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Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni/The Four Seasons [CD]

Wiener Philharmoniker, Anne-Sophie Mutter Audio CD
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  • Performer: William Tim Read
  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (5 Nov 1984)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002RMU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 In E (La Primavera/ Spring) RV269 (Op. 8 No. 1): I. Allegro 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 In E (La Primavera/ Spring) RV269 (Op. 8 No. 1): II. Largo 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 In E (La Primavera/ Spring) RV269 (Op. 8 No. 1): III. Allegro 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 In G Minor (L'estate/ Summer) RV315 (Op. 8 No. 2): I. Allegro 5:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 In G Minor (L'estate/ Summer) RV315 (Op. 8 No. 2): II. Adagio 2:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 In G Minor (L'estate/ Summer) RV315 (Op. 8 No. 2): III. Presto 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 In F (L'autunno/ Autumn) RV293 (Op. 8 No. 3): I. Allegro 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 In F (L'autunno/ Autumn) RV293 (Op. 8 No. 3): II. Adagio Molto 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 In F (L'autunno/ Autumn) RV293 (Op. 8 No. 3): III. Allegro 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 In F Minor (L'inverno/ Winter) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4): I. Allegro Non Molto 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 In F Minor (L'inverno/ Winter) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4): II. Largo 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 In F minor (L'inverno/ Winter) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4): III. Allegro 3:120.99  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars First choice on modern instruments 21 Mar 2014
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I would buy and force myself to love this "inauthentic" account of the world's favourite piece of baroque music even if it were not superlative, just to cock a snook at the HIPsters and anti-Karajan brigade.

As it is, I don't have to perform any mental equivocations, as this is so enjoyable and beautifully played that I recommend it as first modern-instrument choice to anyone not wedded to the period mindset. The playing is miraculously warm, in tune and homogeneous, well sprung and energised without being over-Romanticised. The recording quality is so clear that the occasional car accelerating obtrudes through the blooming instrumental sound. The supporting band is not so large, being only 23 strings underpinned by a harpsichord and an organ - and what a rich, luscious sound they make; sample the Presto thunderstorm music from "L'estate" to appreciate their intensity.

The twenty-year-old Mutter is of course a minor miracle of virtuosity, here playing with more élan than when she was first Karajan's protégée. This was the first classical music CD to win a platinum award for sales; it offers fewer than 45 minutes of music and neither the exact recording date nor the location is provided in the skimpy notes - but what does that matter?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant illumination of the Seasons 21 Nov 2013
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It has to be said first that authenticists should run 1,000,000 miles from this recording. It is certainly not authentic either in instrumental in or in style. Having said that it is hugely enjoyable. Soloist and conductor obviously have a great understanding and rhythms are lithe and buoyant. I found this a hugely enjoyable traverse all of this music. And after all that is what music is about!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! 27 Nov 2010
By J. Gibbons TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I must admit I approached this issue with some trepidation as Karajan's reputation as a conductor of baroque music is not great. However, I was very pleasantly surprised and found the music making thoroughly enjoyable. The Vienna strings sound superb and Anne Sophie Mutter's playing is a continual delight. She has a beautiful tone, great technical skill, and blends superbly with the ensemble. Karajan directs fine performances which, although romantic in style, never flag and are full of drama - for example a fine 'storm' movement in 'Summer'.

There are many approaches to Vivaldi's music and Karajan's, although not 'authentic', is thoroughly enjoyable on it's own terms. The recording balance between soloist and orchestra is perfectly judged with neither being dominant. Recording quality is of demonstration standard.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not exceptional 15 Sep 2013
By Stuart
Format:Audio CD
I can't criticise the quality, and it is a great listen, but it's not an exceptional CD.
For the first time listener to the 4 seasons, I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First rate in all respects 7 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
I picked this up on a vinyl LP recently and I think it's superb. One of my favourite recordings of the Four Seasons for years has been the old Barchet/Stuttgart/Munchinger because of the steady speeds throughout and this digital EMI is much the same. Anne-Sophie Mutter is absolutely superb, as is the orchestra and the recording. In fact, I like Karajan now as well (somewhat).
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