- Audio CD (Nov. 2 1999)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Deutsche Grammophon
- ASIN: B00002DE2L
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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|2. Spring: II. Largo|
|3. Spring: III. Danza Pastorale|
|4. Summer: I. Allegro Non Molto|
|5. Summer: II. Adagio|
|6. Summer: Presto|
|7. Autumn: Allegro|
|8. Autumn: Adagio molto|
|9. Autumn: Allegro|
|10. Winter: Allegro non molto|
|11. Winter: Largo|
|12. Winter: Allegro|
|13. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Larghetto affetuoso|
|14. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Allegro moderato (Tempo giusto della scuola tartiniana|
|15. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Andante (Sogni dell'autore)|
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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons/Tartini: The Devil's Trill
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.