English Chamber Orchestra: Pinchas Zukerman – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)


# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
# Conductor: Pinchas Zukerman
# Vinyl (1973 / 1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 36 of 100
# Size: 881MB (24/96) + 228MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Zukerman’s Four Seasons is a good recording with very lyrical slow movements and excellent balance between soloist and orchestra. However, the outer movements are, in my humble opinion, a little restrained. The high point of this performance for me was the slow movement of the Winter Concerto. It’s mesmerizingly beautiful. Despite the trend for violinists to play the solo parts and to lead the orchestra in The Four Seasons, most of the truly great recordings do have a separate conductor. I don’t play the violin but just imagine playing all those virtuoso notes and trying to lead an orchestra… Well, there are moments in this recording when I wish there was a separate conductor because the orchestra came in a little too soon or a little too late. All that aside, this is a great overall recording. Better than most others, including his rival Perlman. – “A Customer”, amazon.com

Track List:

Side One
Spring (“La Primavera”) – Concerto in E Major, Opus 8, No. 1
01 – Allegro
02 – Largo
03 – Allegro

Summer (“L’Estate”) – Concerto in G Minor, Opus 8, No. 2
04 – Allegro non molto
05 – Adagio
06 – Presto

Side Two
Autumn (“L’Autumno”) – Concerto in F Major, Opus 8, No. 3
07 – Allegro
08 – Adagio molto
09 – Allegro

Winter (“L’Inverno”) – Concerto in F Minor, Opus 8, No. 4
10 – Allegro non molto
11 – Largo
12 – Allegro

Philip Ledger – continuo

You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.

Info on the original album can be seen here and here

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