HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Argo) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Loveday/Marriner)

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
# 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)  
A1 I. Allegro 3:12
A2 II. Largo 3:30
A3 III. Allegro 4:40
  L’Estate (Summer) Concerto No. 2 In G Minor (P. 336)  
A4 I. Allegro Non Molto 5:51
A5 II. Adagio 2:35
A6 III. Presto 2:47
  L’Autunno (Autumn) Concerto No. 3 In F Major (P. 257)  
B1 I. Allegro 5:16
B2 II. Adagio Molto 2:55
B3 III. Allegro 3:30
  L’Inverno (Winter) Concerto No. 4 In F Minor (P. 442)  
B4 I. Allegro Non Molto 3:18
B5 II. Largo 2:18
B6 III. Allegro 2:58

Analyzed folder: /96kAV_4St_Mar/96k Vivaldi – 4St – Marriner
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -2.92 dB     -21.46 dB     A1 La Primavera (Spring) Concerto No. 1 In E Major – I. Allegro.wav
DR13        -14.04 dB     -31.54 dB     A2 La Primavera (Spring) Concerto No. 1 In E Major – II. Largo.wav
DR13        -5.32 dB     -23.44 dB     A3 La Primavera (Spring) Concerto No. 1 In E Major – III. Allegro.wav
DR15        -1.13 dB     -23.35 dB     A4 L’Estate (Summer) Concerto No. 2 In G Minor – I. Allegro Non Molto.wav
DR16        -3.03 dB     -27.25 dB     A5 L’Estate (Summer) Concerto No. 2 In G Minor – II. Adagio.wav
DR13        -0.55 dB     -17.23 dB     A6 L’Estate (Summer) Concerto No. 2 In G Minor – III. Presto.wav
DR15        -3.36 dB     -24.54 dB     B1 L’Autunno (Autumn) Concerto No. 3 In F Major – I. Allegro.wav
DR12        -13.50 dB     -29.46 dB     B2 L’Autunno (Autumn) Concerto No. 3 In F Major – II. Adagio Molto.wav
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
Made in England – The Decca Record Co.Ltd. ARGO Regd. – STEREOPHONIC (green)
(p) 1970  Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Inner sleeve & insert (text inside) – Four Seasons italian/english (c)1970 Stanley Sadie


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16 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Argo) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Loveday/Marriner)

  1. Oh, RACH! Thank you very much! This is a milestone performance!
    And you’ve ripped it with Sumiko!
    I can hardly wait to listen to it!

  2. Listening just to Primavera (spring) I notice the obvious distinction between other from these last two you re-did, is tempo. Schwarz and Marriner go at it much more rapid that most of the others I have.
    Ozawa, Perlman, Zehetmair, Michelucci, Beyer, all take it slower and more deliberate.
    I prefer the more rapid pace.
    Two oddities: 1. Canadian brass have version available (I have it) and it’s a riot. Also listened last night to them do Bach’s Pasacaglia and Fugue in d minor; what a transcription – incredible.
    Also, a site called I Promesisposi did a program of 52 different recordings of Le Quatro Stagioni in February 2013; all lossless, but all on torrent now.
    I am very happy with Rach & Whatever & The Night Owl, the Three Mushy Teers; or “Musky Teers?”.
    Love ya, Rach. Just don’t want you to get too relaxed.
    Oh, P.S. Marriner is also very good. When you have two on the top step, how do you go higher?

    • “Oh, P.S. Marriner is also very good. When you have two on the top step, how do you go higher?”

      Bob, when you get a high level, the target should not be to get higher levels, but to manage many different high levels 😉 By this I mean, I have many other really very good performances, on CDs mostly, but fortunately many many more on vinyl.
      Stay tuned 😉

  3. Very interesting and different !
    But IMHO I prefer:
    This is too quick for my taste, maybe I am too old 🙁
    It reminds me Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar.
    Nice, perfect technique, but too fast and exagerated.
    Loveday Marriner just flows, and to me it is the best I have heard.
    Always IMHO 🙂

    Anyway, thank you very very much !

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