I have many versions of the Four Seasons, on CDs and vinyls around 20 different performances and the comparison to each other is always very interesting. I often wonder what Vivaldi would have thought of all the interpretations that are out there. I must confess, the Academy/Marriner recording is among the more authentic, at least, to my ear. The sound then, as now, was sparkling and clear. Marriner and violinist Alan Loveday recorded this in the best tradition, with modern instruments playing sprightly and spirited Vivaldi. This was before the gritty and hyper-energized recording by Giuliano Carmignola revolutionized everyone’s idea of what the Four Seasons should sound like. There are zillions of versions of this work and many of them are outstanding. But for clarity, unaffected brilliance and sheer elan, there is nothing like this recording.
Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁
# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Alan Loveday, Simon Preston
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Vinyl (1970)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Argo (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B000E6EH0E
# Size: 859 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
This 1970 recording featuring violinist Alan Loveday, conductor Neville Marriner, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is one of the more interesting Four Seasons you’ll hear. Loveday never steals the limelight from Vivaldi’s masterpiece–though his playing is impeccable, it’s never showy. Harpsichordist Simon Preston gets his moments in the spotlight and, despite the understated nature of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the group adds some interesting accents to the music.
What makes this record unique is the imaginative continuo support from Simon Preston, split between a harpsichord and organ, and very spotlit by the recording. In the baroque period, musicians were expected to improvise, add embellishments and flesh out the base line, and Simon Preston takes full advantage of this license. After this record’s harpsichord contribution, other performances of the Seasons will be found lacking, at least to my ears. Just listen to the opening to Winter (my favourite Vivaldi Season).
This particular record is issued under the Penguin Music Classics series, which I actually like very much.
|La Primavera (Spring) Concerto No. 1 In E Major (P. 241)|
|L’Estate (Summer) Concerto No. 2 In G Minor (P. 336)|
|A4||I. Allegro Non Molto||5:51|
|L’Autunno (Autumn) Concerto No. 3 In F Major (P. 257)|
|B2||II. Adagio Molto||2:55|
|L’Inverno (Winter) Concerto No. 4 In F Minor (P. 442)|
|B4||I. Allegro Non Molto||3:18|
Analyzed folder: /96kAV_4St_Mar/96k Vivaldi – 4St – Marriner
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DR16 -3.03 dB -27.25 dB A5 L’Estate (Summer) Concerto No. 2 In G Minor – II. Adagio.wav
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DR15 -3.36 dB -24.54 dB B1 L’Autunno (Autumn) Concerto No. 3 In F Major – I. Allegro.wav
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DR14 -0.97 dB -19.69 dB B3 L’Autunno (Autumn) Concerto No. 3 In F Major – III. Allegro.wav
DR13 -1.18 dB -20.02 dB B4 L’Inverno (Winter) Concerto No. 4 In F Minor – I. Allegro Non Molto.wav
DR11 -9.84 dB -24.66 dB B5 L’Inverno (Winter) Concerto No. 4 In F Minor – II. Largo.wav
DR12 -0.47 dB -18.85 dB B6 L’Inverno (Winter) Concerto No. 4 In F Minor – III. Allegro.wav
Number of files: 12
Official DR value: DR13
- Composed By – Antonio Vivaldi
- Conductor – Neville Marriner
- Orchestra – Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
- Organ, Harpsichord – Simon Preston
- Violin – Alan Loveday
(p) 1970 Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Inner sleeve & insert (text inside) – Four Seasons italian/english (c)1970 Stanley Sadie
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