The Four Seasons: A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
It's a bit depressing how many new releases from the "major" classical labels these days consist of recycled old recordings, but give Deutsche Grammophon credit for the thinking that obviously went into this four-CD box entitled The Four Seasons: A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics. In a way, this is yet another milking of the perennially salable Vivaldi "Four Seasons"; each of the four discs Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter opens with a complete performance of its respective concerto from that set, in the Gil Shaham recording with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. But then they continue with seasonal pieces drawn from all over the historical spectrum. There's another ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
It's a bit depressing how many new releases from the "major" classical labels these days consist of recycled old recordings, but give Deutsche Grammophon credit for the thinking that obviously went into this four-CD box entitled The Four Seasons: A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics. In a way, this is yet another milking of the perennially salable Vivaldi "Four Seasons"; each of the four discs Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter opens with a complete performance of its respective concerto from that set, in the Gil Shaham recording with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. But then they continue with seasonal pieces drawn from all over the historical spectrum. There's another complete set of four seasons: Astor Piazzolla's "Cuatro estaciones porteñas," with which the Vivaldi concertos have been combined before. Beyond that is an enjoyable grab bag of old favorites Waldteufel's "Les patineurs" for winter and selections from Mendelssohn's music for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," for example along with music one might not have thought of Leroy Anderson's "The First Day of Spring". The result is a fun package at a budget price $30.98 list that should be thoroughly enjoyed by the crossover audience it's aimed at, but that also has something to offer even hardcore enthusiasts who already own every minute of this music. How have the musical semiotics of the seasons remained consistent across styles, and how have they been forced to change? What do you do when that favorite sixth scale degree that says "spring" now also says "folk"? These discs offer a chance to ruminate on questions like those, even as they provide seasonally appropriate music for any party or gathering. The elegant but nontechnical notes by Raymond Tuttle invite everyone in.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2003
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • UPC: 028946937624
  • Catalog Number: 469376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269 - Antonio Vivaldi & Claudio Abbado (9:13)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byClaudio Abbado
    Performed byClaudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1 Allegro
    2. 2 Largo e pianissimo sempre
    3. 3 Danza pastorale. Allegro
  2. 4 The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Daniel Barenboim (13:34)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Conducted byDaniel Barenboim
    Performed byDaniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra
  3. 5 Im Frühling, overture for orchestra, Op 36 - Karl Goldmark & Boston Pops Orchestra (9:38)
    Composed byKarl Goldmark
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  4. 6 Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & Daniel Barenboim (2:10)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
  5. 7 Spring Song (Vårsång), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 16 - Jean Sibelius & Nigel Boon (7:50)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Göteborgs Symfoniker
  6. 8 Appalachian Spring, concert suite for 13 instruments: Simple Gifts - Aaron Copland & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (3:30)
    Composed byAaron Copland
    Performed byOrpheus Chamber Orchestra
  7. 9 Symphony No. 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38: 2. Larghetto - Robert Schumann & Daniel Barenboim (7:34)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
    Conducted byDaniel Barenboim
    Performed byDaniel Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  8. 10 Blumine ("Flora"), for orchestra (discarded movement from Symphony No. 1) - Gustav Mahler & Boston Symphony Orchestra (5:59)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted bySeiji Ozawa
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa
  9. 11 Våren (Last Spring), elegiac melody for orchestra (or piano) No. 2, Op. 34/2 - Edvard Grieg & Neeme Jarvi (4:46)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Göteborgs Symfoniker
  10. 12 Primavera porteña, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons]) - Astor Piazzolla & Nigel Boon (3:50)
    Composed byAstor Piazzolla
  11. 13 Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite No. 3) - Louis-Claude Daquin & Cambridge Buskers (2:08)
    Composed byLouis-Claude Daquin
  12. 14 The First Day of Spring, for orchestra - Leroy Anderson & Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra (2:50)
    Composed byLeroy Anderson
    Conducted byFrederick Fennell
    Performed byEastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  13. 15 Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 410 (RV 410) - Johann Strauss II & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (6:01)
    Composed byJohann Strauss II
    Conducted byLorin Maazel
    Performed byVienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2), Op. 8/2, RV 315 - Antonio Vivaldi & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (10:39)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byZubin Mehta
    Performed byIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta
    1. 1 Allegro non molto
    2. 2 Adagio - Presto
    3. 3 Presto
  2. 4 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 - Felix Mendelssohn & Rafael Kubelik (11:45)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
    Conducted byRafael Kubelik
    Performed byRafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  3. 5 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: No. 1. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Felix Mendelssohn & Rafael Kubelik (4:43)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
    Conducted byRafael Kubelik
    Performed byRafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  4. 6 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: No. 7. Notturno. Con moto tranquillo - Felix Mendelssohn & Rafael Kubelik (5:33)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
    Conducted byRafael Kubelik
    Performed byRafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  5. 7 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: No. 9. Wedding March. Allegro vivace - Felix Mendelssohn & Rafael Kubelik (4:47)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
    Conducted byRafael Kubelik
    Performed byRafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  6. 8 Summer Night, suite for orchestra, Op. 123: Minuet - Sergey Prokofiev & Nigel Boon (2:46)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
    Conducted byMikhail Pletnev
    Performed byMikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra
  7. 9 Swedish Rhapsody No.1 'Midsommarvaka' Op. 19 - Hugo Alfvén & Nigel Boon (12:46)
