It’s impossible to count, how many recordings of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are there out in the world. Among them, also impossible to count, many excellent and 1st class performances. Everyone of us has his favourite(s). I own about 2 dozens of the 4 Seasons on Discs, mostly on vinyl and this is one of the few I would place in the 4 Seasons Olymp, togheter with the performance of Hogwood, the super one of Carmignola, Mutter’s and very few others.
# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Simon Standage
# Orchestra: The English Concert
# Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
# Vinyl (1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG Archiv
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.49 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Sometime it’s hard to find your favourite work, that brings both attributes: a perfect performance and a perfect sound. This is one of them.
This is in every way a landmark recording. There had been period-instrument recordings of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” before this (a fairly middle-of-the-road offering from the Collegium Aureum and a typically somewhat hard-on-the-ears version from Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his Concentus Musicus Vienna), but this was the first (as far as I am aware) for which the players had taken the trouble to examine the early manuscript source from the Henry Watson Music and Arts Library in Manchester, England, and to compare this with early printed editions, thus enabling them to come up with a version which is probably nearer to what Vivaldi actually wrote and intended than anything that had been produced before this. This musicological accuratesse, coupled with the silky sounds of period violins with gut strings, the excellent playing of Trever Pinnock’s English Concert and the almost uniquely good Deutsche Grammophon engineering made this, back in 1982, a sensational achievement. The accompanying booklet is also excellent, giving a very clear picture of what is happening when and making listening to The Four Seasons a new pleasure over again. The details in the recording are sometimes startlingly clear, and I can understand why some other reviewers have recommended getting out warm winter clothes for the last part of the recording!
|La Primavera (Der Frühling • Spring • Le Printemps) Op. 8 No. 1|
|A1b||2. Largo E Pianissimo Sempre||2:40|
|A1c||3. Danza Pastorale. Allegro||3:37|
|L’Estate (Der Sommer • Summer • L’Eté) Op. 8 No. 2|
|A2a||1. Allegro Non Molto||4:41|
|A2b||2. Adagio – Presto||2:17|
|L’Autunno (Der Herbst • Autumn • L’Automne) Op. 8 No. 3|
|L’Inverno (Der Winter • Winter • L’Hiver) Op. 8 No. 4|
|B2a||1. Allegro Non Molto||3:12|
Analyzed folder: /192k Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons – Pinnock
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -2.63 dB -22.16 dB A1 La Primavera Op. 8 No. 1 – 1. Allegro.wav
DR13 -11.32 dB -29.21 dB A2 La Primavera Op. 8 No. 1 – 2. Largo E Pianissimo Sempre.wav
DR12 -5.15 dB -21.63 dB A3 La Primavera Op. 8 No. 1 – 3. Danza Pastorale. Allegro.wav
DR14 -1.39 dB -21.20 dB A4 L’Estate Op. 8 No. 2 – 1. Allegro Non Molto.wav
DR15 -11.44 dB -30.78 dB A5 L’Estate Op. 8 No. 2 – 2. Adagio – Presto.wav
DR13 -0.80 dB -17.38 dB A6 L’Estate Op. 8 No. 2 – 3. Presto.wav
DR14 -3.51 dB -22.30 dB B1 L’Autunno Op. 8 No. 3 – 1. Allegro.wav
DR11 -18.50 dB -33.54 dB B2 L’Autunno Op. 8 No. 3 – 2. Adagio.wav
DR14 -2.46 dB -19.97 dB B3 L’Autunno Op. 8 No. 3 – 1. Allegro.wav
DR13 -1.07 dB -20.94 dB B4 L’Inverno Op. 8 No. 4 – 1. Allegro Non Molto.wav
DR13 -11.65 dB -29.03 dB B5 L’Inverno Op. 8 No. 4 – 2. Largo.wav
DR13 -1.86 dB -20.72 dB B6 L’Inverno Op. 8 No. 4 – 3. Allegro.wav
Number of files: 12
Official DR value: DR13
- Cello – Anthony Pleeth, Richard Webb
- Composed By – Antonio Vivaldi
- Edited By – Reinhild Schmidt
- Engineer [Recording] – Hans-Peter Schweigmann
- Harpsichord, Directed By – Trevor Pinnock
- Liner Notes – Michael Talbot
- Liner Notes [Translation] – Felice Merlo, Isabella Borinski, Jacques Fournier
- Orchestra – English Concert, The*
- Organ – Robert Woolley
- Producer – Dr. Andreas Holschneider
- Recording Supervisor – Dr. Gerd Ploebsch
- Strings [Violone] – Keith Marjoram
- Theorbo [Tiorba] – Nigel North
- Viola – Annette Isserlis, Jan Schlapp, Trevor Jones (4)
- Violin  – Graham Cracknell, Micaela Comberti, Miles Golding, Simon Standage
- Violin  – Elizabeth Wilcock, Nicola Cleminson, Roy Goodman, Theresa Caudle
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- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
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- Pre Amp: Vintage (1979) Luxman L-55A
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
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