Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Albinoni: Adagio in G; Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Albinoni: Adagio in G; Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G

by Herbert von KarajanHerbert von Karajan


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Since they are Baroque concertos for solo violin, strings, and continuo, Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" are most frequently played today with an acute awareness of period practice, and since the 1980s, recordings of performances in authentic style have proliferated. However, in the early '70s, when violinist Michel Schwalbé and conductor Herbert von Karajan recorded these perennial favorites with the Berlin Philharmonic, there was still a preference among musicians and listeners alike for the fuller and richer sound a modern string orchestra could provide, and the dominant way to play Vivaldi was straightforward and almost completely unadorned, without any of the embellishments or stylistic refinements brought about by early music scholarship. Therefore, this album of the "Four Seasons," packaged with performances of the so-called "Albinoni Adagio" by Remo Giazotto and the "Christmas Concerto" of Arcangelo Corelli, will appeal to listeners who grew up with romanticized string sonorities and a liking for Herbert von Karajan's strong style of conducting. While casual classical listeners may enjoy these energetic performances, and Karajan's fans will want the disc for the sake of completeness, this CD has become dated and is of little interest to students of period practice, except as a curiosity of how Vivaldi was once played in the 20th century. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is big and robust, and the music comes across with directness and clarity.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/1985
Label: Dg Imports
UPC: 0028941530127
catalogNumber: 4153012


  1. Violin Concerto ("La Primavera", The Four Seasons) for violin, strings & continuo in E ("Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269
  2. Violin Concerto ("L'estate", The Four Seasons) for violin, strings & continuo in G minor, Op. 8/2, RV 315
  3. Violin Concerto ("L'autunno", The Four Seasons), for violin, strings & continuo in F major ("Il cimento" No. 3), Op.8/3, RV 293
  4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297
  5. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): Arranged by Remo Giazotto
  6. Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Concerto grosso in G minor, per la notte di natae,

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