While there is certainly no lack of recordings of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, this recording gives a radically new insight into the well known work, and that within the framework of so called historical performance practice.
Our version differs fundamentally from all previous ones in two particulars: 1. It is played here as chamber music, i.e. no single parts are doubled. You also do not hear a chamber orchestra with a solo violin, but simply three violins (of which the first plays the solo part), a viola and a violoncello (of a kind described below), all of them supported by just a harpsichord. The continuo line is not doubled by a double-bass or a violone.
2. The “violoncello” used here is a “violoncello da spalla”, i. e. a “shoulder-cello”.
1. Concerto In D RV403 1 Allegro
2. Concerto In D RV403 2 Andante Et Spirituoso
3. Concerto In D RV403 3 Allegro
4. Concerto In E RV269 'La Primavera''
5. Concerto In E RV269 2 Largo E Pianissimo
6. Concerto In E RV269 3 Danza Pastorale
7. Concerto In C RV315 'L'Estate' 1 Allegro Non Molto
8. Concerto In C RV315 2 Adagio
9. Concerto In C RV315 3 Presto
10. Concerto In F RV293 'L'Autumno' 1 Allegro
11. Concerto In F RV293 2 Adagio Molto
12. Concerto In F RV293 3 Allegro La Chachia
13. Concerto In E RV297 'L'Inverno' 1 Allegro Non Molto