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Vivaldi & Piazzolla: The Four Seasons / Steinbacher, Munich Chamber Orchestra

Release Date: 06/19/2020 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186746  
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiAstor Piazzolla
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Star violinist Arabella Steinbacher presents Antonio Vivaldi’s world-famous Four Seasons alongside Astor Piazzolla’s Cuatro estaciones porteñas, creating a lively combination of baroque and tango. The enormous popularity of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons tends to make us forget the original and ground-breaking nature of these violin concertos. Coupling them with Piazzolla’s tango-inspired Four Seasons of Buenos Aires makes both pieces sound fresher than ever before, thanks to Steinbacher’s personal engagement with the repertoire and the inspired accompaniment of the Münchener Kammerorchester. Piazzolla’s music is performed here in a new arrangement for violin and string orchestra by Peter von Wienhardt, whose Strauss song arrangements Read more on Steinbacher’s previous album Aber der Richtige ... (2018) were extensively praised by the press.

Arabella Steinbacher, a multiple award-winner with an extensive PENTATONE discography, is accompanied by the players of the Münchener Kammerorchester, who make their PENTATONE debut.



Both soloist and ensemble approach the contrasting styles – baroque energy and bluesy Latin passion – with supple mastery, bows biting into strings, rhythms accentuated, mood at times aggressive. Vivaldi’s Summer, with its rushing storms and prickly, insect-ridden heat, sounds more than usually wild, with Steinbacher fearless in the rapid, high-flying outbursts. What a player.

– Observer (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Las estaciones porteñas (4) by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967-1970; Argentina 

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