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4 Seasons [Original recording reissued]

Vivaldi , Il Giardino Armonico Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B000000SPU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Four Seasons: Concerto in E, Op.8/1 RV 269 'Spring': Allergo
2. The Four Seasons: Concerto in E, Op.8/1 RV 269 'Spring': Largo
3. The Four Seasons: Concerto in E, Op.8/1 RV 269 'Spring': Allegro
4. The Four Seasons: Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/2 RV 315 'Summer': Allegro non molta.
5. The Four Seasons: Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/2 RV 315 'Summer': Adagio. Presto
6. The Four Seasons: Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/2 RV 315 'Summer': Presto
7. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Major, Op.8/3 RV 293 'Autumn': Allegro-Allegro Assai
8. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Major, Op.8/3 RV 293 'Autumn': Adagio Molto
9. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Major, Op.8/3 RV 293 'Autumn': Allegro
10. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Minor, Op.8/4 RV 297 'Winter': Allegro Non Molto
11. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Minor, Op.8/4 RV 297 'Winter': Largo
12. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Minor, Op.8/4 RV 297 'Winter': Allegro
13. The Four Seasons: Concerto in D Minor, Op.8/9 RV 454 for Oboe, Strings, Basso Continuo: Allegro
14. The Four Seasons: Concerto in D Minor, Op.8/9 RV 454 for Oboe, Strings, Basso Continuo: Largo
15. The Four Seasons: Concerto in D Minor, Op.8/9 RV 454 for Oboe, Strings, Basso Continuo: Allegro
16. Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/8 RV 332 for Solo Violin, Strings And Basso Continuo: Allegro
17. Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/8 RV 332 for Solo Violin, Strings And Basso Continuo: Largo
18. Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/8 RV 332 for Solo Violin, Strings And Basso Continuo: Allegro

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic enterpretation! 4 Oct 2011
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There have been numerous interpretations of this great and very famous piece of music from the Italian composer Vivaldi. Most of them too wrapped in grandiose orchestral textures, so that the intimate details of this stunning chamber music gets lost. Too many versions that - even worse - sounds a bit like muzak and so on, which in my opinion have given many people the wrong idea about this great music, as something nice enough for background music...

The Italian ensemble Il Giadino Armonico have fortunately, with their great insight into this music, given us a - dare I say - definite version of The Four Seasons, so rich in atmosphere and beauty, so musical and exiting - with all the nearness and details, combined with a great `nerve' and edge, which makes this music really come alive.
Great production too - this sound is impeccable - rest assure that this version will grow on you and that you will discover many musical details you never heard before in this music. This is musicianship of the highest standard.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars unusual, excellent Vivaldi 5 April 2002
By new music guy - Published on Amazon.com
Given that this is one of the most popular works of classical music of all time, I'd heard Vivaldi's 4 Seasons so often that I had no interest in hearing them again. Ever. But when I got this disc as a gift and popped it in, I was pleasantly surprised. This recording, despite being played on period instruments, is not for baroque purists. The dynamic contrasts are incredible, but tend to be on the hacking side in the louder sections. The group freely moves back and forth between ponticello and tasto, and many of the tempi are absurdly fast or slow compared to your average performance. Many of the movements have little gimmicks, most of which are interesting, but unsuccessful, such as the "barking dog" in the slow movement of Spring, an accurate description from a reviewer below. Onofri's violin solos are technically excellent, though occasionally gritty and often rhythmically quirky... the end result is that I love this music again, a change for the better. For an introduction to Vivaldi or period instrument performances, stay away. For a 4 Seasons that will revitalize you and forever alter the way you conceive of the piece, this is an essential recording.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 24 Oct 2001
By Jonathan J. Casey - Published on Amazon.com
This is, above all, my favorite recording of "The Four Seasons." If you've heard that Il Giardino Armonico is a ground-breaking ensemble, the proof is in this CD. Enrico Onofri's violin solos are stunningly articulate and nuanced, and the small ensemble makes an unexpectedly big noise. The continuo is varied (bassoon, cello, theorbo, organ, harpsichord) which lends this rendition a deep texture not found in most recordings. My only complaint is that the viola "barking dog" in the slow movement of "Spring" is far too harsh. On the other hand, the opening of "Winter" is played in such an odd and spooky way that, once you hear it, you'll never be satisfied with the status quo again. This disc has been out-of-print for awhile. Ignore the cheesy cover, pick it up now ..., and have yourself a foot-stomping good time.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic Passion 10 Jun 2007
By Biberfan - Published on Amazon.com
Historically, we need to understand where this recording came from... I'm not talking about the history of Vivaldi, per se, but of modern recordings of his 4 seasons.

Nigel Kennedy started it... with his 1989 recording on modern instruments. This interpretation is a reaction to that. It was the first on period instruments to match Kennedy's creativity and intensity. It's darker, however, and here the whole ensemble is involved ,not just the soloist.

Onofri is my favorite violinist.

The 2nd recording by Biondi with Europa galante is my favorite 4 seasons. But this is nonetheless a good recording and interpretation. I own quite a few... everything this ensemble touches glitters... and this is no exception.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivaldi is more than the Four Seasons 12 Nov 2002
By Anthony3608 - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone buying this CD for the great Il Giardino Armonico interperation of the Four Seasons will have their expectations exceeded. At track 13 be prepared for a surprise. Vivaldi wrote many pieces that are even more beautiful than the Four Seasons and this is one of the most compelling. This version of Op 8/No 9, RV 454 is a truly special composition. In this CD we hear the oboe version. In the Op 8, volume 2 CD we hear the same composition (and listed as RV 236) played with the violin. I would buy both CD's just for this piece alone! The oboe version is calm and assured while the violin version contrasts by being delicate and refined. I'm absolutely blown away by the sublime key and abrubt tempo changes in the first allegro movement. These sounds are one more example of the truly world class and mesmerizing musical effect of Vivaldi and Il Giardino Armonico.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only 4 Seasons you'll ever need 9 Jan 2007
By The Daily Prophet - Published on Amazon.com
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I've loved this recording since it first came out. Il Giradino Armonico is one of the few groups that actually "gets" how Vivaldi was meant to sound. There are people who like their dried up, 19th and 20th century reinterpretations of Vivaldi. But for the full-bodied Venetian kick Vivadi intended, this is the recording you want. I own several versions of the 4 seasons, including one played entirely on Japanese Kotos. It's great music. But played by Il Giradino Armonico? It's fabulous, passionate, rollicking, moving music! I've given this album to numerous friends, most of whom think Classical music, or Vivaldi, is just a waste of time. Everyone always comes back to tell me "I just didn't know music could be as powerful and beautiful as this!" The performances on this album fully lives up to dramatic CD cover art. And the fact there's a couple extra Vivaldi concertos on the CD, bringing the playing time to just over an hour, means you get plenty of bang for your buck as well!
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