Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Giuliano Carmignola)

Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Giuliano Carmignola)

Amazon.com: You’re moaning to yourself, “Yet another Four Seasons?” But this disc, believe it or not, is actually worth hearing. Violinist Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra use a slightly different scoring of Vivaldi’s masterpiece, the 1996 Ricordi critical edition, and somehow unveil world premieres of three Vivaldi concertos. Their period-instrument performance of Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons is beautifully played and recorded. Andrea Marcon’s conducting stretches the Adagio movements out, but the group makes up for lost time in some feverish Allegro sections. Carmignola’s tone is impeccable and his playing sounds incredibly fresh throughout, even on this tried-and-true work. Does the ensemble’s Italian background help their understanding of Vivaldi’s music (as the liner notes surmise)? Probably not, but they’ve done their homework on these pieces, and they put plenty of drama into their performances. The violin concertos they dust off are impressive as well, especially for the deft fiddling required in RV 376 (Concerto in B-flat Major) and the pretty organ playing by Marcon. This is a great disc–no fancy gimmick, no scantily clad superstar on the cover; just spirited interpretations and wonderful music. –Jason Verlinde

Giuliano Carmignola (solo violin)
Giorgio Fava (violin I)
Gino Mangiocavallo (violin II)
Enrico Parizzi (viola)
Walter Vestidello (violoncello)
Alberto Rasi (violone)
Giancarlo Rado (archlute)
Andrea Marcon (harpsichord)

 

Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons Tracklist

1. Spring: Con No.1 in E, Op.8 No.1: I. Allegro
2. Spring: Con No.1 in E, Op.8 No.1: II. Largo
3. Spring: Con No.1 in E, Op.8 No.1: III. Allegro
4. Summer: Con No.2 in g, Op.8 No.2: I. Allegro Non Molto
5. Summer: Con No.2 in g, Op.8 No.2: II. Adagio
6. Summer: Con No.2 in g, Op.8 No.2: III. Presto
7. Autumn: Con No.3 in F, Op.8 No.3: I. Allegro
8. Autumn: Con No.3 in F, Op.8 No.3: II. Adagio Molto
9. Autumn: Con No.3 in F, Op.8 No.3: III. Allegro
10. Winter: Con No.4 in f, Op.8 No.4: I. Allegro Non Molto
11. Winter: Con No.4 in f, Op.8 No.4: II. Largo
12. Winter: Con No.4 in f, Op.8 No.4: III. Allegro
13. Con in E flat, RV257: I. Andante Molto E Quasi Allegro
14. Con in E flat, RV257: II. Adagio
15. Con in E flat, RV257: III. Allegro
16. Con in B flat, RV376: I. Larghetto, Andante
17. Con in B flat, RV376: II. Andante
18. Con in B flat, RV376: III. Allegro
19. Con in D, RV211: I. Allegro Non Molto
20. Con in D, RV211: II. Larghetto
21. Con in D, RV211: III. Allegro

Vivaldi - The 4 Seasons

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