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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Riccardo Chailly


Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 448225   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marco BoniGiorgio BarboliniFranco GulliEmanuele Benfenati
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Another Four Seasons, this one played on modern instruments by I Filarmonici del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and directed by Riccardo Chailly. Of greater interest to collectors, however, may be the three other concertos by Vivaldi which occupy almost half the playing time on the disc. They are occasional works richly scored for an orchestra which variously includes flutes or, more properly, recorders, oboes, clarinets and bassoon. Two of them, the Concerto per la Solennita di San Lorenzo and the Concerto per l'orchestra di Dresda contain prominent parts for solo violin while the remaining Concerto funèbre is unusually scored for three viole all'inglese (instruments with sympathetic strings akin to the viola d'amore), muted oboe, Read more salmoé (an early member of the clarinet family), solo violin and strings. This lastmentioned work is an affecting one with several strikingly imaginative touches though Vivaldi's subtly conceived sonorities inevitably lose something when realized by modern instrumental counterparts. Generally speaking I enjoyed the playing of slow movements more than the faster ones. There is a tendency towards perfunctoriness both in rhythm and in the somewhat unimaginative shaping of phrases.

The Four Seasons are played in a lively manner and have a greater rhythmic flexibility than the other concertos on the disc. The soloist, Franco may sound a distant bell in the minds of long-standing collectors. I first heard him in London's Royal Festival Hall in 1957 when he was a prominent member of Renato Fasano's Virtuosi di Roma; and at about the same time or shortly afterwards, he took part in two outstandingly successful recordings for EMI. Several of the Vivaldi concertos on those discs were reissued on the Eminence label during the mid-1980s and in spite of their age have as much claim to be available on CD to collectors as the present performances. (Gulli's partnership with Edmondo Malanotte in the Double Violin Concerto in G major, RV516 might well be considered among the most stylish performances of Vivaldi's music of the time.)

Perhaps Gulli has lost a little of his vitality and precision which were such admirable features of his playing in the 1950s, but the orchestral support here is not invariably of the kind to set the heart on fire. Even so, this is a disc well worth considering both for Gulli—his tasteful ornamentation of the slow movement of "Winter" is appealing— and the three miscellaneous concertos which, though not new to the catalogue, are infrequently performed.

-- Gramophone [5/1992]
reviewing the original release of this album, Decca 430697
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marco Boni (Cello), Giorgio Barbolini (Organ), Giorgio Barbolini (Harpsichord),
Franco Gulli (Violin)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Giorgio Barbolini (Organ), Giorgio Barbolini (Harpsichord), Franco Gulli (Violin),
Marco Boni (Cello)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Giorgio Barbolini (Harpsichord), Giorgio Barbolini (Organ), Franco Gulli (Violin),
Marco Boni (Cello)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marco Boni (Cello), Giorgio Barbolini (Organ), Giorgio Barbolini (Harpsichord),
Franco Gulli (Violin)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5. Concerto for Violin, Oboe and Chalumeau in B flat major, RV 579 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marco Boni (Cello), Giorgio Barbolini (Organ), Giorgio Barbolini (Harpsichord),
Franco Gulli (Violin)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6. Concerto for Violin, 2 Oboes, 2 Recorders and Bassoon in G minor, RV 577 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Giorgio Barbolini (Organ), Giorgio Barbolini (Harpsichord), Franco Gulli (Violin),
Marco Boni (Cello)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7. Concerto in C major, RV 556 "Per la solenità di S Lorenzo" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Giorgio Barbolini (Harpsichord), Giorgio Barbolini (Organ), Marco Boni (Cello),
Emanuele Benfenati (Violin), Franco Gulli (Violin)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8. Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marco Boni (Cello), Giorgio Barbolini (Harpsichord), Franco Gulli (Violin),
Giorgio Barbolini (Organ)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 

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