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DON'T DO IT !
- You are likely to have grown away from each other rather than grown towards each other. The reality cannot live up to the memory.
Happily these maxims doesn't apply to my relationship with Vivaldi's Four Seasons. All thanks to this wonderful recording.
I heard of this release through an article in a hi-fi magazine, in which the author waxed lyrical about both the equipment he was reviewing and the extraodinary musicality of this cd. Still, I was apprehensive about buying this cd because, like many others, this piece was my introduction to classical music. I can still recall the thrill of listening to I Musici's Phillips recording both on disc and tape in the 1970's - a real departure from the rock/pop music I was weaned on.
Since then I have discovered many joys in the world of classical music but the memory of my first proper encounter stayed with me, despite the music being both popular and popularist. I have listened to other interpretations along the way but they have not grabbed me the way my first experience did. And, as with relationships, my feelings for the piece in general have mellowed to an echo of there original fervour.
UNTIL NOW !
My apprehension was heightened by the pop/rock packaging of the work but I need not have bothered because the contents are so wonderful.
I do not have the skill or technical/critical vocabulary neccessary to describe the artistry which appears on this recording but I've found it profoundly enthralling.
So, if you, like me, loved the Four Seasons and have not found a way back to the thrill of those first encounters.....Try this offering ! It should, as it did in me, rekindle those emotions and feelings your dared not revisit.
No mean feat when you consider that it needs first to overcome the spectre of your first love.