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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik


Release Date: 11/17/1992 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 48251   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jeanne Lamon
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lamon's playing puts expressiveness before virtuosity, and she ornaments freely adding a refreshing touch of spontaneity. In a hugely overcrowded field, Tafelmusik has come up with a winner.

Recordings of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons tend to fall into one of two catagories. There are the star soloist versions, which spotlight the virtuosic, and highly marketable, talents of the big name violinists. And then there are the period instrument versions, in which greater emphasis is put on unusual textures and more authentic performance practice.

This new disc from the Canadian group Tafelmusik is an excellent example of the latter, and a distinctive feature of their recording is their adoption of a pitch roughly a
Read more semitone higher than usual with period groups in line with recent research into common practice in 18th-century Venice. They also make use of an archlute to add variety to the continuo, and the result is a bright, distinctive sound which brings freshness, clarity and variety of texture to the music.

The playing itself is incisive but free of the hard-driven tempi which sometimes mar authentic performances, and is imaginatively allied to the seasonal pictures painted in the sonnets on which the concertos are based (which are included in the CD booklet).

Lamon’s relatively small tone means that her instrument blends in with the ensemble rather than dominating it, highlighting the concerto grosso aspects of the works. Her playing puts expressiveness before virtuosity and is quite beautiful in the slow movements, which she ornaments freely adding a refreshing touch of spontaneity to music which is after all very familiar. In a hugely overcrowded field, Tafelmusik has come up with a winner in these highly satisfying and well-recorded performances, and the Sinfonia and Concerto for Four Violins are pleasing bonuses.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- David Michaels, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jeanne Lamon (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jeanne Lamon (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto 
3.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jeanne Lamon (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto 
4.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jeanne Lamon (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto 
5.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jeanne Lamon (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto 
6.
Sinfonia for Strings in B minor, RV 169 "al Santo Sepolcro" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jeanne Lamon (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto 
7.
Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jeanne Lamon (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Humbercrest United Church, Toronto 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro. Il capraro che dorme
II. Largo
III. Allegro - Danza pastorale
I. Allegro non molto. Languideza per il caldo
II. Adagio e piano
III. Presto. Tempo impetuoso d'Estate
I. Allegro. Ballo e Canto di Villanelli
II. Adagio molto. Ubriachi dormienti
III. Allegro. La Caccia
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Adagio molto - Allegro ma non poco from Sinfonia in B minor, RV 169 "Al Santo Sepolcro" (At the Holy Grave)
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro

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