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Vivaldi: 4 Seasons; Rebel: Elements / Seiler, AAM Berlin

Vivaldi / Rebel / Seiler / Akademie Fur Alte Musik
Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902061  
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiJean-Féry Rebel
Performer:  Midori Seiler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The reading is a curious hybrid: though the Akademie honors the period-instrument world’s current fascination with assertiveness, it also takes ambitious textural and interpretive liberties.... Not only does the ensemble incorporate a double bass, for example, but it also uses the instrument to magnify the dramatic thunderstorm passages in “Spring” and “Summer” and the breaking of the ice in “Winter.” When the hunters catch their quarry in the finale of “Autumn,” a snapping string suggests the lethal shot, and the bass pounds home its finality.

Ms. Seiler’s solo line is focused and often sizzling, and she makes a point of adding stylish ornamentation, along with programmatically freewheeling but defensible phrasing ideas.
Read more When the second movement of “Spring” evokes a sleeping goatherd, she gives the solo line an unabashedly dreamy quality. And when Vivaldi’s peasants celebrate, in the finale of “Spring” and, especially, in the first movement of “Autumn,” Ms. Seiler’s rubbery rubbery portamento and casual rhythms suggest alarming levels of inebriation. “Four Seasons” performances have grown increasingly colorful, but even the iconoclastic Nigel Kennedy has not taken it quite so far.

-- Alan Kozinn, The New York Times
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Midori Seiler (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Midori Seiler (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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:  Midori Seiler (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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:  Midori Seiler (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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:  Midori Seiler (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
6.
Les élémens by Jean-Féry Rebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 

Featured Sound Samples

Les élémens (Rebel): III. Chaconne
Violin Concerto "Primavera" (Vivaldi): I. Allegro
Violin Concerto "L'inverno" (Vivaldi): I. Allegro non molto

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 jewel among all seasons January 25, 2013 By Chen C. (Xindian Dist., New Taipei City) See All My Reviews "no matter how many seasons you have...just buy this one..." Report Abuse
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