Fabio Biondi & Europa Galante Antonio Vivaldi : Les quatre saisons

Antonio Vivaldi : Les quatre saisons

Fabio Biondi & Europa Galante

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Released on July 15, 2013 by naïve classique

Main artist: Fabio Biondi

Genre: Classical > Chamber Music

Distinctions: Diapason d'or (January 2014) - Gramophone Editor's Choice (January 2014) - 10 de Répertoire (January 2014) - Hi-Res Audio (June 2013)

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Album : 1 disk - 18 tracks Total length : 00:54:03

  1. 1 The Four Seasons, Concerto in E Major, RV 269, Op. 8, No. 1 "Spring": I. Allegro

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  2. 2 The Four Seasons, Concerto in E Major, RV 269, Op. 8, No. 1 "Spring": II. Largo e Pianissimo

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  3. 3 The Four Seasons, Concerto in E Major, RV 269, Op. 8, No. 1 "Spring": III. Danza Pastorale, Allegro

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  4. 4 The Four Seasons, Concerto in G Minor, RV 315, Op. 8, No. 2 "Summer": I. Allegro

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  5. 5 The Four Seasons, Concerto in G Minor, RV 315, Op. 8, No. 2 "Summer": II. Adagio

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  6. 6 The Four Seasons, Concerto in G Minor, RV 315, Op. 8, No. 2 "Summer": III. Tempo impetuoso d'Estate

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  7. 7 The Four Seasons, Concerto in F Major, RV 293, Op. 8, No. 3 "Autumn": I. Allegro

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  8. 8 The Four Seasons, Concerto in F Major, RV 293, Op. 8, No. 3 "Autumn": II. Adagio

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  9. 9 The Four Seasons, Concerto in F Major, RV 293, Op. 8, No. 3 "Autumn": III. La Caccia

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  10. 10 The Four Seasons, Concerto in F Minor, RV 297, Op. 8, No. 4, "Winter": I. Allegro non Molto

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  11. 11 The Four Seasons, Concerto in F Minor, RV 297, Op. 8, No. 4, "Winter": II. Largo

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  12. 12 The Four Seasons, Concerto in F Minor, RV 297, Op. 8, No. 4, "Winter": III. Allegro

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  13. 13 Concerto in C Major, RV 171: I. Allegro

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  14. 14 Concerto in C Major, RV 171: II. Largo

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  15. 15 Concerto in C Major, RV 171: III. Allegro non Molto

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  16. 16 Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 163, "Conca": I. Allegro Molto Marcato

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  17. 17 Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 163, "Conca": II. Andante

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

  18. 18 Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 163, "Conca": III. Allegro Molto

    Fabio Biondi, Performer - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer Copyright : 2013 naïve

About

No Baroque work is more familiar than Vivaldi's set of four programmatic violin concertos known as the Four Seasons, yet firebrand Italian violinist Fabio Biondi and his Europa Galante will make you feel as though you're hearing them for the first time in this recording, originally released on the Opus 111 label. Biondi's tempi are fast indeed in the outer movements, and he pushes some of Vivaldi's illustrative episodes into a realm of crescendi and descrescendi that's mighty unusual. And he ornaments the music freely. But his expressive devices are never Romantic -- they come off as full-blooded, passionate responses to the music, and they never seem to violate the spirit. Sample the first-movement thunderstorm of the "Summer" concerto for an idea of what you're getting into here -- and you may find yourself ordering everything Biondi has ever issued. The complaints here are minor -- the sound, from 1991, is rather harsh; the instrumentalists are recorded so close up that there is a good deal of extraneous noise. Nevertheless, this is an excellent first choice for the Four Seasons -- or a worthwhile acquisition for someone who already has many versions.

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