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Nigel Kennedy - Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons (2014) [Re-Up]

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Nigel Kennedy - Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons (2014) [Re-Up]

Nigel Kennedy - Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Classical Crossover, Contemporary | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875076722 | Time: 01:01:21

If anyone has earned the right to mess around with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons it is Nigel Kennedy, the violin world’s Marmite violinist. Remember how fresh he made this music sound on his recording of a quarter-century ago? This latest version offers a ferment of all he’s played since – concertos, jazz, Jimi Hendrix. It’s affectionate and irreverent in equal measure, and Kennedy and his Orchestra of Life never sound less than riveting. Pretty much all Vivaldi’s notes are there; around, above and in between them come interjections, overlays and linking passages involving guest musicians from jazz and rock: Orphy Robinson, Damon Reece, Z-Star and others. Spring is welcomed in by a distant-sounding intro on an electric-guitar. Summer’s storms bring forth bursts of crazily sampled static. Autumn tears off at a cracking pace, but with a jazz trumpet sauntering lazily over the top. It all sounds like a colossal jam session from the inside of a Botticelli painting.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti (2000) [Re-Up]

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti (2000) [Re-Up]

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti (2000)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 151 | Time: 01:14:03

The popular Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment presents a fantastic and exuberantly played selection of Vivaldi. Named a ‘Choice' recording by Gramophone upon release, the OAE joyfully celebrate some of Vivaldi's finest instrumental writing. The soloists are drawn from within the distinguished ranks of the OAE including Anthony Robson (oboe), Andrew Clark (horn), Roger Montgomery (horn), David Watkin (cello), Lisa Beznosiuk (flute), Elizabeth Kenny (lute) and Catherine Mackintosh (viola). The concertos assembled on this disc afford the listener a glimpse of Vivaldi's originality, not only as a sensitive colourist and master of form, but also as a felicitous melodist whose harmonies and phraseology are charged with heady atmosphere. The dancing rhythms and distinctive characters of these concerti together with the variety of instrumental combinations and sparkling performances make this a fresh and constantly engaging listen.

Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica - Eight Seasons: Vivaldi / Piazzolla (2000) [Re-Up]

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Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica - Eight Seasons: Vivaldi / Piazzolla (2000) [Re-Up]

Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica - Eight Seasons: Vivaldi / Piazzolla (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:03:54
Classical, Baroque, Contemporary, Tango | Label: Nonesuch | # 79568-2

Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer's 2000 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.

Michel Schwalbe, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert Von Karajan - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (1972) Japanese Reissue 2004

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Michel Schwalbe, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert Von Karajan - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (1972) Japanese Reissue 2004

Antonio Vivaldi - Le Quattro Stagioni (1972) Japanese Reissue 2004
Michel Schwalbé, violin solo; Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Herbert Von Karajan

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon, Universal | # UCCG-9503 | Time: 00:42:45

Karajan could be so expressive, with the big sound of the Berlin Philharmonic, in Vivaldi's very famous Magnum Opus. Solo violinist Michel Schwalbe is also terrific, quiet and bold alternately, as needed.

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013) [Re-Up]

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Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013) [Re-Up]

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013)
Vivaldi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Johannes Brahms, Arvo Pärt, Frédéric Chopin, P.I. Tchaikovsky
Jules Massenet, Max Bruch, Vittorio Monti, Nigel Hess, John Williams, Carlos Gardel

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5338 DH | Time: 01:16:06

Just 26 years old, Nicola Benedetti has been making chart-topping recordings for 10 years. This album celebrates the best of those recordings, and her other successes – from winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, to her 2012 best-selling album ‘The Silver Violin’, the highest charting classical instrumental album in the UK of the last two decades. A collection of great violin music – from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending to the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos and Arvo Part’s Spiegel Im Spiegel. Featuring brand new recordings – Brahms’ invigorating Hungarian Dance no. 5, Monti’s ever-popular Czardas, and Chopin’s emotional Nocturne in C# minor. The album includes Nicola performing with leading orchestras and conductors, as well as some of her favorite chamber players. This album showcases the incredible range of Nicola’s playing and demonstrates her wide appeal. In January 2013 Nicola was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to music and charity.

