Kremerata Baltica/Gidon Kremer: Eight Seasons

Track List

>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/1: Allegro
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/1: Largo e pianissimo sempre
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/1: Allegro
>Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle: Summer in Buenos Aires (Verano porteno)
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/2: Allegro non molto
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/2: Adagio
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/2: Presto
>Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle: Autumn in Buenos Aires (Otono porteño)
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/3: 1st Movement
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/3: 2nd Movement
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/3: 3rd Movement
>Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle: Winter in Buenos Aires (Invierno porteño)
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/4: Allegro non molto
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/4: Largo
>Four Seasons, The (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Violin Concerto Op. 8/4: Allegro
>Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle: Spring in Buenos Aires (Primavera porteña)

Album Notes

Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer's 1999 release Eight Seasons is a conceptual masterwork. Kremer, long known for his skillful interpretations of Astor Piazzolla's Argentinean tangos, had the brilliant idea of matching four of the Latin master's tone poems of the seasons in his native Buenos Aires with Antonio Vivaldi's conceptually similar masterpiece "The Four Seasons," alternating seasons between the two works. Besides the conceptual perfection of the idea, the performances are exquisite. Kremer and his conservatory orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, do a particularly masterful job with the Vivaldi, avoiding the ornate bloat that affects so many recordings of this work. Their performances are brisk and to-the-point, with bright tempos that add a vitality not often found in this rather shopworn old standard. As always, Kremer's solos in the Piazzolla works are absolutely superb, with the dramatic flourishes of the massed string section providing startling counterpoint, especially on the breathtaking "Verano Porteno." Eight Seasons is a truly remarkable work by an underrated performer. ~ Stewart Mason



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