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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus


Release Date: 05/11/1993 
Label:  Teldec Das Alte Werk Catalog #: 91851   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alice Harnoncourt
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is stabbing, gut-Vivaldi. By using small forces and treating the violin virtually as a member of the ensemble, Harnoncourt brings out just what an avant-garde figure the musical ‘Red Priest’ was in his day . The result is a far cry from more populist four-seasonal mush. He offers not four, but six, of the dozen Op. 8 concertos – and the extra pair is worth hearing.

-- Roderic Dunnett, BBC Music Magazine
This is stabbing, gut-Vivaldi. By using small forces and treating the violin virtually as a member of the ensemble, Harnoncourt brings out just what an avant-garde figure the musical ‘Red Priest’ was in his day . The result is a far cry from more populist four-seasonal mush. He offers not four, but six, of the dozen Op. 8 concertos – and the extra pair is worth hearing.

-- Roderic Dunnett, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alice Harnoncourt (Violin)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alice Harnoncourt (Violin)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alice Harnoncourt (Violin)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alice Harnoncourt (Violin)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
5.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alice Harnoncourt (Violin)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Violin in E flat major, Op. 8 no 5/RV 253 "La tempesta di mare" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alice Harnoncourt (Violin)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
7.
Concerto for Violin in C major, Op. 8 no 6/RV 180 "Il piacere" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alice Harnoncourt (Violin)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Top of the Line Performance January 25, 2013 By Christopher F. (Halifax, NS) See All My Reviews "This is quite simply the best performance of The Four Seasons I have ever heard, whether live or recorded. As (nearly) always, Concentus Musicus combines fantastically tight discipline with enormous energy, and the effect is stunning. There is also a beautiful balance between soloist and ensemble. If you haven't got it, do so! (I got it a month ago, and I still can't get the hunting music from Autumn out of my head.)" Report Abuse
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