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  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G67
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This interpretation of Vivaldi's masterwork "Le Quattro Stagioni" confirms the genius of Herbert von Karajan as the leader and guide of a music ensemble. This piece of his work is a tender yet powerful colouring of one of the most played and beloved concert collections in musical history. I am especially excited about the Winter's first piece on this CD; three magical minutes that will make you fall in love with this music forever. Without doubt, I recommend you all to add this "Vivaldi: The Four Seasons"-recording to your music collection; whether you're familiar with the world of baroque music or not. It is a little piece of history that will enrichen both your music shelf and your music experience. BUY IT.
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Still one of the best versions!Played without being authentic.Schwalbe plays with virtuosity
but also with a neutral touch.Many(mostly female)violinists play the pieces in top gear -see
me playing -but this is not the right way and not Vivaldis intention.The contrast which Karajan
adds in the orchestra works very well.Please hear different modern versions and then this old
recording,you will see what I mean.An important release on LP and also a very good version
in the digital age.Recording is a little loud but this is easilly forgiven.The solo violin has warmth
and depth.Highly recommended an a reference since the 1970..
Combined with Albinonis famous adagio and Corellis Christmas concerto makes this disc a
recording reference since the 1970s.Chapeau Schwalbe and Karajan!
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By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 April 2015
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I have wanted to listen to this recording for many years but especially after listening to Karajan and Michel Schwalbe together in their recording of Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra. I have also been a bit of sucker for the cover of the record with it four apples at various stages of growth and decay depending on the seasons.

So what of the performance? I think it is fair to say that it is what you would expect of a Karajan performance of a Baroque piece. The playing of both soloist and orchestra is immaculate and warm and smooth. There is little in the way of "edge" and excitement or ornamentation or inventive harpsichord playing that you would expect from more historically informed practice. However, this is compensated for in some absolutely ravishing sounds that are heart stopping in their absolute beauty. Whatever one's misgivings about the performances' authenticity, you can't help being swept away with the gorgeousness of its execution.

I have other recordings of this work that I would in the final analysis prefer to listen to but seriously, on its own terms its great.
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`Are you sure it's a good idea - this exhibition of Entartete Musik (Degenerate Music) in Munich?' Ernst Hogwood-Blofeld grouched down the phone. Truth to tell, the Number One of SPECTRE (Sinister Period-Practice Enacted to Counter Traditional Readings Everlastingly) was somewhat flustered as he spoke: his personal assistant, Sandra Piau, was standing next to his desk and ready to take dictation by hand.

`Of course it is,' Father Melchizedek OP, the High Priest of Period Practice and Chaplain of SPECTRE, replied back shrilly in falsetto. `People must be shown the light whether they like it or not. And for them to understand what light is, they must glimpse the dark. That means the contagion of Karajanism!'

`What makes you think anyone will attend this event?'

`Number One, as you know, any performance which is not historically informed is now contraband. Much of it has been confiscated and sent to the incinerator. The masses will attend, if only from a sense of the macabre!'

`Yes yes, that's all very interesting. Now look: something has just come up, padre! I have to go. Just make it work! I don't want any mess left behind! Opphs!'

The line went dead. The cleric turned to his trusty manservant.

`Well Cato, this is going to be my finest hour. What an array of degenerate filth I have assembled. People need to understand that if they don't like hearing Bach being played on the harpsichord, they don't like Bach at all. Accordingly I have assembled some of the most hyper-romantic readings on the market: Richter, Kempff, Weissenberg and Backhaus. Glenn Ghoul will also be represented - poor delusional fool that he was!
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I didn't even know about this recording and it has become one of my favorite of the "Four Seasons". I'd also very highly recommend Anne-Sophie Mutter's recording on DG.
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