For those who prefer their baroque music on modern instruments, this wonderful performance by Anne-Sophie Mutter stands out as one of the best in a vast number of other good choices. Karajan leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a sensuous, ultra-romanticzed performance of this overplayed warhorse, and Anne-Sophie’s youthful exuberance shines through.
# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 883 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
I would buy and force myself to love this “inauthentic” account of the world’s favourite piece of baroque music even if it were not superlative, just to cock a snook at the HIPsters and anti-Karajan brigade.
As it is, I don’t have to perform any mental equivocations, as this is so enjoyable and beautifully played that I recommend it as first modern-instrument choice to anyone not wedded to the period mindset. The playing is miraculously warm, in tune and homogeneous, well sprung and energised without being over-Romanticised. The recording quality is so clear that the occasional car accelerating obtrudes through the blooming instrumental sound. The supporting band is not so large, being only 23 strings underpinned by a harpsichord and an organ – and what a rich, luscious sound they make; sample the Presto thunderstorm music from “L’estate” to appreciate their intensity.
The twenty-year-old Mutter is of course a minor miracle of virtuosity, here playing with more élan than when she was first Karajan’s protégée. This was the first classical music CD to win a platinum award for sales.
|Concerto In Mi Maggiore, Op. 8 N. 1 (F. I, 22/RV 269) La Primavera||10:58|
|b||II. Largo E Pianissimo||3:04|
|c||III. Danza Pastorale (Allegro)||4:34|
|Concerto In Sol Minore, Op. 8 N. 2 (F. I, 23/RV 315) L’Estate||10:21|
|a||I. Allegro Non Molto||5:32|
|c||III. L’Orage (Presto)||2:44|
|Concerto In Fa Maggiore, Op. 8 N. 3 (F. I, 24/RV 293) L’Autunno||11:01|
|Concerto In Fa Minore, Op. 8 N. 4 (F. I, 25/RV 297) L’Inverno||8:42|
|a||I. Allegro Non Molto||3:26|
Analyzed folder: /96k Vivaldi – The Four Seasons – Mutter, Karajan
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.43 dB -18.10 dB A1 Concerto In Mi Maggiore, Op. 8 N. 1 (F. I, 22-RV 269) La Primavera – I. Allegro.wav
DR12 -11.64 dB -31.99 dB A2 Concerto In Mi Maggiore, Op. 8 N. 1 (F. I, 22-RV 269) La Primavera – II. Largo E Pianissimo.wav
DR13 -2.62 dB -19.60 dB A3 Concerto In Mi Maggiore, Op. 8 N. 1 (F. I, 22-RV 269) La Primavera – III. Danza Pastorale (Allegro).wav
DR12 -1.12 dB -20.76 dB A4 Concerto In Sol Minore, Op. 8 N. 2 (F. I, 23-RV 315) L’Estate – I. Allegro Non Molto.wav
DR15 -4.76 dB -27.18 dB A5 Concerto In Sol Minore, Op. 8 N. 2 (F. I, 23-RV 315) L’Estate – II. Adagio.wav
DR12 -0.40 dB -15.74 dB A6 Concerto In Sol Minore, Op. 8 N. 2 (F. I, 23-RV 315) L’Estate – III. L’Orage (Presto).wav
DR14 -1.29 dB -20.94 dB B1 Concerto In Fa Maggiore, Op. 8 N. 3 (F. I, 24-RV 293) L’Autunno – I. Allegro.wav
DR11 -20.11 dB -34.52 dB B2 Concerto In Fa Maggiore, Op. 8 N. 3 (F. I, 24-RV 293) L’Autunno – II. Adagio.wav
DR14 -0.44 dB -17.66 dB B3 Concerto In Fa Maggiore, Op. 8 N. 3 (F. I, 24-RV 293) L’Autunno – III. Allegro.wav
DR13 -2.02 dB -22.02 dB B4 Concerto In Fa Minore, Op. 8 N. 4 (F. I, 25-RV 297) L’Inverno – I. Allegro Non Molto.wav
DR12 -15.39 dB -31.07 dB B5 Concerto In Fa Minore, Op. 8 N. 4 (F. I, 25-RV 297) L’Inverno – II. Largo.wav
DR13 -1.23 dB -20.39 dB B6 Concerto In Fa Minore, Op. 8 N. 4 (F. I, 25-RV 297) L’Inverno – III. Allegro.wav
Number of files: 12
Official DR value: DR13
- Composed By – Antonio Vivaldi
- Concertmaster – Werner Hinck
- Conductor – Herbert Von Karajan
- Engineer [Balance Engineer] – Wolfgang Gülich
- Harpsichord – Herbert Von Karajan, William Tim Read
- Liner Notes – Klaus Geitel
- Liner Notes [Traduction] – Jacques Fournier
- Liner Notes [Translation] – Richard Wigmore
- Orchestra – Wiener Philharmoniker
- Organ – Rudolf Scholz
- Producer – Peter Alward
- Violin – Anne-Sophie Mutter
- 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
If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
If you like what i do, please consider that a little donation would be very appreciate.
I reinvest all donations in maintenance of my rig, for purchasing cleaning solutions and, most important of all, purchasing of new vinyls.
Click on the “Donate”-button.
Download from FileFactory