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Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Nigel Kennedy, Berliner Philharmoniker


Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 6027665  
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
Conductor:  Nigel Kennedy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members

Length: 0 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Nigel Kennedy has his first name back for this Vivaldi remake, and in every respect it is a serious and very well done project, a huge improvement over his bizarre first recording with its strange cadenzas and interpolations. In the birdsong imitations of Spring's first movement his playing has character without exaggeration, and in the slow movements he limits his vibrato in homage to the period-instrument folks. Historical performance practice also informs the very fast opening movement of Autumn, but happily not the largo of Winter, which often sounds frantic at theoretically "authentic" tempos. In all four concertos the finales are very satisfying, Summer's storm having bite but again not the almost hysterical Read more exaggeration that some groups bring to it, and Autumn's rustic dances recall the scherzo of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony."

-- David Hurwitz, 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
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 36 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Nigel Kennedy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Nigel Kennedy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Nigel Kennedy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Nigel Kennedy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/ Spring) RV 269 (Op. 8 No. 1): I. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/ Spring) RV 269 (Op. 8 No. 1): I. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/ Spring) RV 269 (Op. 8 No. 1): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/ Spring) RV 269 (Op. 8 No. 1): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/ Spring) RV 269 (Op. 8 No. 1): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/ Spring) RV 269 (Op. 8 No. 1): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor (L'estate/ Summer) RV315 (Op. 8 No. 2): I. Allegro non molto - Allegro - (Allegro non molto)
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor (L'estate/ Summer) RV315 (Op. 8 No. 2): I. Allegro non molto - Allegro - (Allegro non molto)
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor (L'estate/ Summer) RV315 (Op. 8 No. 2): II. Adagio
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor (L'estate/ Summer) RV315 (Op. 8 No. 2): II. Adagio
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor (L'estate/ Summer) RV315 (Op. 8 No. 2): III. Presto
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor (L'estate/ Summer) RV315 (Op. 8 No. 2): III. Presto
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/ Autumn) RV 293 (Op. 8 No. 3): I. Allegro - Larghetto - Allegro assai
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/ Autumn) RV 293 (Op. 8 No. 3): I. Allegro - Larghetto - Allegro assai
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/ Autumn) RV 293 (Op. 8 No. 3): II. Adagio molto
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/ Autumn) RV 293 (Op. 8 No. 3): II. Adagio molto
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/ Autumn) RV 293 (Op. 8 No. 3): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/ Autumn) RV 293 (Op. 8 No. 3): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F minor (L'inverno/ Winter) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4): I. Allegro non molto
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F minor (L'inverno/ Winter) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4): I. Allegro non molto
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F minor (L'inverno/ Winter) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F minor (L'inverno/ Winter) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F minor (L'inverno/ Winter) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4): III. Allegro - Lento - (Allegro)
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F minor (L'inverno/ Winter) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4): III. Allegro - Lento - (Allegro)

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