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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Joshua Bell, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
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Notes & Reviews:

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.

"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)



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); John Constable (Harpsichord)
  • 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