Christophe Coin, Christopher Hogwood - Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Sonatas (1989)

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Christophe Coin, Christopher Hogwood - Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Sonatas (1989)

Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Sonatas (1989)
Christophe Coin, cello; Christopher Hogwood, harpsichord

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 305 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans ~ 48 Mb
Classical, Baroque | Label: Decca, L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 421 060-2 | 01:11:50

Nine cello sonatas by Vivaldi have survived. Six of them were published as a set in Paris in about 1740; that set, mistakenly known as the composer's Op. 14, contains the sonatas recorded in this release. The three remaining sonatas come from manuscript collections. All but one of the six works are cast in the slow-fast-slow-fast pattern of movements of the sonata da chiesa. The odd one out, RV46, in fact, retains the four movement sequence but inclines towards the sonata da camera in the use of dance titles. The music of these sonatas is almost consistently interesting, often reaching high points of expressive eloquence, as we find, for example, in the justifiably popular Sonata in E minor, RV40. Christophe Coin brings to life these details in the music with technical assurance and a spirit evidently responsive to its poetic content. Particularly affecting instances of this occur in the third movements of the A minor and the E minor Sonatas where Coin shapes each phrase, lovingly achieving at the same time a beautifully sustained cantabile.

Monica Huggett, Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer - Antonio Vivaldi: La Cetra, Op. 9 (1987) 2CDs

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Monica Huggett, Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer - Antonio Vivaldi: La Cetra, Op. 9 (1987) 2CDs

Antonio Vivaldi: La Cetra, Op. 9 (1987) 2CDs
Monica Huggett (violin); Raglan Baroque Players; Nicholas Kraemer, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 545 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 270 Mb | Scans ~ 32 Mb
Classical | Label: EMI | # CDS 7 47829 8 | Time: 01:56:39

For all the charges of unacceptable schematicism levelled at Vivaldi and his kind, Monica Huggett, as supremely imaginative as well as technically and stylistically accomplished an exponent of the baroque violin as any, demonstrates clearly that this music benefits from the guiding hand of a charismatic interpreter: her delivery of Vivaldi’s exuberant, even manic, inspiration is never less than involving and, in the slow movements, never less than touching.

Nils-Erik Sparf, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8 (1985)

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Nils-Erik Sparf, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8 (1985)

Antonio Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons), Op.8 (1985)
Nils-Erik Sparf, baroque violin; Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 99 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-275 | Time: 00:39:58

If listeners had to commit to a single version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons for the rest of their lives, this 1984 BIS recording would be thoroughly satisfying choice. Superbly played, brilliantly recorded period instrument performances of this perennial masterpiece are all but a dime a dozen, and the differences between Hogwood's and Pinnock's and Harnoncourt's readings don't begin to make up for the fatal boredom of their performances. This version with Nils-Erik Sparf and the Drottningholm Court Baroque Ensemble would be an ideal choice because theirs is the freshest performance of the piece. Beyond their excellent technique and impeccable sense of style, Sparf and the Swedish musicians bring joy and enthusiasm to the music, and sound like they are in turn receiving happiness and energy from the music. There's real pleasure here, and real affection, as if the concertos were newly composed and these were their world premieres. Filled out with witty accounts of Vivaldi's F major Concerto for Bassoon and his G minor Concerto for Flute and Bassoon, this disc is a delight.

Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts: Bruch, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Elgar, Mendelssohn (2005) [Re-Up]

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Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts: Bruch, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Elgar, Mendelssohn (2005) [Re-Up]

Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts (2005)
Max Bruch, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Antonio Vivaldi, Felix Mendelssohn, Edward Elgar

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 394 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 0946 3 31049 2 1 | Time: 01:09:33

Medieval Baebes and other far greater shocks to the bourgeoisie have come along. Wild adventures placed under the rubric of performances of Vivaldi's Four Seasons are commonplace. Yet Nigel Kennedy continues to roost atop the classical sales charts in Europe, and even to command a decent following in the U.S. despite a low American tolerance for British eccentricity. How does he do it? He has kept reinventing himself successfully. Perhaps he's the classical world's version of Madonna: he's possessed of both unerring commercial instincts and with enough of a sense of style to be able to dress them up as forms of rebellion. Inner Thoughts is a collection of slow movements – inner movements of famous concertos from Bach and Vivaldi to Brahms, Bruch, and Elgar.

Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008) [Re-Up]

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Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008) [Re-Up]

Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008)
with Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; John Constable, harpsichord

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697 35705 2 | Time: 00:53:58

When the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields began to popularize Vivaldi's music in the 1970s, it was on the cutting edge with its light, warm chamber orchestra sound, burnished to technical perfection yet sounding completely different from its symphonic cousins. Now, a recording like this one, with star violinist Joshua Bell, sounds conservative in comparison with young bucks like Fabio Biondi on the historical-performance side or even the young Dutch firebrand Janine Jansen. This big-budget (by classical standards) release is the kind of thing you don't see so often now, with a big poster showing Bell carefully decked out in a partially undone tie, as well as individual full-color cards reproducing, in Italian and English, the descriptive seasonal sonnets that provide the program for the four concertos. It could have collapsed under its own weight, but Bell pulls it off. Conducting the Academy strings himself, he forges tight, not-overly-sweet recordings of Vivaldi's four familiar concertos, with a nice contrast between orchestra and solo that showcases his easy, compelling agility and his Heifetz-like sharpness and brilliance.

Raphael Wallfisch, City of London Sinfonia, Nicholas Kraemer - Vivaldi: Complete Cello Concertos, Vol. 1-4 (1995) 4CD [Re-Up]

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Raphael Wallfisch, City of London Sinfonia, Nicholas Kraemer - Vivaldi: Complete Cello Concertos, Vol. 1-4 (1995) 4CD [Re-Up]

Antonio Vivaldi - Cello Concerti, Volume 1-4 (1995) 4CDs
Raphael Wallfisch, cello; City of London Sinfonia; Nicholas Kraemer, director & harpsichord

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 570 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550907-8.550910 | Time: 03:57:58

Naxos intend to record Vivaldi’s entire orchestral corpus, and Raphael Wallfisch’s integral four-disc survey of the 27 cello concertos inaugurates this visionary, though plainly Herculean undertaking. Soloist and orchestra employ modern instruments; director Nicholas Kraemer contends that authentic protocols can be ably met by contemporary ensembles and, in articulation, style and ornamentation, these pristine, engaging readings have little to fear from period practitioners. Wallfisch’s pointed, erudite and spirited playing is supported with enlightened restraint by the CLS, directed from either harpsichord or chamber organ by Kraemer, whose sensitive continuo team merits high praise throughout. Without exception, these Concertos adopt an orthodox fast-slow-fast three-movement format. Wallfisch, dutifully observant in matters of textual fidelity, plays outer movements with verve, energy and lucidity, such that high-register passagework, an omnipresent feature of these works, is enunciated with the pin-sharp focus of Canaletto’s images of 18th-century Venice, which adorn the covers of these issues.

I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos: Torelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Manfredini, Tartini, Locatelli, Corelli (1993) [Re-Up]

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I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos: Torelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Manfredini, Tartini, Locatelli, Corelli (1993) [Re-Up]

I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos (1993) Reissue 2005
Giuseppe Torelli - Antonio Vivaldi - Georg Friedrich Händel - Francesco Manfredini
Giuseppe Tartini - Pietro Antonio Locatelli - Arcangelo Corelli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Denon | # COCO-70776 | Time: 00:52:34

The Italian ensemble I Virtuosi di Roma's long tradition of performing classics of the Italian Baroque pioneered in many ways the contemporary revival of early music. When its founder, Renato Fazzano, passed away the group disbanded, but a regrouping of sorts took place in the early 80s with eight members of the original group. The new ensemble, which calls itself I Solisti Italiani, has continued the Fazzano legacy, emphasizing line and grace in presenting particularly the works of Vivaldi.

Kalev Kuljus, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra - Vivaldi, Marcello, Telemann, J.S. Bach: Concertos for oboe & oboe d'amore (2018)

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Kalev Kuljus, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra - Vivaldi, Marcello, Telemann, J.S. Bach: Concertos for oboe & oboe d'amore (2018)

Vivaldi, Marcello, Telemann, J.S. Bach: Concertos for oboe & oboe d'amore (2018)
Kalev Kuljus, oboe, oboe d'amore, conductor; Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Alba Records | # ABCD 411 | Time: 00:55:00

Hamburg-based Estonian oboist Kalev Kuljus earned his music degrees from the Estonian Academy of Music, the Lyon National Conservatory, and the Music University Karlsruhe. He has performed alongside many renowned orchestras, including the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Kuljus’s repertoire covers music from Baroque to Contemporary, and many Estonian composers have dedicated works to him. This album, Kuljus’s debut, includes some of the most loved oboe concertos from the Baroque era from Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach, and Marcello. Working alongside the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Kuljus sounds at his very best in these recordings.