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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Anthony Newman [Blu-ray audio]

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E flat major, Op. 8 no 5/RV 253 "La tempesta di mare"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in C major ("Il piacere"; "Il Cimento" no 6), Op. 8
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Notes & Reviews:

Vivaldi's universally popular Four Seasons, with its virtuoso part for solo violin, depicts the changing seasons in a pastoral landscape with dazzling variety. The composer evokes not only the changing atmospheric conditions, but also bird calls and animal cries, swaying grass, bubbling brooks, even comical drunkards and a man walking on ice. Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, who has been compared to Gidon Kremer, Nigel Kennedy and Kyung-Wha Chung, along with the talented Sejong ensemble give "an invigorating account of the Seasons" (Gramophone).

Fanfare
The Naxos Blu-ray will be the third violin Blu-ray I've studied, and I've been uniformly impressed. How does the violin sound? Any improvement in definition enhances Cho-Liang Lin's elegant tone production, but he sounds very sweet here. Of course, that can gauged only in the upper registers; Baroque composers largely avoided their thick G string's balky lower notes. But you could listen to this kind of violin tone for a long, long time, and for me, that's heaven. Strongly recommended.

Gramophone
The recording was described in these pages as "invigorating" when it first appeared on Naxos CD, and it has even greater vitality when heard in higher resolution and surround sound. It would be all too easy for this to be yet another Seasons, but this superb recording, as exciting as it is rewarding, makes a solid case for the Blu-ray audio format, and is a true delight. Highly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of Holy Trinity, New York City (09/06/2005-09/09/2005).



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performers: Lin Cho-Liang (Violin); Anthony Newman (Organ); Anthony Newman (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Trinity, New York City (09/06/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E flat major, Op. 8 no 5/RV 253 "La tempesta di mare"
  • Performers: Lin Cho-Liang (Violin); Anthony Newman (Organ); Anthony Newman (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Trinity, New York City (09/06/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in C major ("Il piacere"; "Il Cimento" no 6), Op. 8
  • Performers: Lin Cho-Liang (Violin); Anthony Newman (Harpsichord); Anthony Newman (Organ)
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Trinity, New York City (09/06/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725