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Fabio Biondi is one of the most important and influential figures of the Baroque period-instrument movement. Born in Palermo, he made his concerto debut with the RAI Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve, and gave his first recital on a Baroque violin in Vienna’s Musikverein when he was sixteen. He went on to work with such distinguished groups as Musica Antiqua Wien, La Chapelle ... Read more in Amazon's Fabio Biondi Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B000027OWU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Four Seasons: Spring: Allegro
2. The Four Seasons: Spring: Largo e pianissimo
3. The Four Seasons: Spring: Danza pastorale. Allegro
4. The Four Seasons: Summer: Allegro
5. The Four Seasons: Summer: Adagio
6. The Four Seasons: Summer: Tempo impetuoso d'Estate
7. The Four Seasons: Autumn: Allegro
8. The Four Seasons: Autumn: Adagio
9. The Four Seasons: Autumn: La Caccia
10. The Four Seasons: Winter: Allegro non molto
11. The Four Seasons: Winter: Largo
12. The Four Seasons: Winter: Allegro
13. Concerto in C major, RV 171: Allegro
14. Concerto in C major, RV 171: Largo
15. Concerto in C major, RV 171: Allegro non molto
16. Concerto Per Archi, 'Conca', RV 163: Allegro molto marcato
17. Concerto Per Archi, 'Conca', RV 163: Andante
18. Concerto Per Archi, 'Conca', RV 163: Allegro Molto

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FSSILVA on 28 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Unique versions of some Vivaldi works, superbly performed by experts - Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante. Very, very good! This is a "must have"!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Othon Leon on 27 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the best interpretation of this classic baroque work. The way it is performed would be applauded by Antonio Vivaldi himself. I had not heard a reproduction of the Four Seasons with the energy displayed in this album. If you are to have one album of this work, this is the one... get it.
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I got fed up with Vivaldi's Four Seasons long ago - it is so over exposed and so often played a bit mechanically. Then I heard an excerpt from this disc on an internet radio station (Venice Classical Music) and I was entranced and wanted to hear more. So I bought the CD. I was not disappointed!

This performance brings more expression and feeling to this music than I have ever heard before, and it makes a rather jaded musical experience feel fresh and new again. I love it!
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By Stephen Thompson on 15 Jan. 2013
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I bought this cd on the recommendation of some remarks made on the net. It is good and just I would like to hear it. But there are so many versions to choose from..........
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bizarre for the sake of being bizarre 17 Aug. 2006
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Are Bondi and Europa Galante just bored with "The Four Seasons"? They sure sound like it sometimes.

I am all for musicians taking interpretive liberties but that doesn't mean all of those interpretive liberties will be successful. This recording by Bondi and Europa Galante is simply very strange and I think it's mostly unsuccessful. Let's take the 3rd movement of the "Summer" -- the ritornello theme is played like the musicians are exasperated with it. And I'd say the same thing about much of the "Spring." Bondi is so bent on eccentricity that he plays passages so fast (take the solo passages from the 3rd mvt of the "Winter" -- please!) that he simply can't play the notes any more in even somewhat accurate fashion. I listened to some of the other Op 8 concerti in the same group of performances by Bondi and think they have the same characteristics as the Four Seasons.

For balance, I do want to say that the 1st and 2nd movements of the "Winter" are terrific. Bondi's eccentricities here yield an original result that is -- for once -- evocative and affecting (instead of being intellectual and wearying). The harpsichord flourishes in the 1st mvt work together with the accelerated tempo in the opening ritornello to create a genuinely menacing mood.

Ok, so you have 2 really good tracks here. Many CDs can't boast that. Maybe buy it if this is your 4th recording of this piece.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Confident & Inventive 12 Mar. 2007
By Andrew Mayzak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To begin, my taste runs more toward historical accuracy than grandeur. Too often, the Four Seasons is slowed down and interpreted by Romanticists with an oversized orchestra. I bought this recording because it is played on Baroque instruments, by a Barqoue-sized orchestra, at Baroque tempi. (If you prefer a slower rendition, the EMI recording with Itzhak Perlman and the London Philharmonic is an excellent choice.)

Biondi's musicianship on the violin, while idiosyncratic, is in line with what one might have heard in early 18th century Italy- florid cadenzas, sudden tempo changes, deeply controlled vibrato, and he brings some of the strangest sounds out of the violin I have ever heard. He's good and he knows it.

The Europa Galante is steeped in Baroque architecturalism; there is a structure and order to their playing and they bring out the symmetrical logic in Vivaldi's music while breathing new life into the often abused work. Their playing is crisp, bright, and tenacious, especially the harpsichord. The orchestra is good... and, like Biondi, they know it.

To be clear, this is not a perfect recording: the performers are so confident that they are reckless. There are sour notes, places where Biondi loses the orchestra, and an excess of liberties taken with the score. But Vivaldi wrote the Four Seasons to showcase a virtuoso violinist and orchestra... both of whom would have arrogantly pushed the limits of the score to show off their talent. To that end, Biondi and his orchestra have succeeded, meanwhile creating a fresh, involved, and energized rendition of the Four Seasons that puts most (if not all) of the other recordings to shame for not tackling Vivaldi with more confidence. Even if it's not your favorite, it belongs in your collection.

The sound quality is excellent: there is no static or hiss on the high notes and the dynamic range of the sound is incredibly high. As a warning to those who might prefer more backspace in the sound, the orchestra is recorded VERY closely and you can occasionally hear breathing and/or pages being turned.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A set to give a varied taste. 27 Aug. 2014
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I must confess that Biondi and Europa Galante's 'Four Seasons', be it this 1991 Opus 111 version or the later Virgin Classics version, are not my 'top' favourites.
That said, I would still heartily recommend this set over the later Virgin Classics set, and to those who probably would like to listen to Vivaldi's most popular work as a sort of 'quasi-classic' music, and that I guess is what was in the mind of Fabio Biondi when he and his band approached this music.
Very much unlike Pina Camirelli and Il Musici (my top favourite set), Biondi took much more liberta in the rhythm and the dynamics. The result is that the music some times sounds a bit wayward, but the effect is also highly 'descriptive'. The four seasons are thus turned into some sort of 'background music', or, in a more sophisticated term, tonal poetry.
Generally speaking I agree with Biondi's variations in mood. What is not so agreeable is the wayward rythm in which i am not fully convinced that Vivaldi himself would adopt. For instance, the first movement of 'Summer' is way too languid, almost hypnotic, almost like an extended movement linked up with the second.
it is in instances such as these that I find it difficult to award this album 5 full stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very good but not in the top bracket 26 Feb. 2010
By J. TIMMERMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine version of the Four Seasons. Not as good as Sonatori Della Gioisa Marca's or Venice Baroque Orchestra's but exciting just the same. There are a few minor eccentricities a la Biondi, particularly in Winter, but also pleasing sonic touches, and the ensemble playing is very good indeed. Far better than their later recording on Virgin, which is quite intolerable with its blatant romanticism. It's a pity the concert hall ambience of the recording robs the listener of inner detail. The harpsichord continuo is barely audible. This is chamber music, not concert hall music.
Exhiliarating 29 Jun. 2013
By Bach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Its hard to believe that this piece of Baroque music is now the most popular and well-known piece of "classical" music in the repertoirre. 4 Seasons has been used in my country to sell everything from SUV's to toilet paper. This performance can make you hear the music as if for the first time. I saw Biondi interviewed about his performance and he was concentrating very much on the story and sound effects that Vivaldi put in the music. This WAS program music after all and not musical wallpaper to accompany the wine and cheese at a chic art gallery opening.
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