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The Original Four Seasons / Vanessa-mae


Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 98082   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiGiuseppe TartiniVanessa-MaeMatthew Wilder
Performer:  Vanessa-MaePaul TaylorJony RockstarRony Barrak,   ... 
Conductor:  Vasko Vassilev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laureate
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The main question here is what they mean by "original," since this performance is based on the usual version of Vivaldi's famous set of concertos. What is different is that this is not Vivaldi's original, but an arrangement, though not one that departs much from what one would normally hear. Toying with these pieces is commonplace in modern baroque practice, since it is believed Vivaldi expected his soloists to embellish their lines. Nigel Kennedy's popular recording took quite a few liberties; Vanessa-Mae is perhaps a little more ostentatious than most when it comes to ornamentation, and the improvising extends to the ensemble at large, but it's still pretty much Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' played by a talented extrovert with a somewhat Read more romantic attitude. Much the same could be said of the ensemble arrangement of Tartini's 'Devil's Trill' Sonata, but the dance-beat arrangement of material from that work is not to be missed, perhaps the highlight of the disc. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Vanessa-Mae (Violin)
Conductor:  Vasko Vassilev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laureate
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Notes: Arranged: Vanessa-Mae and Pamela Nicholson 
2. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, B g5 "Devil's Trill" by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Vanessa-Mae (Violin)
Conductor:  Vasko Vassilev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laureate
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Vanessa-Mae and Pamela Nicholson 
3. Devil's Trill by Vanessa-Mae
Performer:  Paul Taylor (Electronics), Jony Rockstar (Electronic Drums), Rony Barrak (Percussion),
Paul Taylor (Keyboards), Vanessa-Mae (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This selection, based on elements of Tartini's "Devil's Trill" Sonata, was written in collaboration with Youth and Jaz Coleman. 
4. Reflection by Matthew Wilder
Performer:  Jaz Coleman (Electronics), Vanessa-Mae (Violin), Pamela Tan Nicholson (Keyboards),
Pamela Tan Nicholson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5. Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Vanessa-Mae (Violin)
Conductor:  Vasko Vassilev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laureate
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Vanessa-Mae and Pamela Nicholson 
6. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Vanessa-Mae (Violin)
Conductor:  Vasko Vassilev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laureate
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Vanessa-Mae and Pamela Nicholson 
7. Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Vanessa-Mae (Violin)
Conductor:  Vasko Vassilev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laureate
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Vanessa-Mae and Pamela Nicholson 
8. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Vanessa-Mae (Violin)
Conductor:  Vasko Vassilev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laureate
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Vanessa-Mae and Pamela Nicholson 

Sound Samples

Allegro (Spring - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 1)
Largo E Pianissimo Sempre (Spring - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 1)
Allegro (Spring - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 1)
Allegro Non Molto (Summer - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 2)
Adagio (Summer - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 2)
Tempo Impetuoso D'Estate (Summer - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 2)
Allegro (Autumn - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 3)
Adagio (Autumn - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 3)
Caccia (Autumn - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 3)
Allegro Non Molto (Winter - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 4)
Largo (Winter - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 4)
Allegro (Winter - The Four Seasons Op 8 No 4)
Larghetto, Ma Non Troppo (The Devil's Trill)
Allegro Moderato (The Devil's Trill)
Grave (Allegro Assai/Grave Allegro Assai/Grave/Allegro Assai Cadenza/Andante/Largo)
The Devil's Trill Sonata
Reflection

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