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The Four Seasons La Tempesta

Antonini; Il Giardino Armonico , Vivaldi Antonio Audio CD
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1. The Four Seasons: Concerto in E, Op.8/1 RV 269 'Spring': Allergo
2. The Four Seasons: Concerto in E, Op.8/1 RV 269 'Spring': Largo
3. The Four Seasons: Concerto in E, Op.8/1 RV 269 'Spring': Allegro
4. The Four Seasons: Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/2 RV 315 'Summer': Allegro non molta.
5. The Four Seasons: Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/2 RV 315 'Summer': Adagio. Presto
6. The Four Seasons: Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/2 RV 315 'Summer': Presto
7. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Major, Op.8/3 RV 293 'Autumn': Allegro-Allegro Assai
8. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Major, Op.8/3 RV 293 'Autumn': Adagio Molto
9. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Major, Op.8/3 RV 293 'Autumn': Allegro
10. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Minor, Op.8/4 RV 297 'Winter': Allegro Non Molto
11. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Minor, Op.8/4 RV 297 'Winter': Largo
12. The Four Seasons: Concerto in F Minor, Op.8/4 RV 297 'Winter': Allegro
13. The Four Seasons: Concerto in D Minor, Op.8/9 RV 454 for Oboe, Strings, Basso Continuo: Allegro
14. The Four Seasons: Concerto in D Minor, Op.8/9 RV 454 for Oboe, Strings, Basso Continuo: Largo
15. The Four Seasons: Concerto in D Minor, Op.8/9 RV 454 for Oboe, Strings, Basso Continuo: Allegro
16. Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/8 RV 332 for Solo Violin, Strings And Basso Continuo: Allegro
17. Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/8 RV 332 for Solo Violin, Strings And Basso Continuo: Largo
18. Concerto in G Minor, Op.8/8 RV 332 for Solo Violin, Strings And Basso Continuo: Allegro

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5.0 out of 5 stars ~Morning Music~ April 27 2003
Before the steadfast blaring sun comes up, and twilight's gliding shadows condescend to rise slowly out away, nocturnal beings such as I lie bidding to forsake the ominous toll of the clock. - Ah yes, but alas in due course we must reticently squint those dilated old green eyes open, must sluggishly rise and turn to face the dawning day. -Indeed, for all its brightness, color and clarity, a morning person I am not, nor have I ever been. And for certain, without the rush of a triple-shot cafe latte to quench my spirit, and lively cadenced music to quicken my soul, I am quite lost.
Vivaldi's compositions are the perfect morning music for creatures such as I - and his far & widely celebrated Four Seasons have always made exquisite concord with my ears. The exuberant il Giardino Armonico present here an aggressively crisp and vibrant interpretation of some of Vivaldi's most beautiful concertos. In addition to the "Le Quattro Stagioni," there are six additional tracks, which include the "Violin Concerto in G minor" (solo violin, with strings and basso continuo) and the "Oboe Concerto in D minor" (for oboe, strings and basso continuo). The music made here is so clean and clear that every instrument can be, deliciously, quite distinctively heard. Truly, I have not words enough to praise what a freshly elegant and invigorating sound the delicately touched authentic instruments herein make-- The feel is light and bright -so purely Morning!
I cannot verify that this is the absolute best compilation of Vivaldi's opuses - there are so many others - such as another wonderful compilation by the Venice Baroque Orchestra (with Violinist Giuliano Carmignola), which is less crisp, but more dramatic. But I do say, this interpretation - this lively Baroque bash - does suit me entirely for the morning. It is one of a number of those insatiable cravings, which mark the very tenor of my existence ~
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5.0 out of 5 stars unusual, excellent Vivaldi April 4 2002
Given that this is one of the most popular works of classical music of all time, I'd heard Vivaldi's 4 Seasons so often that I had no interest in hearing them again. Ever. But when I got this disc as a gift and popped it in, I was pleasantly surprised. This recording, despite being played on period instruments, is not for baroque purists. The dynamic contrasts are incredible, but tend to be on the hacking side in the louder sections. The group freely moves back and forth between ponticello and tasto, and many of the tempi are absurdly fast or slow compared to your average performance. Many of the movements have little gimmicks, most of which are interesting, but unsuccessful, such as the "barking dog" in the slow movement of Spring, an accurate description from a reviewer below. Onofri's violin solos are technically excellent, though occasionally gritty and often rhythmically quirky... the end result is that I love this music again, a change for the better. For an introduction to Vivaldi or period instrument performances, stay away. For a 4 Seasons that will revitalize you and forever alter the way you conceive of the piece, this is an essential recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivaldi is more than the Four Seasons Nov. 12 2002
Anyone buying this CD for the great Il Giardino Armonico interperation of the Four Seasons will have their expectations exceeded. At track 13 be prepared for a surprise. Vivaldi wrote many pieces that are even more beautiful than the Four Seasons and this is one of the most compelling. This version of Op 8/No 9, RV 454 is a truly special composition. In this CD we hear the oboe version. In the Op 8, volume 2 CD we hear the same composition (and listed as RV 236) played with the violin. I would buy both CD's just for this piece alone! The oboe version is calm and assured while the violin version contrasts by being delicate and refined. I'm absolutely blown away by the sublime key and abrubt tempo changes in the first allegro movement. These sounds are one more example of the truly world class and mesmerizing musical effect of Vivaldi and Il Giardino Armonico.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Oct. 24 2001
This is, above all, my favorite recording of "The Four Seasons." If you've heard that Il Giardino Armonico is a ground-breaking ensemble, the proof is in this CD. Enrico Onofri's violin solos are stunningly articulate and nuanced, and the small ensemble makes an unexpectedly big noise. The continuo is varied (bassoon, cello, theorbo, organ, harpsichord) which lends this rendition a deep texture not found in most recordings. My only complaint is that the viola "barking dog" in the slow movement of "Spring" is far too harsh. On the other hand, the opening of "Winter" is played in such an odd and spooky way that, once you hear it, you'll never be satisfied with the status quo again. This disc has been out-of-print for awhile. Ignore the cheesy cover, pick it up now ..., and have yourself a foot-stomping good time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Vivaldi Oct. 7 2002
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is always a pleasure to hear, and while this is a good album, it simply isn't the best I've heard. I actually found that the first piece was a little mushy for my liking, which is why I only gave 4 stars. Still, it is joyfully done and Vivaldi is always wonderful. Overall it is a good introduction to Vivaldi at a very reasonable price, especially since the cd includes three extra tracks along with The Four Seasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musician Nov. 12 2001
I am currently listening to this cd for the first time; it is AMAZING. There is so much feeling in the performance of Vivaldi's music. These artists play for the period during which it was written. This is a Four Seasons you will want to share with the most scrutinous musical colleagues. I'm sending one to my sister and our uncle, a composer widely published and university professor.
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