The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock – Antonio Vivaldi – Le Quattro Stagioni (1986)

The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock - Antonio Vivaldi - Le Quattro Stagioni (1986)

Artist: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock
Title: Antonio Vivaldi - Le Quattro Stagioni
Year Of Release: 1986
Label: DG Archiv
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Total Time: 56:36
Total Size: 308 Mb
WebSite: Album Preview

Tracklist:

01. Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 'La Primavera' - 1. Allegro [0:03:20.73]
02. Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 'La Primavera' - 2. Largo e pianissimo [0:02:41.02]
03. Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 'La Primavera' - 3. Danza pastorale. Allegro [0:03:42.00]
04. Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 'L'estate' - 1. Allegro non molto - Allegro [0:04:44.74]
05. Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 'L'estate' - 2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio [0:02:17.19]
06. Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 'L'estate' - 3. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate) [0:02:49.28]
07. Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 'L'autunno' - 1. Allegro [0:04:52.01]
08. Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 'L'autunno' - 2. Adagio [0:02:30.00]
09. Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 'L'autunno' - 3. Allegro [0:03:05.74]
10. Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 'L'inverno' - 1. Allegro non molto [0:03:14.26]
11. Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 'L'inverno' - 2. Largo [0:01:52.12]
12. Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 'L'inverno' - 3. Allegro [0:02:53.65]
13. Concerto for Oboe, Violin, Strings and Continuo in B flat, R.548 - 1. (Allegro) [0:03:45.33]
14. Concerto for Oboe, Violin, Strings and Continuo in B flat, R.548 - 2. Largo [0:03:21.61]
15. Concerto for Oboe, Violin, Strings and Continuo in B flat, R.548 - 3. Allegro [0:02:18.19]
16. Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in G major, R. 516 - 1. Allegro Molto [0:03:50.33]
17. Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in G major, R. 516 - 2. Andante (Molto) [0:02:06.70]
18. Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in G major, R. 516 - 3. Allegro [0:03:10.10]

In their original incarnation on LP, the sound of Trevor Pinnock and his English Consort's 1981 recording of Vivaldi's famous Four Seasons was clear and bright. In subsequent CD iterations, it was clearer and brighter. But in this 2008 Japanese original bit processing issue, it has passed clearest and brightest and gone all the way to transparent and translucent. One can hear each of the 13 string players bows strike their strings and every pluck of Nigel North's theobro or Pinnock's harpsichord. And soloist Simon Standage sounds so vibrant and present that he may as well be in the room standing between the speakers.
As always, the performances are models of the early historically informed period performance practice school. Pinnock's tempos are light and his rhythms are clipped. The English Consort's ensemble is adept, its attacks is sharp, and its tone is focused. Standage is a virtuosic and poetic violinist who finds both the right sound and the right color for each highly evocative movement. Coupled here with Pinnock's 1985 recordings of the same composer's Oboe and Violin Concerto, RV 548, and Double Violin Concerto, RV 516, this disc is now the preferred method of hearing this classic recording.



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