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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
     

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

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by Joshua Bell
 
Grammy® Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, who has enchanted audiences for two decades with his breathtaking playing and opulent tone, has recorded one of the most popular works in all of classical music – Antonio Vivaldi’s concertos The Four Seasons. This recording of The Four Seasons is coupled with another masterpiece of Baroque virtuosity, Giuseppe

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Grammy® Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, who has enchanted audiences for two decades with his breathtaking playing and opulent tone, has recorded one of the most popular works in all of classical music – Antonio Vivaldi’s concertos The Four Seasons. This recording of The Four Seasons is coupled with another masterpiece of Baroque virtuosity, Giuseppe Tartini’s The Devil’s Trill Sonata.

Known both for his riveting artistry and his daring choice of repertoire and collaborators, Bell is no less innovative in the way he reinvigorates Vivaldi’s perennial favorite. Bell explains his take on Vivaldi’s classic: “You will never hear two versions of The Four Seasons that are alike, which is why I think there is always room for another view of the piece. My version is very personal.”

Widely considered one of the premiere violinists of his generation, Bell is joined on this studio release by the celebrated musicians of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, who toured the work with him prior to the recording sessions. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Lindsay Kemp
Mighty fine playing. Bell has the lightness and quickness of mercury in passagework, and a smooth and sweet lyricism no less divine in the slower sections.
New York Sun - Jay Nordlinger
The Academy has a way with Baroque and Classical music. They remain firmly within interpretive bounds. But they don't forget sound and feeling. And just the same can be said of the soloist, Mr. Bell. We have here a top-drawer recording of "The Four Seasons." The first concerto, "Spring," is crisp, fresh, and delicious. It combines the "lyrical" and the "chordal," the "horizontal" and the "vertical." It is both grand and nimble — just as Vivaldi wants it to be.
Strings Magazine
An innovative, invigorated take on Vivaldi’s classic concertos.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2008
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886971101324
catalogNumber:
711013
Rank:
2673

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
vivienne280VF More than 1 year ago
I love " Vivaldi: The Four Seasons by Joshua Bell". Mr. Bell's interpretation is so inspirational that I've played it for my students in the classroom. Parents have commented that the music is so beautiful. And for some families who have just immigrated to the United States, they have said the melodic sound of the violin reminds them of music from their country. It's such a great album to introduce classical music to a new generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here we have joshua bell at his best. The selections are the four seasons as usual, but bell makes them his own.
ashleyohtori More than 1 year ago
Josh Bell, an extremely talented violinist, gives a good performance to the four seasons. While the technical aspect is clearly there, the interpretation of an authentic baroque styling clearly lacks. The almost mechanical nature lacks fire, vigor, and the improvisatory aspect in the ritornello concerto form of the Four Seasons to give an interesting unique performance. For an absolutely fantastic modern recording of the four seasons check out Janine Jansen's recording.
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