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Giovanni Antonio Guido: The Four Seasons / Caroline Balding, violin; The Band of Instruments

Album Summary

>Guido, Giovanni Antonio : Le Quattro Stagioni, for violin & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Giovanni Antonio Guido is one of the more mysterious and lesser known figures in baroque music, but his works are being rediscovered. This 'Four Seasons' is now believed by many to have inspired Vivaldi's more flamboyant version, but is a very fine work beautifully played.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The performances by The Band of Instruments are completely engaging. They have mastery of all the effects Guido comes up with (chirping birds, marching warriors, laughing Bacchantes, and crashing storms among them) and they play with energy, imagination, character, and poetry. Some movements - such as Muzette and Danse Des Bergers from 'Spring' - are characteristically French, and others - such as the opening of 'Summer' - lean towards the Italian style before turning to French elements such as a cuckoo's song with a "knitting" accompaniment that brings Couperin's harpsichord suites to mind. There are some human characters too, and the ensemble brings them vividly to life: for example the respectful lover (L'Amante Respectueux from 'Summer') makes a deep reverence when approaching his beloved, and the hunters pursue a deer first with surging force and then with tiptoeing stealth ('Autumn'). The present "complete" recording is a real find and a grand evening's divertissement. The musicians of The Band of Instruments prove themselves extremely fine advocates of this inventive music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: New College, Oxford (04/13/2004-04/15/2004).


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>Guido, Giovanni Antonio : Le Quattro Stagioni, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Caroline Balding (Violin)
  • Conductor: Roger Hamilton
  • Ensemble: The Band of Instruments
  • Notes: New College, Oxford (04/13/2004-04/15/2004)
  • Running Time: 66 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas