Eight Seasons

Eight Seasons

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by Gidon Kremer
     
 

The only thing I need less than a new Piazzolla recording is another recording of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." And yet, here are the "Four Seasons" of both composers, juxtaposed by that tireless champion of the obscure, Gidon Kremer. Just why Kremer is tackling such standard fare becomes clear early on in this program. Although the music…  See more details below

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The only thing I need less than a new Piazzolla recording is another recording of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." And yet, here are the "Four Seasons" of both composers, juxtaposed by that tireless champion of the obscure, Gidon Kremer. Just why Kremer is tackling such standard fare becomes clear early on in this program. Although the music industry -- and, let's face it, anybody who wants to systematically file their recordings -- favors single-artist discs, Kremer argues quite effectively for the insights that result from such thoughtful musical contrasts. Actually, Vivaldi's and Piazzolla's music complement each other surprisingly well. Both composers drew on their respective dance and folk traditions, elevating these influences to a new level. Kremer's hand-picked ensemble of Balkan string players apply taut Vivaldi-like rigor to Piazzolla's pieces, while evoking a Piazzolla-like pictorial quality in Vivaldi's music. This may not be my first-choice pick for either set of "Seasons," but it puts both works in a new -- and illuminating -- light.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Ira Rosenblum
Pairing Vivaldi's warhorse The Four Seasons with Piazzolla's more obscure Four Seasons of Buenos Aires may seem like an oddity,...[but] the idea is intriguing, and the playing ebullient, with Kremer's violin solos adding sparkle to the mix.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597956825
catalogNumber:
79568
Rank:
13941

Tracks

  1. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Gidon Kremer  - Gidon Kremer  -  Kremerata Baltica
  2. Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle: Summer in Buenos Aires (Verano porteno)  - Astor Piazzolla  - Gidon Kremer  - Gidon Kremer  -  Kremerata Baltica
  3. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Gidon Kremer  - Gidon Kremer  -  Kremerata Baltica
  4. Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle: Autumn in Buenos Aires (Otono porteño)  - Astor Piazzolla  - Gidon Kremer  - Gidon Kremer  -  Kremerata Baltica
  5. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Gidon Kremer  - Gidon Kremer  -  Kremerata Baltica
  6. Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle: Winter in Buenos Aires (Invierno porteño)  - Astor Piazzolla  - Gidon Kremer  - Gidon Kremer  -  Kremerata Baltica
  7. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Gidon Kremer  - Gidon Kremer  -  Kremerata Baltica
  8. Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle: Spring in Buenos Aires (Primavera porteña)  - Astor Piazzolla  - Gidon Kremer  - Gidon Kremer  -  Kremerata Baltica

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I am tired of so much competition for the seasons cycle of concertos. It comprises from traditional, score-faithfullness of old chamber orchestras &#224 la I musici to up to date, avant garde period instruments who permorm these works with previously unknown dinamic contrasts, ornamentation and I would say, theater-like approach, which is what this music deserves. But the usual problem is ... what pieces do you add to fill the disc. Sorry, but I am one of those who think the majority of the other of concerti of Vivaldi are really inferior to the seasons (excepting some of the flute concerti op 10, perhaps). Not that are bad, indeed several are good, but when they are put together with the seasons, most of them are &quot lesser&quot in comparison. So when you buy a set of the seasons, you know the &quot strong point&quot are the seasons and the rest will be &quot fillers&quot , no matter which are the players you have chosen, period or modern. So this disc is truly different from the rest because here there is no &quot filler&quot . Piazzola seasons are a musically outstanding set of pieces, so different but so compelling that are truly complementary to Vivaldi&#180 s seasons. You could buy this set for P&#238 azzola, for Vivaldi or for both because both are truly sensational. And this set is unique for the performances. Leaving aside the fact that Kremer adds some &quot Vivaldian&quot quotes in Piazzola and that some Vivaldi notes are slighly modified to sound 20-th century (which are interesting but minor points), what is imoprtant to know is that his Vivaldi is firmly put in the avant - garde fashion of period practice I mentioned above in several points, like the vibrato-free sound of the orchestra sometimes, the theatrical approach and refreshing tempi and phrasing. And for Piazzola ... the arrangements are quite exciting and show what a virtuoso Kremer is. To sum up, here you have an extraordinary set of Piazzola seasons and one of the most interesting Vivaldi&#180 s that I ever heard.