Notes & Reviews:
"If you're a Joshua Bell and/or Vivaldi fan, or if you've just arrived on planet Earth and therefore haven't yet acquired your first Four Seasons recording, you only have to consider whether these performances are distinctive and authoritative and exciting enough to move them from the store shelves to yours. The answer is unequivocally "yes"... This music is so familiar and its technical demands so mainstream these days that any of today's better-trained violinists could deliver a respectable rendition--of any Vivaldi concerto for that matter. But Bell's assured performances and exceptionally vibrant sonics move this recording into the top tier--and I'm already eying my shelf to see which current occupant will have to be sacrificed." -ClassicsToday (10/10)
Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, who has enchanted audiences for two decades with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare opulence, has recorded Antonio Vivaldi's concertos The Four Seasons. Widely considered as one of the premiere violinists of his generation, Bell is joined on this studio release by the celebrated musicians of the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields, who toured the work with him prior to the recording sessions. This recording of The Four Seasons is coupled with another masterpiece of Baroque virtuosity, Giuseppe Tartini's The Devil's Trill. The liner notes by Linda Kobler explain the curious genesis of Tartini's piece and the indisputable place of Vivaldi's concertos in the history of sonata composition.
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The Magic of Lang Lang - Chopin, Mozart, etc
Chant - Music for the Soul / Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz Abbey
Bach: Violin Concertos / Julia Fischer, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, et al
Renée Fleming - Signature Roles at the Met Opera - R. Strauss: Four Last Songs [Deluxe Edition]
Fire Burning in the Snow / Skidmore, Ex Cathedra
Chopin: The Piano Concertos / Lang Lang, Zubin Mehta, Vienna PO
R. Strauss: Four Last Songs, Songs & Arias / Christian Thielemann, Renée Fleming, Munich PO
J. Anderson: Book of Hours, Symphony, etc / Oramo, Knussen
Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos / Kissin, Davis, London SO
Works DetailsVivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
- Performers: John Constable (Harpsichord); Joshua Bell (Violin)
- Notes: Air Studios, London, England (05/01/2007-05/02/2007)
- Running Time: 37 min. 37 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Concerto
- Written: 1725
Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
- Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); John Constable (Harpsichord)
- Running Time: 14 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Written: ?1740