    Composed byHugo Alfvén
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Göteborgs Symfoniker
  8. 10 Summer Night on the River, tone poem for orchestra (Pieces for small orchestra, No. 2), RT vi/19/2 - Frederick Delius & Daniel Barenboim (5:45)
    Composed byFrederick Delius
    Conducted byDaniel Barenboim
    Performed byDaniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra
  9. 11 Verano porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons]) - Astor Piazzolla & Nigel Boon (4:18)
    Composed byAstor Piazzolla
  10. 12 Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime / A Woman is a Sometime Thing - George Gershwin & Fred Munzmaier (3:35)
    Composed byGeorge Gershwin
  11. 13 Pastorale d'été, symphonic poem for chamber orchestra, H31 - Arthur Honegger & Peter Czornyj (9:00)
    Composed byArthur Honegger
    Conducted byMichel Plasson
    Performed byOrchestre Capitole Toulouse, Michel Plasson
  12. 14 Summer Skies, for orchestra - Leroy Anderson & Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra (3:02)
    Composed byLeroy Anderson
    Conducted byFrederick Fennell
    Performed byEastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F major ("L'autunno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 3), Op.8/3, RV 293 - Antonio Vivaldi & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (10:57)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byZubin Mehta
    Performed byIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta
    1. 1 Allegro
    2. 2 Adagio molto
    3. 3 Allegro
  2. 4 I høst (In Autumn), concert overture for orchestra, Op. 11 - Edvard Grieg & Neeme Jarvi (11:17)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Göteborgs Symfoniker
  3. 5 The Seasons, ballet, Op. 67: Autumn - Alexander Glazunov & Ernest Ansermet (9:29)
    Composed byAlexander Glazunov
    Conducted byErnest Ansermet
    Performed byErnest Ansermet, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  4. 6 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: The Harvesters - Jean Sibelius & Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra (2:27)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Conducted byJussi Jalas
    Performed byHungarian State Symphony Orchestra, Jussi Jalas
  5. 7 Feuilles mortes, prelude for piano, L. 123/2 - Claude Debussy & Dino Ciani (4:59)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
  6. 8 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach d - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (9:28)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byLorin Maazel
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel
  7. 9 Harvest Hymn, for orchestra (elastic scoring) with voices ad lib. - Percy Grainger & Neville Marriner (3:43)
    Composed byPercy Grainger
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  8. 10 Otoño porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons]) - Astor Piazzolla & Nigel Boon (3:55)
    Composed byAstor Piazzolla
  9. 11 Song without Words for piano No. 3 in A major ("Jägerlied"), Op. 19b/3 - Felix Mendelssohn & Daniel Barenboim (2:12)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
  10. 12 String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major ("Hunt"), K. 458: 1. Allegro vivo assai - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Emerson String Quartet (8:24)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  11. 13 Concertino d'automne, for 2 pianos & 8 instruments, Op. 309 - Darius Milhaud & Darius Milhaud (9:50)
    Composed byDarius Milhaud
    Conducted byDarius Milhaud
    Performed byDarius Milhaud
  12. 14 Cagliostro in Wein (Cagliostro in Vienna), operetta (RV 504): Auf der Jagd - Johann Strauss II & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2:11)
    Composed byJohann Strauss II
    Conducted byClaudio Abbado
    Performed byVienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297 - Antonio Vivaldi & Alison Ames (8:43)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Performed byOrpheus Chamber Orchestra
    1. 1 Allegro non molto
    2. 2 Largo
    3. 3 Allegro
  2. 4 Concerto Grosso in C major, Op. 3/12 "Christmas Pastorale": 1. Pastorale (Largo) - Francesco Manfredini & Rudolf Baumgartner (4:20)
    Composed byFrancesco Manfredini
    Conducted byRudolf Baumgartner
    Performed byRudolf Baumgartner
  3. 5 Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, H. 21/3: Introduction to "The Winter" - Franz Joseph Haydn & Vienna Symphony Orchestra (2:39)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted byKarl Bohm
    Performed byVienna Symphony Orchestra, Karl Bohm
  4. 6 Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183 - Emile Waldteufel & Nigel Boon (8:46)
    Composed byEmile Waldteufel
    Conducted byNeeme Jarvi
    Performed byNeeme Jarvi, Göteborgs Symfoniker
  5. 7 The Snow is Dancing, for piano (Children's Corner No. 4), L. 113/4 - Jörg Demus & Claude Debussy (2:21)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
  6. 8 Des pas sur la neige, prelude for piano, L. 117/6 - Claude Debussy & Dino Ciani (4:47)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
  7. 9 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) - George Frideric Handel & London Philharmonic Orchestra (3:05)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byKarl Richter
    Performed byLondon Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Richter
  8. 10 Symphony No. 1 in G minor ("Winter Dreams"), Op. 13: 2. O land of gloom, O land of mist! - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Michael Tilson Thomas (10:46)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byMichael Tilson Thomas
    Performed byMichael Tilson Thomas, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  9. 11 Invierno porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons]) - Astor Piazzolla & Nigel Boon (4:22)
    Composed byAstor Piazzolla
  10. 12 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: December (Christmas) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Richard Bonynge (4:11)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byRichard Bonynge
    Performed byRichard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra
  11. 13 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 2. No. 8. Scène. Andante - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & The American Boychoir (4:17)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted bySeiji Ozawa
    Performed byThe American Boychoir, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa
  12. 14 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: No. 9. Valse des flocons de neige. Tempo di Valse, - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & The American Boychoir (6:24)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted bySeiji Ozawa
    Performed byThe American Boychoir, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa
  13. 15 Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Shepherd's Music - Johann Sebastian Bach & Boston Pops Orchestra (7:29)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  14. 16 German dance for orchestra in C major ("Die Schlittenfahrt"), K. 605/3 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Boston Pops Orchestra (2:54)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  15. 17 Sleigh Ride, for orchestra (or string orchestra) - Leroy Anderson & Boston Pops Orchestra (2:58)
    Composed byLeroy Anderson
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
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