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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
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
Works on This Recording
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Jeanne Lamon (Violin)
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy
Date of Recording: 12/1991
Venue: Humbercrest United Church, Toronto
I. Allegro. Il capraro che dorme
III. Allegro - Danza pastorale
I. Allegro non molto. Languideza per il caldo
III. Presto. Tempo impetuoso d'Estate
I. Allegro. Ballo e Canto di Villanelli
II. Adagio molto. Ubriachi dormienti
Adagio molto - Allegro ma non poco from Sinfonia in B minor, RV 169 "Al Santo Sepolcro" (At the Holy Grave)
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