respectively, Paula Chateauneuf and Roger Hamilton pinpoint the constant play of light central to Vivaldi's music. Delicious.” The Independent on Sunday, 6th November 2011

“Beznosiuk and his crack ensemble have produced a modern set second to none. Playing is stylish, colourful and warm” Classical Music, 19th November 2011 ****

“this is a Seasons which mostly keeps dramatic overstatement in check...this excellent UK-based ensemble show[s] why it is rapidly gaining respect as one of the finest period-instrument bands of our time, mercifully bereft of novelty factor or proselytizing zeal and offering up performances which are as entertaining, compelling and colourful as they are authoritative and polished...A very impressive addition to the discography of this fine group.” International Record Review, January 2012

“I've always admired the suavity and subtle imaginative colouring of the Avison Ensemble's performances...Here Vivaldi's grosser programmatic intentions are made the subject of speculation rather than plain realisation...Beznosiuk's playing is a marvel both here and throughout the remaining concertos...and at one with an ensemble which likewise responds to this music with a genuine freshness and intelligence.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“this rendition is played on period instruments, which have often come to mean strong attack, primary colours and sharply articulated phrasing. Not here. The Avison Ensemble takes a gentler approach...Beznosiuk has plainly chosen an approach that suits his naturally mellifluous style. There's little of the rubato that has become such a feature of Baroque playing, and the continuo is often unobtrusive” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ***

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Cosma, V:

Euphonium Concerto

Seth Fletcher (euphonium)




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


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Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)


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The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


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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