This version of Vivaldi’s Seasons may be unique, because of four different soloists, who each one interpretes one of the four Seasons.
Like biting the perfect apple, it leaves you stunned. Dialing in the taste before you eat this common fruit, you are amazed when expectations are exceeded. Whether it is the original instruments, multiple violin soloists, or trying to envision how Vivaldi intended the Seasons to sound, the sound of this Seasons is exceptionally bright and the dramatic intensity was more than I had remembered.
# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Alison Bury, Catherine Mackintosh, Christopher Hirons, John Holloway
# Orchestra: Academy Of Ancient Music
# Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: L’Oiseau-Lyre
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.56 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. And surely you never heard this work, performed by 4 different soloists…each one violinist plays a season.
This blew me away because Catherine Mackintosh, the violin soloist for Winter, interpreted the score with all of the regret, loss, and powerlessness of mortality, all of the pain and betrayal of death. I found myself crying, uncharacteristically, and for the first time I understood why Vivaldi’s ubiquitous ditty was so much more than a lovely set of catchy melodies; it was a deeply personal reflection on the human life cycle.
In the last couple of decades of listening to it, I have come to hold hear all of the interpretations of the different seasons, and to hold The Academy of Ancient Music in the highest possible esteem. True to intention, the instruments choose tone over volume, a decision which benefits from the way music is often heard today, on a sound system in one’s home. You can set the volume as you like!
I am certain that anyone looking to discern all of the instruments, to relish all of the harmonies, and to project himself or herself into the period’s sumptuous and intellectual music will do no better than this recording. Whenever I give Vivaldi as a gift, I always go with this recording and have often heard from the recipients that they didn’t know that the Four Seasons was such a rich and profound piece of art.
|Concerto No.1 In E Major, ‘La Primavera’, RV 269||9:49|
|A1||I. Allegro – Violin, Soloist – Christopher Hirons||3:29|
|A2||II. Largo – Violin, Soloist – Christopher Hirons||2:29|
|A3||III. Allegro – Violin, Soloist – Christopher Hirons||3:56|
|Concerto No.2 In G Minor, ‘L’Estate’, RV 315||10:10|
|A4||I. Allegro Non Molto – Violin, Soloist – John Holloway||5:29|
|A5||II. Adagio – Presto – Violin, Soloist – John Holloway||2:04|
|A6||III. Presto – Violin, Soloist – John Holloway||2:41|
|Concerto No.3 In F Major, ‘L’Autunno’, RV293||10:30|
|B1||I. Allegro – Violin, Soloist – Alison Bury||5:05|
|B2||II. Adagio Molto – Violin, Soloist – Alison Bury||2:21|
|B3||III. Allegro – Violin, Soloist – Alison Bury||3:08|
|Concerto No.4 In F Minor, ‘L’Inverno’, RV 297||8:29|
|B4||I. Allegro Non Molto – Violin, Soloist – Catherine Mackintosh||3:26|
|B5||II. Largo – Violin, Soloist – Catherine Mackintosh||2:00|
|B6||III. Allegro – Violin, Soloist – Catherine Mackintosh||3:06|
Analyzed folder: /192k Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons – Hogwood
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DR12 -13.99 dB -30.70 dB A2 Concerto No.1 In E Major, ‘La Primavera’ RV 269 II. Largo.wav
DR13 -2.65 dB -20.04 dB A3 Concerto No.1 In E Major, ‘La Primavera’ RV 269 III. Allegro.wav
DR14 -0.66 dB -20.95 dB A4 Concerto No.2 In G Minor, ‘L’Estate’ RV 315 I. Allegro Non Molto.wav
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DR13 -0.29 dB -17.36 dB A6 Concerto No.2 In G Minor, ‘L’Estate’ RV 315 III. Presto.wav
DR14 -1.54 dB -21.49 dB B1 Concerto No.3 In F Major, ‘L’Autunno’ RV293
DR11 -21.61 dB -35.68 dB B2 Concerto No.3 In F Major, ‘L’Autunno’ RV293 II. Adagio Molto.wav
DR15 -0.57 dB -19.06 dB B3 Concerto No.3 In F Major, ‘L’Autunno’ RV293 III. Allegro.wav
DR13 -3.08 dB -23.09 dB B4 Concerto No.4 In F Minor, ‘L’Inverno’ RV 297 I. Allegro Non Molto.wav
DR12 -11.09 dB -26.03 dB B5 Concerto No.4 In F Minor, ‘L’Inverno’ RV 297 II. Largo.wav
DR14 -1.07 dB -19.99 dB B6 Concerto No.4 In F Minor, ‘L’Inverno’ RV 297 III. Allegro.wav
Number of files: 12
Official DR value: DR13
- Cello – Mark Caudle, Susan Sheppard
- Composed By – Antonio Vivaldi
- Directed By – Christopher Hogwood
- Double Bass – Barry Guy
- Engineer – John Dunkerley
- Guitar [Baroque] – Nigel North (tracks: A1, B1)
- Harpsichord – Christopher Hogwood (tracks: A1, B1)
- Liner Notes [Leaflet – Decca 1984 French Translation] – N. Lesieur
- Liner Notes [Leaflet © – English] – Christopher Hogwood
- Liner Notes [Leaflet-Poem – Decca 1983 English Translation] – Avril Bardoni
- Liner Notes [Leaflet-Poem – Decca 1983 German Translation] – Henning Weber
- Orchestra – Academy Of Ancient Music, The
- Organ [Chamber Organ] – Christopher Hogwood (tracks: A2, B2)
- Painting – Abel Grimmer
- Producer – Peter Wadland
- Theorbo [Archlute] – Nigel North (tracks: A2, B2)
- Viola – Jan Schlapp, Katherine Hart, Trevor Jones (4)
- Violin – Alison Bury, Catherine Mackintosh, Christopher Hirons, David Woodcock, John Holloway, Micaela Comberti, Miles Golding, Roy Goodman, Roy Mowatt, Simon Standage
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: Audio Technica AT 33 E MC
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- 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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