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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Roby Lakatos, violin; Brussels Chamber Orchestra et al.

Album Summary

>Cséki, Kálmán : Alpha
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Cséki, Kálmán : Omega
>Anonymous : Ave Maria
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Notes & Reviews:

A totally unique encounter between the most-loved classical work and the most formidable violinist ever! For the first time, violin genius Roby Lakatos records a universally acclaimed work from the classical repertoire in its entirety: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. In a highly personal vision of this baroque masterpiece, the Gypsy Maestro mixes the solo part with some improvisations featuring his mighty arsenal of fiddle showmanship.

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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Dada, Brussels (07/06/2014-07/09/2014).

The cover may clue you in that you're not getting a conventional recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons here, but just in case that doesn't do the job, this is, in the words of violinist Roby Lakatos (who writes his own utterly distinctive notes), "Vivaldi alla Gypsy." This involves not only a cimbalom but, in some sections, wholesale rewriting of Vivaldi's score (the central movement of "Winter" brings the biggest departure). Lakatos says that he made the album because his label wanted him to record a classical repertory work, but the links between the gypsy tradition and the classics is centuries old, and Lakatos comes from a musical family that taught Franz Liszt back in the day. Lakatos is undoubtedly an exciting and dynamic player. One might object that the logic in when he sticks to the score and when he takes it merely as a stimulus to new music-making is not entirely clear. Moreover, Lakatos frames the Four Seasons with a pair of works by Kálmán Céski, whom he calls "my brother in soul." These are intended to situate the Four Seasons in history, but they proceed from dreamy choral sounds to rock and jazz accents, and it's not clear how they're supposed to do that. The program is so eclectic that it is in danger of not hanging together, and it concludes, to boot, with a vocally overdubbed Ave Maria by Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia that Lakatos calls "a return to Paradise, a tribute to the divine." Wild as it all sounds, there's an exuberance that keeps you listening. And the basic idea of a gypsy Four Seasons is indeed perfectly reasonable. Probably not a major entry in the Vivaldi canon, but certainly of great interest for those interested in the great tradition of gypsy music. ~ James Manheim



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>Cséki, Kálmán : Alpha
  • Performers: Dominque Corbiau (Voice); Kálmán Cséki (Keyboards); Kálmán Cséki (Organ); Kálmán Cséki (Synthesizer); Gabriel Laufer (Percussion); Gabriel Laufer (Timpani); Gabriel Laufer (Vibraphone); Lakatos Róbert (Drums); Lakatos Róbert (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Brussels Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performers: Lakatos Róbert (Drums); Lakatos Róbert (Violin)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Cséki, Kálmán : Omega
  • Performers: Dominque Corbiau (Voice); Kálmán Cséki (Keyboards); Kálmán Cséki (Organ); Kálmán Cséki (Synthesizer); Kalman Jr (Piano); Gabriel Laufer (Percussion); Gabriel Laufer (Timpani); Gabriel Laufer (Vibraphone); Laszlo Lisztes; Lakatos Róbert (Drums); Lakatos Róbert (Violin)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Dominque Corbiau (Voice); Kálmán Cséki (Keyboards); Kálmán Cséki (Organ); Kálmán Cséki (Synthesizer); Gabriel Laufer (Percussion); Gabriel Laufer (Timpani); Gabriel Laufer (Vibraphone); Lakatos Róbert (Drums); Lakatos Róbert (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance