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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Janine Jansen

Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000529802   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Maarten JansenCandida ThompsonHenk RubinghJulian Rachlin,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This is a delight with a seriousness of purpose that rather belies the star-centred packaging. Jansen and friends offer this ever-popular work in a cut-down, chamber version that grows on you with each listening. The playing is full of vigour and imagination, and the sound merely adds to the appeal... you're unlikely to resist Jansen's charms for long." -- Gramophone


With well over 100 recordings to choose from, such are the musical possibilities thrown up by Vivaldi’s vibrant pictograms that no two versions sound remotely alike. Of the old-school versions, Henryk Szeryng directing the English Chamber Orchestra on Philips (now sadly deleted) still holds sway, although finest of recent accounts on
Read more modern instruments is Anne-Sophie Mutter’s second DG outing with the Trondheim Soloists, an exhilarating musical rollercoaster ride that surprises at every dive and swerve, without resorting to the grating eccentricity and puerile shock tactics of several period-instrument versions.

If Mutter turns Romantic semantic sensibilities on their head, Janine Jensen might be said to marry traditional expressive values with the textural vitality and bracing inventiveness of authenticity. Jansen possesses the ideal combination of intonational purity and tonal allure, and is beguilingly responsive to the music’s shifting moods, creating the uncanny impression of a series of vividly drawn characters passing before our eyes as we listen. The all-star ensemble responds to her every whim and caprice with a ravishing sequence of captivating sonorities that grow naturally out of the music rather than merely being superimposed on it. The recording possesses a seductive autumnal glow that bathes the listener in a stream of golden sound. Forget the meagre playing time: with this exemplary release, the benchmark has been raised just that bit higher.
5 out of 5 stars for performance, 5 out of 5 stars for sound

-- Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Maarten Jansen (Cello), Candida Thompson (Violin), Henk Rubingh (Violin),
Julian Rachlin (Viola), Stacey Watton (Double Bass), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo),
Jan Jansen (Harpsichord), Jan Jansen (Organ), Janine Jansen (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Yakult Hall, Amsterdam 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Yakult Hall, Amsterdam (05/20/2004 - 05/23/2004) 
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jan Jansen (Organ), Stacey Watton (Double Bass), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo),
Maarten Jansen (Cello), Julian Rachlin (Viola), Henk Rubingh (Violin),
Jan Jansen (Harpsichord), Candida Thompson (Violin), Janine Jansen (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Yakult Hall, Amsterdam 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Yakult Hall, Amsterdam (05/20/2004 - 05/23/2004) 
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jan Jansen (Harpsichord), Candida Thompson (Violin), Henk Rubingh (Violin),
Stacey Watton (Double Bass), Julian Rachlin (Viola), Maarten Jansen (Cello),
Jan Jansen (Organ), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Janine Jansen (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Yakult Hall, Amsterdam 
Length: 10 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Yakult Hall, Amsterdam (05/20/2004 - 05/23/2004) 
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Maarten Jansen (Cello), Stacey Watton (Double Bass),
Jan Jansen (Harpsichord), Jan Jansen (Organ), Julian Rachlin (Viola),
Janine Jansen (Violin), Henk Rubingh (Violin), Candida Thompson (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Yakult Hall, Amsterdam 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Yakult Hall, Amsterdam (05/20/2004 - 05/23/2004) 
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Candida Thompson (Violin), Henk Rubingh (Violin), Julian Rachlin (Viola),
Maarten Jansen (Cello), Stacey Watton (Double Bass), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo),
Jan Jansen (Harpsichord), Janine Jansen (Violin), Jan Jansen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Yakult Hall, Amsterdam 

Featured Sound Samples

Violin Concerto, op 8 no 1 "Spring": I. Allegro
Violin Concerto, op 8 no 2 "Summer": III. Presto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Refreshing June 25, 2013 By Reginald B. See All My Reviews "At age 76 I never thought I'd be purchasing this work again having discovered it in my teens, but the depth and transparency of this performance is amazing. Most refreshing and a delight in every respect. A fine purchase. Thank you for offering it and to the performers for performing it. Reg." Report Abuse
 Magnificent recording! April 26, 2013 By David Busch (Greenville, RI) See All My Reviews "Like many a classical music lover The Four Seasons was one of several bread and butter pieces I first became familiar with. Some 46 yrs. ago I made my first acquaintance with it. Over those years I've probably owned and heard more than 30 recordings of it and though publicly this work is over played and over cited as a "favorite" of many a casual music lover its' allure remains. That said even though I've had enough time to develop my opinion of my favorite recordings of this I honestly don't play them much anymore...until I heard Janine Jansen. No kidding; After hearing this I had to ask myself whether it was really possible after so many recordings of this work have been made for a new one to come along and turn my head? Most definitely, YES! It's not just Janine's playing but the whole picture. I must let you know this is a recording of an over played war horse if you will that I can turn to even after all these years and feel its' new again. Don't miss it! I'd call it a desert island Four Seasons." Report Abuse
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