This 180g vinyl audiophile vinyl LP features the 1987 performance of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons by violinist Salvatore Accardo.
A Tribute to Stradivari: "During the period of his apprenticeship in Nicola Amati's workshop, Stradivari began to modify the form of the instruments he was constructing, first by reducing the dimensions of the arching and then - during a period of intense experimentation - by changing the position of the sound-holes, the dimensions of the entire resonance chamber, the working of the scroll, the thickness of the wood, and, most important, the chemical composition of the varnish coating.
"But it is at the beginning of the new century that his violins attain their greatest elegance of design and best sound quality: this 'golden age' saw not only the perfection of formal design and choice of dimensions, but also extreme care in the choice and treatment of materials, so that a quality and ease of sound production was achieved that, even today, remains a paragon for violin-makers and is highly regarded by the most famous violinists.
"Some of the most splendid of these instruments have been chosen by Salvatore Accardo for this concert of music by Vivaldi recorded live at the fifth Cremona Festival. In particular, Accardo has decided to highlight the qualities peculiar to some of them by allowing them to be heard as solo instruments one after the other in the famous series of four concertos by Vivaldi, "Le quattro stagioni." Taken from the collection "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'invenzione," Op. 8, these concertos may be regarded as Vivaldi's most serious attempt to obtain new sonorities and variety of effects within the traditional form of the concerto gross; thus they represent the perfect showcase for the sound qualities of the solo instruments." - from liner notes by Luca Tutino: English translation by Michael Ferris
Features: • 180g Vinyl • Gatefold jacket with gold foil stamping & obi strip • Made in Japan
Musicians: Salvatore Accardo, violin 1 I Solisti Delle Settimane Internazionali di Napoli Margaret Batjer (RV 551, solo III), violini Sylvie Gazeau (RV 580, solo III), violini Ida Levin (RV 551, solo II), violini Victor Martin (RV 580, solo IV), violini Mariana Sirbu (RV 580, solo II), violini Alfonso Ghedin, viole Toby Hoffman, viole Rocco Filippini, violoncelli Peter Wiley, violoncelli Francho Petracchi, contrabbasso Bruno Canino, clavicembalo
Selections: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Side A: Le Quattro Stagioni Concerti per violino, archi e continuo from. aus. extr. de "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'invenzione", Op. 8 Concerto n. 1 in Mi maggiore, RV 269 in E. E-dur. en Mi "La Primavera" 1. Allegro 2. Largo 3. Allegro (Danza pastorale) Concerto n. 2 in sol minore, RV315 in G minor, g-moll. en sol "L'Estate" 4. Allegro non molto 5. Allegro 6. Adagio - Presto - Adagio 7. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate) Concerto n. 3 in Fa maggiore, RV 293 in F. F-dur. en Fa "L'Autunno" 8. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de'villanelli) 9. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti) 10. Allegro (La caccia) Side B: Concerto n. 4 in fa minore, RV 297 in F minor. f-moll. en fa "L'Inverno" 1. Allegro non molto 2. Largo 3. Allegro Concerto in si minore, RV 580 in B minor. h-moll. en si - per 4 violini, archi e continuo 4. Allegro 5. Largo 6. Larghetto - Adagio - Largo - Allegro Concerto in Fa maggiore, RV 551 In F. F-dur. en Fa - per 3 violini, archi e continuo 7. Allegro 8. Andante 9. (Allegro)