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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Ehnes, Armstrong, Sydney Symphony

Vivaldi / Tartini / Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 10/09/2015 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4134   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiGiuseppe TartiniJean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  James EhnesAndrew Armstrong
Conductor:  James Ehnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

James Ehnes takes a break from the 19th and 20th century repertoire and has recorded for the first time in his career four of the most famous baroque violin concertos – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the first four works in his set of 12, op8. James also directs the Sydney Symphony.

Vivaldi provided his own sonnets as prefaces to each of the concertos and these are available from the ONYX website.

The Vivaldi is prefaced by two famous violin sonatas – Tartini’s Devils Trill in the skilful arrangement by Fritz Kreisler which is very faithful to the original text, to which Kreisler adds the famous cadenza in the finale.

Leclair, one the few composers to have been murdered, was known as ‘The French
Read more Corelli’. Of his op9 set of 12 sonatas for violin, the third has become the most popular for its ‘Tambourin’ finale, depicting a pipe-and–drum dance with drone effects - all good fun! - Onyx Classics Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  James Ehnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, B g5 "Devil's Trill" by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Andrew Armstrong (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
3.
Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 10 in C major - Tambourin by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Andrew Armstrong (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1734; France 

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