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|1. Spring: I. Allegro|
|2. Spring: II. Largo|
|3. Spring: III. Danza Pastorale|
|4. Summer: I. Allegro Non Molto|
|5. Summer: II. Adagio|
|6. Summer: Presto - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|7. Autumn: Allegro - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|8. Autumn: Adagio molto - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|9. Autumn: Allegro - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|10. Winter: Allegro non molto - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|11. Winter: Largo - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|12. Winter: Allegro - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|13. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Larghetto affetuoso - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|14. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Allegro moderato (Tempo giusto della scuola tartiniana - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|15. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Andante (Sogni dell'autore) - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|16. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Allegro assai - Andante - Allegro assai - Andante - Allegro assai - Cadenza - Adagio - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
We've grown so accustomed to seeing violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter gracing album covers in her flowing formal gowns that this recording of Vivaldi's masterpiece may come as a shock to her fans, at least at first glance. Mutter, it appears, has been influenced by Gap culture, looking relaxed and appearing in jeans on the album cover. To coincide with this release, she even released a music video, featuring the Trondheim Soloists and herself performing the glorious work and looking like they're having a blast. Is this the shape of classical music to come? Let's hope so. Mutter's performance here, as usual, is top-notch. The opening movements of Spring sound delightful, the Summer storm sounds frenzied, and during Winter's second movement, you can practically hear the chill being warded off by a fire. Her impeccable tone is, as usual, gorgeous and the conductorless Trondheims provide a fine, if slightly obscured, accompaniment. Filling out this disc is Tartini's Sonata in G Minor (better known as The Devil's Trill), a wonderful piece of baroque violin virtuosity. There have never been so many recordings of Four Seasons available as right now; there really is no definitive version anymore. This one, however, is easy to recommend. --Jason Verlinde
Top Customer Reviews
There are certainly some glorious moments, but again, they're overshadowed by a lack of subtlety and also by an ensemble that seems to be better suited driving a Mack truck than playing Vivaldi. You can hear them coming from miles away.
And all that self-congratulatory stuffing between the CD covers...what's up with that?
Mutter's 4 seasons is good, some movements even excellent, but let's face it: nobody plays Italian baroque like that anymore. This CD wouldn't have been published if it hadn't been for Mutter's great looks.
However, as Mr. Gammelgaard mentioned in his review, there is one performance which dwarfs all the rest: Il Giardino Armonico (Teldec) - An amazing, authentic baroque performance. It's a part of a magnificent set of concerti by Vivaldi. You won't regret spending a two-full-price amount on it.
Don't fall for cheap pop design!
There are some good moments but overall the band sounds like it needs a lot more practice. Ms Mutter plays Vivaldi and Vivaldi loses. You can almost hear the Trondheimers struggling, and not always managing, to keep pace. At times, the production is reduced to a mush of sound. This recording probably sounds a lot better on the radio or a cheap CD player than on a decent sound system. Perhaps that's what the production team was aiming for. Vivaldi for commuters.
A period performance it is definitately NOT. Wwwway to romantic for this genre. I feel the performance is just being different for the sake of being different just to have an excuse for recording yet another version of this ever so popular piece.
Most recent customer reviews
It's easy to get used to listening to near-perfect recordings and performances of The Four Seasons. With so many recordings available, you can have your pick of styles. Read morePublished on March 7 2007 by Donald Mitchell
I will forsake my usual verbose review - words simply fail me here. From the "album cover" to the performance, this is crass exploitation at its worst. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Jeffrey Lipscomb
I think we may have the definitive recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons here with the talents of Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Trondheim Soloists. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003
Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Trondheim Soloists attack Vivaldi's old warhorse with a freshness and energy that make you listen to it as though you were hearing it for the first time. Read morePublished on April 15 2003 by Steven Davis
You won't find many recordings of the famed Red Priest's masterpiece that can match this one. I'd put Shaham with the Orpheus CO (also on DG) in the same ballpark, but I know of no... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003 by NotATameLion
My one disappointment with this album is a sloppiness in the Trondheim Soloists. (I am not much of a musician myself; this is just my subjective perception. Read morePublished on June 19 2002 by A. Hertzog
[...another] reviewer of this CD writes: "Let's face it: nobody plays Italian baroque like that anymore. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2001 by S. G. Oles
This isn't your usual Sunday brunch rendering of The Four Seasons. Anne-Sophie Mutter brings the Vivaldi favorite to vivid life with both sensitivity and boldness, and she's helped... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2001 by cnomad