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5.0 out of 5 stars Kremer dazzles through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, 1 July 2002
This review is from: Vivaldi/Piazzola: Eight Seasons (Audio CD)
This release isn't going to go down in history for the Vivaldi set, but as far as recordings of Piazzolla go, it doesn't get much better than this. Gidon Kremer and his brilliant, youthful ensemble style the tangos with lashings of vibrant energy and passion; Kremer's violin playing is a treat, capricious and witty at times, resplendent in its uniquely singing tone at others.
The cunning juxtaposition of 18th- and 20th-century 'Seasons' also brings to our attention the similarities - Piazzolla was clearly influenced by Vivaldi's vigorous, brazen harmonic progressions, and he infuzes them with exotic sounds and the most sexy, infectious rhythms. I just wished I had an Argentine girl at my elbow to whisk onto the dance floor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seasons change, 21 Feb 2011
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Vivaldi/Piazzola: Eight Seasons (Audio CD)
Anyone these days who decides to add to the heaving shelves of recordings of Vivaldi`s perennial calling-card needs to have a damn good reason for doing so. That or a new slant on things. The Four Seasons has, due to its over-use in ads, as well as on a million answer-phones, become the most hackneyed piece of music in the world - along with Pachelbel`s ubiquitous Canon & Albinoni`s unavoidable Adagio. What is it about the lighter baroque repertoire?
Luckily, the enterprising Gidon Kremer, accompanied by his punningly-named group, has come up with an idea so daring and yet, when you hear it, so apt, that I can only surrender in relief and gratitude. Here we have more abrasive, overtly expressive readings of the Seasons than we tend to be fobbed off with - sorry, I mean given. After each Season, we are presented with one of tango composer-musician virtuoso Astor Piazzolla`s `Four Seasons of Buenos Aires`. And, do you know, you can barely hear the join, so aptly do they `fit in`. I can`t help thinking that, once Vivaldi had got over his initial mild attack of apoplexy, he would have applauded such a happy juxtaposition. I certainly do, though it does help that I love tango music more than I can say.
There are times - rare, I`ll admit - when I need to hear Vivaldi`s much-abused yet wholly innocent masterpiece, and this is the version I shall turn to, giving me a respite from so much baroque bounciness (the Comments section is below, for your convenience) by the inclusion of Piazzolla`s own tribute from even warmer climes.
Well-packaged - even including a poem by the great Joseph Brodsky, called Clouds, in both Russian & English - this is inventive, innovative music making which refreshes the seasons, and the Seasons, in ways that most other recordings can`t or won`t reach.
Lovely music, dancingly played. Enormous fun.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Priest meets composer for Scarlet Women, 26 Jan 2005
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Dobester (Istanbul, Turkey) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Vivaldi/Piazzola: Eight Seasons (Audio CD)
Gidon Kremer has long championed the dancehall/whorehouse music of Astor Piazzolla, and in this disc he combines this (guilty?) pleasure with another of his hobbies, the creation of clever combinations of very different types of music. In this disc, he interweaves Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Piazzolla's to superb effect. The result casts Vivaldi's music in a new light, while persuasively demonstrating that Piazzolla's music is most definitely contemporary classical, as worthy of serious consideration as that of John Adams, Philip Glass or Gavin Bryars.
Kremer and his house band, Kremerata Baltica, deliver brilliant performances, and the recordings are faultless. A surprising gem of a disc, and one that could push you toward other music by Piazzolla by Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma and other "serious" musicians.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure, enjoy!, 17 Sep 2013
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F. Trolia Slamic "abstinent sommelier" (Buenos Aires, Argentina) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Vivaldi/Piazzola: Eight Seasons (Audio CD)
Great interpretations, though an awkward mix of seasons in the track layout and cover art... but hey, enjoy! xx xx
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