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Vivaldi: Four Seasons; Rebel: Les Elements

Album Summary

>Rebel, Jean-Féry : Les Elements, simphonie nouvelle for 2 violins, 2 flutes & continuo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
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Notes & Reviews:

This new disc follows on from the stage production in which the orchestra joined forces with a dancer (available on DVD as HAR 9909026). Encouraged by the outstanding success of these performances, violinist Midori Seiler and the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin were keen to re-record the works in the studio. Although free from all choreographic intentions, their interpretation was still profoundly influenced by the experience. This is the first time the group has recorded Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and a rare appearance for the evergreen work on the harmonia mundi label.

The Telegraph
Werner Güra is supremely intelligent and musically precise. His performance is always elegant and lucid

The Times
Vivaldi's Four Seasons has been almost played into the ground, yet even the most jaded ears should perk up with this performance by Berlin's crack period instrument troupe. There is plenty of thrust and character detail (storm, buzzing flies, barking dog), but nothing is pushed to excess.

The Independent
Berlin's Akademie delivers an elegant performance with piquant avian effects.

BBC Music Magazine
A Four Seasons on autopilot from these period instrument players was never going to happen and the result is thrillingly visceral. Seiler hasn't set out merely to stand apart from the crowd...she and the Berliners have simply insisted on taking nothing for granted...the sheer flair of this new release dazzles as much as it delights.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (09/2009).


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Works Details

>Jean-Féry Rebel (1666 - 1747) : Les Éléments, simphonie nouvelle for 2 violins, 2 flutes & continuo
  • Conductor: Georg Kallweit
  • Running Time: 22 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1737

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performer: Midori Seiler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer
  • Running Time: 34 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725