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Baroque Esprit - Vivaldi: Four Seasons / Maier, Collegium Aureum


Release Date: 07/11/2000 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77424   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Franzjosef MaierWerner Neuhaus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Aureum
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons was well received on the continent a short while back—no small achievement when competition and rival versions are so prolific... The present Four Seasons is recorded with a resonance which affords a clarity and a sonority from which old instruments much benefit. The soloist, Franzjosef Maier, is a fine violinist and, for the most part, does riot over-indulge his often pronounced predilection for romance. Occasionally, intonation and ensemble are scrappy, particularly, for example, in the finale of "Winter". The picturesque qualities in Vivaldi's score, often specific, are under- rather than over-done though the performances are not without excitement—the finale of Read more "Summer" is very effective... I found it thoroughly musicianly and would place it in an elevated position in an alarmingly over-subscribed league-table.

-- Gramophone [10/1979]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Franzjosef Maier (Violin), Werner Neuhaus (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Aureum
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
2. Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Franzjosef Maier (Violin), Werner Neuhaus (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Aureum
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
3. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Werner Neuhaus (Violin), Franzjosef Maier (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Aureum
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
4. Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Franzjosef Maier (Violin), Werner Neuhaus (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Aureum
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
5. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Franzjosef Maier (Violin), Werner Neuhaus (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Aureum
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:  Werner Neuhaus (Violin), Franzjosef Maier (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Aureum
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:  Franzjosef Maier (Violin), Werner Neuhaus (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Aureum
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 

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