Four Seasons: A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics

The Four Seasons: A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics

     
 

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 See more details below

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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:
01/13/2003
Label:
Dg Imports
UPC:
0028946937624
catalogNumber:
469376

Tracks

  1. 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  - Gidon Kremer  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier
  2. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Daniel Barenboim  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Pinchas Zukerman
  3. Im Frühling, overture for orchestra, Op 36  - Karl Goldmark  -  Boston Pops Orchestra  - Arthur Fiedler  - Fred Munzmaier
  4. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Daniel Barenboim  - Gunther Breest  - Fred Munzmaier
  5. Spring Song (Vårsång), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 16  - Jean Sibelius  - Nigel Boon  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Pal Christian Moe  - Fred Munzmaier
  6. Appalachian Spring, concert suite for 13 instruments: Simple Gifts  - Aaron Copland  -  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Stephen E. Paul
  7. Symphony No. 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38: 2. Larghetto  - Robert Schumann  - Daniel Barenboim  - Gunther Breest  -  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier
  8. Blumine ("Flora"), for orchestra (discarded movement from Symphony No. 1)  - Gustav Mahler  -  Boston Symphony Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Seiji Ozawa
  9. Våren (Last Spring), elegiac melody for orchestra (or piano) No. 2, Op. 34/2  - Edvard Grieg  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Fred Munzmaier
  10. Primavera porteña, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])  - Astor Piazzolla  - Nigel Boon  - Fred Munzmaier  - Göran Söllscher  - Marion Thiem
  11. Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite No. 3)  - Louis-Claude Daquin  -  Cambridge Buskers  - Michael Copley  - Fred Munzmaier  - Dag Ingram
  12. The First Day of Spring, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra  - Frederick Fennell  - Fred Munzmaier
  13. Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 410 (RV 410)  - Johann Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Lorin Maazel
  14. 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  - Zubin Mehta  - Fred Munzmaier  - Pinchas Zukerman  - Steven Paul
  15. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Rafael Kubelik  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Otto Gerdes  - Fred Munzmaier
  16. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: No. 1. Scherzo. Allegro vivace  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Rafael Kubelik  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Otto Gerdes  - Fred Munzmaier
  17. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: No. 7. Notturno. Con moto tranquillo  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Rafael Kubelik  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Otto Gerdes  - Fred Munzmaier
  18. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: No. 9. Wedding March. Allegro vivace  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Rafael Kubelik  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Otto Gerdes  - Fred Munzmaier
  19. Summer Night, suite for orchestra, Op. 123: Minuet  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Nigel Boon  - Fred Munzmaier  - Mikhail Pletnev  -  Russian National Orchestra  - Roger Wright
  20. Swedish Rhapsody No.1 'Midsommarvaka' Op. 19  - Hugo Alfvén  - Nigel Boon  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Fred Munzmaier
  21. Summer Night on the River, tone poem for orchestra (Pieces for small orchestra, No. 2), RT vi/19/2  - Frederick Delius  - Daniel Barenboim  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier
  22. Verano porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])  - Astor Piazzolla  - Nigel Boon  - Fred Munzmaier  - Göran Söllscher  - Marion Thiem
  23. Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime / A Woman is a Sometime Thing  - George Gershwin  - Fred Munzmaier  - Gil Shaham  - Akira Eguchi  - Marion Thiem
  24. Pastorale d'été, symphonic poem for chamber orchestra, H31  - Arthur Honegger  - Peter Czornyj  - Fred Munzmaier  -  Orchestre Capitole Toulouse  - Michel Plasson
  25. Summer Skies, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra  - Frederick Fennell  - Fred Munzmaier
  26. 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  - Zubin Mehta  - Shlomo Mintz  - Fred Munzmaier  - Steven Paul
  27. I høst (In Autumn), concert overture for orchestra, Op. 11  - Edvard Grieg  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Fred Munzmaier
  28. The Seasons, ballet, Op. 67: Autumn  - Alexander Glazunov  - Ernest Ansermet  -  L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  - Fred Munzmaier
  29. The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: The Harvesters  - Jean Sibelius  -  Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jussi Jalas  - Belle Schulhof
  30. Feuilles mortes, prelude for piano, L. 123/2  - Claude Debussy  - Dino Ciani  - Fred Munzmaier  - Franz-Christian Wulff
  31. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach d  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Elsa Schiller  - Lorin Maazel
  32. Harvest Hymn, for orchestra (elastic scoring) with voices ad lib.  - Percy Grainger  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Clive Bennett  - Fred Munzmaier
  33. Otoño porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])  - Astor Piazzolla  - Nigel Boon  - Fred Munzmaier  - Göran Söllscher  - Marion Thiem
  34. Song without Words for piano No. 3 in A major ("Jägerlied"), Op. 19b/3  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Daniel Barenboim  - Gunther Breest  - Fred Munzmaier
  35. String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major ("Hunt"), K. 458: 1. Allegro vivo assai  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Emerson String Quartet  - Fred Munzmaier  - Steven Paul
  36. Concertino d'automne, for 2 pianos & 8 instruments, Op. 309  - Darius Milhaud  - Darius Milhaud  - Jacqueline Bonneau  - Fred Munzmaier  -  Soloists of the Lamoureux Concert Association Orchestra  - Geneviève Joy Bonneau
  37. Cagliostro in Wein (Cagliostro in Vienna), operetta (RV 504): Auf der Jagd  - Johann Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Claudio Abbado  - Gunther Breest  - Fred Munzmaier
  38. 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  -  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Gil Shaham
  39. Concerto Grosso in C major, Op. 3/12 "Christmas Pastorale": 1. Pastorale (Largo)  - Francesco Manfredini  - Rudolf Baumgartner  -  Lucerne Festival Strings  - Hans-Ludwig Hirsch  - Fred Munzmaier
  40. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, H. 21/3: Introduction to "The Winter"  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  - Karl Bohm  - Hans-Ludwig Hirsch  - Fred Munzmaier
  41. Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183  - Emile Waldteufel  - Nigel Boon  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Fred Munzmaier
  42. The Snow is Dancing, for piano (Children's Corner No. 4), L. 113/4  - Claude Debussy  - Jörg Demus  - Fred Munzmaier  - Elsa Schiller
  43. Des pas sur la neige, prelude for piano, L. 117/6  - Claude Debussy  - Dino Ciani  - Fred Munzmaier  - Franz-Christian Wulff
  44. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 1. No. 13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)  - George Frideric Handel  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Karl Richter
  45. 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  -  Boston Symphony Orchestra  - Karl Faust  - Fred Munzmaier
  46. Invierno porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])  - Astor Piazzolla  - Nigel Boon  - Fred Munzmaier  - Göran Söllscher  - Marion Thiem
  47. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: December (Christmas)  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Richard Bonynge  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier
  48. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 2. No. 8. Scène. Andante  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  American Boychoir  - Alison Ames  -  Boston Symphony Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Seiji Ozawa
  49. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: No. 9. Valse des flocons de neige. Tempo di Valse,  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  American Boychoir  - Alison Ames  -  Boston Symphony Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Seiji Ozawa
  50. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Shepherd's Music  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Boston Pops Orchestra  - Arthur Fiedler  - Fred Munzmaier
  51. German dance for orchestra in C major ("Die Schlittenfahrt"), K. 605/3  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Boston Pops Orchestra  - Arthur Fiedler  - Fred Munzmaier
  52. Sleigh Ride, for orchestra (or string orchestra)  - Leroy Anderson  -  Boston Pops Orchestra  - Arthur Fiedler  - Fred Munzmaier

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