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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Loveday, Marriner, Asmf


Release Date: 05/09/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000662702   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alan LovedayNeil BlackCelia NicklinMartin Gatt,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the finest Four Seasons ever put on disc, which in stylish freshness (Alan Loveday in superb form) puts many of the period-instrument versions in the shade. 'I have never enjoyed Vivaldi so much,' said the original Gramophone review, and I can go along with that. This reappeared not long ago as one of the 'Penguin Classics', but is now made the more enticing by the inclusion of three more hand-picked Vivaldi concertos which are hardly less winning or more appealingly played.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [5/2000]
One of the finest Four Seasons ever put on disc, which in stylish freshness (Alan Loveday in superb form) puts many of the period-instrument versions in the shade. 'I have never enjoyed Vivaldi so much,' said the original Gramophone review, and I can go along with that. This reappeared not long ago as one of the 'Penguin Classics', but is now made the more enticing by the inclusion of three more hand-picked Vivaldi concertos which are hardly less winning or more appealingly played.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [5/2000]
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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:  Alan Loveday (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
2. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alan Loveday (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
3. Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alan Loveday (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
4. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alan Loveday (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
5. Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alan Loveday (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
6. Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Neil Black (Oboe), Celia Nicklin (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
7. Concerto for Bassoon in A minor, RV 498 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Martin Gatt (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
8. Concerto for Piccolo in C major, RV 443 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  William Bennett (Piccolo)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera": 1. Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera": 2. Largo
Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera": 3. Allegro (Danza pastorale)
Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate": 1. Allegro non molto - Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate": 2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate": 3. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate)
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno": 1. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de' villanelli)
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno": 2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti)
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno": 3. Allegro (La caccia)
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno": 1. Allegro non molto
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno": 2. Largo
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno": 3. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Oboes, Strings and Continuo in D minor, R.535 - Performing Edition by Christopher Hogwood: 1. Largo - Allegro
Concerto for 2 Oboes, Strings and Continuo in D minor, R.535 - Performing Edition by Christopher Hogwood: 2. Largo
Concerto for 2 Oboes, Strings and Continuo in D minor, R.535 - Performing Edition by Christopher Hogwood: 3. Allegro molto
Bassoon Concerto in A minor, R.498 - Performing Edition by Christopher Hogwood: 1. Allegro (ma molto moderato)
Bassoon Concerto in A minor, R.498 - Performing Edition by Christopher Hogwood: 2. Larghetto
Bassoon Concerto in A minor, R.498 - Performing Edition by Christopher Hogwood: 3. Allegro
Flautino Concerto in C, R.443 - Performing Edition by Christopher Hogwood: 1. Allegro
Flautino Concerto in C, R.443 - Performing Edition by Christopher Hogwood: 2. Largo
Flautino Concerto in C, R.443 - Performing Edition by Christopher Hogwood: 3. Allegro molto

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