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VIVALDI: 4 Seasons (The) / Violin Concertos, Op. 8, Nos. 5-6

Composer(s):Vivaldi, Antonio
Artist(s)
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.557920
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


Vivaldi’s universally popular Four Seasons has become one of the most recorded pieces of classical music. The four concertos, with their virtuoso part for solo violinist, depict the changing seasons in a pastoral landscape with dazzling variety. Vivaldi evokes not only the changing atmospheric conditions, for example the dripping rain represented by the pizzicato violins in the second movement of Winter, but bird calls and animal cries, swaying grass, bubbling brooks, and human events such as drunkards sliding and slithering, and a man walking on ice. Formerly known as International Sejong Soloists, Sejong is a group of virtuoso string players including many well-known young soloists.

   




Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D.,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,December 2006

Cho-Liang Lin, while taking the music close to the edge, yet manages to stay within credible bounds and never loses sight of the musical line and thought to speed for its own sake. This recording has to be near the top of the numerous others in the catalogues. Recorded in Holy Trinity Church in New York, the acoustical setting is just right for the music, and the recording engineer did himself proud. I've never heard a better sounding version than this one. Additonally, one of my pet peeves - that of inaudible continuo - is more than addressed in this recording. Anthony Newman's admirable work is clear and present, and blends in beautifully with the enthusiastic playing by soloist and ensemble. All participants easily cope with the breakneck tempos they choose at times. Chalk up

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