Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Berlin Classics) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Sato, Concerto Köln)

Many thanks to Urbanox for another audiophile gem
Great orchestra and outstanding violinist! A must have! Just listen to the violinist’s baroque ornamentation and improvisations! Unbelievable!
“Something new every moment.” If we are to believe Shunske Sato, leader of Concerto Koln and soloist on this sparkling new release of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” what is at the heart of this recording is the idea of freedom. Freedom, too, in more ways than one. True to the principles of historical performance practice, the ensemble delivers the vitality of spontaneous playing in Vivaldi’s music.
Audiophile factor & artistic factor:
very high!

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer & Conductor: Shunske Sato
Orchestra: Concerto Köln
Vinyl 2016
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Berlin Classics
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.6 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Founded in Cologne in 1985 and at home on the great international concert platforms of the world ever since, Concerto Koln has developed a quite unique sound of its own, which is known and admired around the world. A major music magazine once wrote that the ensemble played antique rock and roll- “rousing, raw, and jovial.” The “Four Seasons,” are joined here by two other Vivaldi works, showing other aspects of the composer and rounding out our picture of him: the sad and sorrowful Good Friday music “Al Santo sepolcro” and the Concerto RV 156, which may be the most beautiful concerto Vivaldi ever wrote.

This audiophile recording was made in the Paterskirche in Kempen, celebrated for its acoustics. There were no cuts, no stopping and starting, just one take, no compressors or artificial resonance. This recording simply documents an end-to-end performance by musicians at the highest level of concentration. This music sounds so natural and immediate, it’s as if one were hearing it live at a concert.



  Die vier Jahreszeiten: Frühling (Konzerte für Violine, Streicher und Basso continuo op. 8. Nr.1 RV269)  
A1 Der Frühling: 1. Allegro 3:26
A2 Der Frühling: 2. Largo 2:16
A3 Der Frühling: 3. Allegro 3:53
  Die vier Jahreszeiten: Sommer (Konzerte für Violine, Streicher und Basso continuo Op. 8. Nr.2 RV315)  
A4 Der Sommer: 1. Allegro non molto 5:46
A5 Der Sommer: 2. Adagio e piano 2:30
A6 Der Sommer: 3. Presto Tempo impetuoso d´Estate 2:25
  Die vier Jahreszeiten: Herbst (Konzerte für Violine, Streicher und Basso continuo Op. 8 Nr.3 RV293)  
B1 Der Herbst: 1. Allegro Ballo e Canto de ‘Villanelli 5:00
B2 Der Herbst: 2. Adagio molto 2:42
B3 Der Herbst: 3. Allegro La Caccia 3:19
  Die vier Jahreszeiten: Winter (Konzerte für Violine, Streicher und Basso continuo Op. 8 Nr.4 RV297)  
B4 Der Winter: 1. Allegro non molto 3:29
B5 Der Winter: 2. Largo e pizziccati forte 1:51
B6 Der Winter: 3. Allegro 3:50

Sorry that’s not DR: 13 as it’s stated on front of the cover… It’s DR: 14 😀

Analyzed folder: /192k Vivaldi – The Four Seasons – Sato, Concerto Koeln
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR13 -0.71 dB -19.29 dB A1 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Fruehling- 1. Allegro.aif
DR13 -7.17 dB -23.03 dB A2 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Fruehling- 2. Largo.aif
DR13 -2.27 dB -20.04 dB A3 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Fruehling- 3. Allegro.aif
DR14 -0.84 dB -21.24 dB A4 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Sommer- 1. Allegro non molto.aif
DR18 -4.11 dB -29.45 dB A5 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Sommer- 2. Adagio e piano.aif
DR13 -0.87 dB -17.37 dB A6 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Sommer- 3. Presto- Tempo impetuoso d’Estate.aif
DR16 -0.47 dB -20.83 dB B1 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Herbst- 1. Allegro- Ballo e Canto de ‘Villanelli.aif
DR11 -14.11 dB -29.08 dB B2 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Herbst- 2. Adagio molto.aif
DR14 -2.34 dB -19.47 dB B3 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Herbst- 3. Allegro- La Caccia.aif
DR14 -0.94 dB -20.85 dB B4 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Winter- 1. Allegro non molto.aif
DR12 -11.01 dB -25.75 dB B5 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Winter- 2. Largo e pizziccati forte.aif
DR14 -1.35 dB -20.98 dB B6 Die vier Jahreszeiten – Der Winter- 3. Allegro.aif

Number of files: 12
Official DR value: DR14


Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
I do not make rips for headphones!

  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5



11 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Berlin Classics) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Sato, Concerto Köln)”

  1. Thanks Urbanox and Alf. Sounds great and played with enormous energy.

    I bet quite a few cats were skinned during these recording sessions 😀

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