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The Eight Seasons - Vivaldi, Piazzolla / Kremerata Baltica


Release Date: 02/29/2000 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79568   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiAstor Piazzolla
Performer:  Gidon Kremer
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

No, they haven't added four new seasons, it's still just spring, summer, fall, and winter, but in this disc you get to experience them all twice, in two different places at two different times. First, you will indeed hear the familiar 18th Century Venetian spring, courtesy of Antonio Vivaldi. After "La primavera," however, you will hop half way around the world for "Verano porteño," the summer section of 'The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires' by the great Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla, heard here in an orchestral arrangement by Leonid Desyatnikov. Then it's back up north for "L'estate" and south again for "Otoño porteño" as the inspirations of the Red Priest and the master of the bandoneon are interwoven throughout. This programming Read more offers an interesting contrast in moods and attitudes, with the Vivaldi generally more bracing, especially in these quick and alert performances, and the Piazzolla more laid back and wistful, not lingering, but full of the bittersweet nostalgia so characteristic of his music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Peter & Paul Church, Sauerland, Germany 
2. Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Peter & Paul Church, Sauerland, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Peter & Paul Church, Sauerland, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Peter & Paul Church, Sauerland, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Peter & Paul Church, Sauerland, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6. Las estaciones porteñas (4): Verano porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Peter & Paul Church, Sauerland, Germany5 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Leonid Desyatnikov 
7. Las estaciones porteñas (4): Otoño porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Peter & Paul Church, Sauerland, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Leonid Desyatnikov 
8. Las estaciones porteñas (4): Invierno porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Peter & Paul Church, Sauerland, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Leonid Desyatnikov 
9. Las estaciones porteñas (4): Primavera porteña by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Peter & Paul Church, Sauerland, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Leonid Desyatnikov 

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