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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Double Concertos / Ormandy, Brusilow, Oistrakh, Stern


Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 68961  
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Isaac SternDavid OistrakhAnshel Brusilow
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of original LPs

This is an attractive performance of a work that remains astonishingly fresh and delightful. I don't suppose it will please the purists—some continuo bits filled in with strings, not enough harpsichord anyway, and no doubt somebody will complain about ornamentation—but at this price the record is obviously intended for a wide public and the important thing is that Brusilow and the Philadelphia strings present the music in a most engaging way.
Anshel Brusilow is a new name to me. He is a most accomplished player and, with Ormandy, gives a vivid and musical performance, very well recorded. The lively movements are robust, the slow ones are beautifully played.
In case any
Read more reader hasn't yet heard these extraordinarily delightful concertos and is the sort who isn't normally attracted by early eighteenth-century music anyway, I do urge him to risk so small a sum on a record of The Four Seasons.

-- F. T.H., Gramophone [7/1962]

"We are so accustomed nowadays to Vivaldi being played by specialist groups such as the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the ECO, I Musici and others that we have almost forgotten how the music was played before the Vivaldi revival really gathered momentum. There is no lack of panache and virtuosity in these accounts recorded by Stern and Oistrakh whose playing roused Denis Stevens's enthusiasm on the disc's first appearance. "It really does make a difference when violinists of the calibre of Oistrakh and Stern combine to play a double concerto... The performances are so fluent and musical that one's attention is held from the first groove to the last". Indeed the violin playing as such will excite the admiration of all aficionados for there is superb brilliance in the outer movements and expressive playing in the inner movements."

-- R.L., Gramophone [10/1975]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Violins in C minor, RV 509 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1959 
Venue:  Columbia 30th St. Studio, New York City 
Length: 9 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D major, RV 512 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1959 
Venue:  Columbia 30th St. Studio, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, RV 514 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1959 
Venue:  Columbia 30th St. Studio, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for 2 Violins in G minor, RV 517 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1959 
Venue:  Columbia 30th St. Studio, New York City 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anshel Brusilow (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1977 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Israel 
6.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anshel Brusilow (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1977 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Israel 
7.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anshel Brusilow (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1977 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Israel 
8.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anshel Brusilow (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1977 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Israel 
9.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anshel Brusilow (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1977 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Israel 

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