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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Marriner, Academy Of Smf


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 466232   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon PrestonAlan LovedayCelia NicklinNeil Black,   ... 
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

Of all of Antonio Vivaldi's compositions, 'The Four Seasons' are arguably his most popular, with the most recordings to prove it. With such a plethora of recordings, it's difficult for just any orchestra to prepare a worthy offering for the crowded market. Luckily, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is not just any orchestra.
Violinist Neville Marriner leads the Academy in a performance that breathes new life into the famous "Seasons", creating sharper contrasts and tighter rhythms in places where it had never occurred to his predecessors. Marriner's crisp solos, which move at record-breaking speed, set the pace for the rest of the violins. And even in the Allegros, they comply with a level of precision that would leave most violin
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The second half of the album features three of Vivaldi's wind concertos, which are presented in a way similar to 'The Four Seasons' in terms of structure and stylistic ideas. The addition of these three concertos proves that even though Vivaldi was a trained violinist, he could write well for other instruments. It's also another way to set this recording apart from others as more than just a run-of-the-mill "Four Seasons" album. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ), Simon Preston (Harpsichord), Alan Loveday (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alan Loveday (Violin), Simon Preston (Organ), Simon Preston (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ), Simon Preston (Harpsichord), Alan Loveday (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ), Alan Loveday (Violin), Simon Preston (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Preston (Harpsichord), Simon Preston (Organ), Alan Loveday (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Celia Nicklin (Oboe), Neil Black (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
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 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 42 Secs. 
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 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  St. John's, Smith Square, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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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