Holiday Shop


WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Galway, Zagreb Soloists


Release Date: 03/08/1991 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 60748   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  James Galway
Conductor:  James Galway
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 44 Mins. 

Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

At one level it is a virtuoso display that has one breathless, but there are genuine revelations from having the timbre of the flute in this music.

The distinctiveness of the flute version with James Galway as soloist needs no underlining. Both at the Royal Festival Hall and on television with these same players he has amply demonstrated the genuinely artistic results he can achieve. He has been quoted as saying that he plays "much more like a string player than a woodwind player", and certainly he copes amazingly well with the most unlikely demisemiquaver passage work that requires feats of tonguing that would have been out of the question in the seventeenth century. In any case he makes no claims on
Read more authenticity; at one level it is a virtuoso display that has one breathless, but there are genuine revelations from having the timbre of the flute in this music. Arguably the bird imitations are the more naturalistic, and certainly I relish the clear forecast of Gluck's Elysian Fields that you get in the slow movement of the last concerto, when as here Vivaldi's lovely melody over pizzicato accompaniment is played on the flute.

-- Gramophone [2/1977, reviewing the original LP release]
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  James Galway
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  James Galway
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  James Galway
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  James Galway
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  James Galway
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Allegro
Largo
Allegro
Allegro non molto
Adagio
Presto
Allegro
Adagio molto
Allegro
Allegro non molto
Largo
Allegro

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In