Janine Jansen: Vivaldi - 4 seasons (APE)
Janine Jansen: Vivaldi - 4 seasons (APE)

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Candida Thompson, Henk Rubingh, Elizabeth Kenny, Julian Rachlin, Maarten Jansen, Jan Jansen, Stacey Watton, Janine Jansen
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Decca
Size: 174 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Concerto No. 1 in E Major for solo violin “La Primavera – 1. Allegro
02. Concerto No. 1 in E Major for solo violin “La Primavera – 2. Largo
03. Concerto No. 1 in E Major for solo violin “La Primavera – 3. Allegro
04. Concerto No. 2 in G minor for solo violin, “L’Estate” – 1. Allegro non molto
05. Concerto No. 2 in G minor for solo violin, “L’Estate” – 2. Adagio – Presto
06. Concerto No. 2 in G minor for solo violin, “L’Estate” – 3. Presto
07. Concerto No. 3 in F Major for solo violin, “L’Autunno” – 1. Allegro
08. Concerto No. 3 in F Major for solo violin, “L’Autunno” – 2. Adagio molto
09. Concerto No. 3 in F Major for solo violin, “L’Autunno” – 3. Allegro
10. Concerto No. 4 in F minor for solo violin,”L’Inverno” – 1. Allegro non molto
11. Concerto No. 4 in F minor for solo violin,”L’Inverno” – 2. Largo
12. Concerto No. 4 in F minor for solo violin,”L’Inverno” – 3. Allegro

# Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major (“La Primavera,” The Four Seasons; “Il cimento” No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269
# Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor (“L’estate,” The Four Seasons; “Il cimento” No. 2), Op. 8/2, RV 315
# Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F major (“L’autunno,” The Four Seasons; “Il cimento” No. 3), Op.8/3, RV 293
# Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor (“L’inverno,” The Four Seasons; “Il cimento” No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297

Passionate reading of a classic

My absolute favourite recording of The Four Seasons. Brilliant, passionate, vibrant. Is it a “perfect” performance? Maybe not, but who cares? It’s clear to me that the performers love the music. Give me passion and fire over technically correct but dull and leaden readings any day of the week. Bonus: since it’s performed using period instruments, I imagine this is similar to how it must have sounded when it was performed when it was new.

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