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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Violin Concertos Rv 375, Rv 277 Il Favorito, Rv 271 L'amoroso

Vivaldi / Philharmonia Baroque Orch / Mcgegan
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Philharmonia Baroque (Label)   Catalog #: 3   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


You’re right, the world probably doesn’t need yet another Four Seasons, but if it did, this new production from the newly launched house label from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra would definitely justify its existence by the effervescent, crisp, technically assured playing of violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock and the equally vibrant, articulate orchestral ensemble. Back in the late 1980s I received a recording from an orchestra’s newly launched label—interestingly the orchestra was another "Philharmonia", the Philharmonia Virtuosi—and the repertoire was, you guessed it, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. I had the same reaction then: do we need another version of this over-recorded warhorse? But it
Read more turned out to be one of the more exciting things I’d heard in months, and the recording propelled the orchestra and its new label to happy success for the next decade or so.

Blumenstock and the Philharmonia Baroque inject these familiar pieces with exceptional dynamism and dramatic force, but without resorting to anything vulgar or cheap. This is honest music-making, allowing us to hear these works as just great, virtuosic violin concertos—and if you doubt their ability to still excite, just listen to the opening Allegro of “L’estate” RV 315, or to the Presto of the same work. Hopefully the fortunes of that earlier Philharmonia Virtuosi release will translate to the same result for this first-rate orchestra, conductor, and soloist. Bravo!

– David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, RV 325 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
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:  Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 11 no 2/RV 277 "Il favorito" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Venice, Italy 
7.
Concerto for Violin in E major, RV 271 "L'amoroso" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
8.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

La Primavera: Allegro
La Primavera: Largo
La Primavera: Allegro
L'estate: Allegro non molto
L'estate: Adagio
L'estate: Presto
L'autunno: Allegro
L'autunno: Adagio Molto
L'autunno: Allegro
L'inverno: Allegro non molto
L'inverno: Largo
L'inverno: Allegro
Concerto in B-Flat: Allegro
Concerto in B-Flat: Largo
Concerto in B-Flat: Allegro
Il Favorito: Allegro
Il Favorito: Andante
Il Favorito: Allegro
L'amoroso: Allegro
L'amoroso: Adagio cantabile
L'amoroso: Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 Brilliant November 22, 2011 By Frederick Hecht (Scottsdale, AZ) See All My Reviews "Hard to beat! The Philharmonia Baroque under Nic McMegan performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons and more as music of the finest quality for all seasons." Report Abuse
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