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Antonio Vivaldi

Le Quattro Stagioni

  • The Four Seasons, Op. 8 #1-4 (1725)
  • Concerto for Violin "La primavera" in E Major, RV 269
  • Concerto for Violin "L'estate" in G minor, RV 315
  • Concerto for Violin "L'autunno" in F Major, RV 293
  • Concerto for Violin "L'inverno" in F minor, RV 297
  • Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461
  • Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 8 #9, RV 454
Andrew Manze, violin
Marcel Ponseele, oboe
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Ton Koopman
Warner Maestro 2564-69173-9 56m DDD
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This famous recording has now been reissued at budget price and it is of course extremely welcome on all counts. Manze's delightful playing brings ravishing colour and zest to the outer movements of these evergreen concertos whilst he is more than ably supported by the genial Ton Koopman and his excellent Amsterdam players.

The two Oboe Concertos also receive fine interpretations by Marcel Ponseele who gets to the heart of the matter in almost effortless resolve. Excellent sound and presentation round off a most desirable disc.

Copyright © 2009, Gerald Fenech