I bought this CD at one of their concerts and I'm almost embarrassed to admit how many times I've listened to it. When I heard this program in person it literally took my breath away. It was a Sunday afternoon at their least prestigious concert venue, and it was absolutely magical. If you watched them play without being able to hear a sound, you'd be charmed and engaged; they look like a rock and roll band going at it dressed in silk and velvet. At the end of the concert we weren't the only people in the audience sitting there gasping for air with goofy grins on our faces and tears in our eyes.
When I heard they were recording it, I thought "too bad they'll never capture the passion of that performance". And I must admit, I also thought "the world does *not* need another recording of this repertoire". I'm delighted to report that I was wrong on both counts. I have several different recordings of The Seasons, and this is by far my favorite. Better than Hogwood, better than Zubin Mehta and Isaac Stern; better than them all. It gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.
We have got a world-class baroque orchestra in Cleveland; a gem that deserves to be heard and appreciated far and wide. Amazon, please post clips that other nonbelievers may hear and believe! In the mean time, trust me...try this. I know, I don't like to spend real money on an unknown either. But try it this one time. You won't be sorry.