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Renaud Capuçon|Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Renaud Capucon

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The market might not seem to be crying out for a new recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons violin concertos, but there is method in violinist Renaud Capuçon's madness. For one thing, his is something of an old-school approach. True, he leads the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne from the violin, but otherwise, this may remind the listener of the days a half-century ago when major symphony orchestras would program the Four Seasons in full orchestral garb. Capuçon and his players use modern instruments, and the orchestra is good-sized, large enough for Capuçon to whip up some highly percussive effects in the stormier passages of these programmatic concertos. As for Capuçon, he offers a full display of the charismatic playing that has so endeared him to the French public. He takes brisk tempos but leaves himself room to shape expressive lines with tempo variations that are perhaps idiomatic to Vivaldi but that work on their own terms. Novel, too, is the inclusion of two concertos by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the Black Guadeloupean composer whose music is increasingly often being rediscovered. His violin concertos are probably his strongest works, expansive and varied. The annotator's claim that the recordings offer the chance to "compare" the two composers doesn't make a lot of sense; the music here comes from times half a century apart and from two different worlds, but the Bologne concertos can stand up to performances by a top-flight violinist, and it is good to have these recordings. There is much of interest on this release.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269 "Spring": I. Allegro
00:03:08

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269 "Spring": II. Largo a pianissimo sempre
00:02:36

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269 "Spring": III. Allegro. Danza pastorale
00:03:52

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8 No. 2, RV 315 "Summer": I. Allegro non molto
00:04:42

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8 No. 2, RV 315 "Summer": II. Adagio - Presto
00:02:03

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8 No. 2, RV 315 "Summer": III. Presto
00:02:36

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Major, Op. 8 No. 3, RV 293 "Autumn": I. Allegro
00:04:49

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Major, Op. 8 No. 3, RV 293 "Autumn": II. Adagio molto
00:02:10

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Major, Op. 8 No. 3, RV 293 "Autumn": III. Allegro "la caccia"
00:03:14

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297 "Winter": I. Allegro non molto
00:03:27

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297 "Winter": II. Largo
00:01:51

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

12
The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297 "Winter": III. Allegro
00:03:36

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Violin Concerto No. 9 in G Major, Op. 8: I. Allegro
00:10:12

Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist - Joseph Bologne de Saint-George, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Violin Concerto No. 9 in G Major, Op. 8: II. Largo
00:04:57

Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist - Joseph Bologne de Saint-George, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Violin Concerto No. 9 in G Major, Op. 8: III. Rondeau
00:03:30

Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist - Joseph Bologne de Saint-George, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Violin Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 5 No. 1: I. Allegro
00:08:53

Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist - Joseph Bologne de Saint-George, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

17
Violin Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 5 No. 1: II. Andante moderato
00:04:10

Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist - Joseph Bologne de Saint-George, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

18
Violin Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 5 No. 1: III. Rondeau
00:04:44

Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Orchestra - Renaud Capucon, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist - Joseph Bologne de Saint-George, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

The market might not seem to be crying out for a new recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons violin concertos, but there is method in violinist Renaud Capuçon's madness. For one thing, his is something of an old-school approach. True, he leads the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne from the violin, but otherwise, this may remind the listener of the days a half-century ago when major symphony orchestras would program the Four Seasons in full orchestral garb. Capuçon and his players use modern instruments, and the orchestra is good-sized, large enough for Capuçon to whip up some highly percussive effects in the stormier passages of these programmatic concertos. As for Capuçon, he offers a full display of the charismatic playing that has so endeared him to the French public. He takes brisk tempos but leaves himself room to shape expressive lines with tempo variations that are perhaps idiomatic to Vivaldi but that work on their own terms. Novel, too, is the inclusion of two concertos by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the Black Guadeloupean composer whose music is increasingly often being rediscovered. His violin concertos are probably his strongest works, expansive and varied. The annotator's claim that the recordings offer the chance to "compare" the two composers doesn't make a lot of sense; the music here comes from times half a century apart and from two different worlds, but the Bologne concertos can stand up to performances by a top-flight violinist, and it is good to have these recordings. There is much of interest on this release.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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