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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Tognetti

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Tognetti

BIS  BIS-2103 SACD

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


VIVALDI, Antonio (1678–1741):
Le Quattro Stagioni [Nos 1–4 of Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione, Op. 8]
from Concerto in D major, RV 226 II. Largo
Concerto in B minor, RV 580 for 4 violins, cello, strings and basso continuo [No. 10 of L’estro armonico, Op. 3]
Concerto in A minor, RV 356 for violin, strings and basso continuo [No. 6 of L’estro armonico, Op. 3]
from Concerto in D major, RV 562 ‘per la solennità di San Lorenzo’ II. Grave
Sinfonia from La verità in cimento, RV 739

Richard Tognetti, Helena Rathbone, Satu Vänskä & Ike See (violins)
Timo-Veikko Valve (cello)
Australian Chamber Orchestra


1711 saw the publication of what was to become one of the most important musical collections of the first half of the 18th century: Antonio Vivaldi’s L’estro armonico (‘The Harmonic Fancy’). Scored for one, two, or four violin soloists, the twelve concertos in the set fuelled a burgeoning fashion for new Italian music in northern Europe, and were soon being avidly performed and enjoyed in major musical centres, inspiring younger composers including Bach, Handel and Telemann.

Vivaldi’s set – represented here by the Concerto in B minor, RV 580 and Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 356 – established a vogue for a virtuosic and brilliant type of writing, with fast movements characterized as much by their propulsive basses as by conventional melodiousness and with central slow movements often exuding a mesmeric, almost ghostly calm.

Fourteen years later another collection of concertos – Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione (‘The Contest of Harmony and Invention’) – would secure Vivaldi’s reputation for eternity. The first four concertos of this collection form what has become one of the most widely spread classical compositions in the history of music: Le Quattro Stagioni.

Countless violinists have recorded Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, not to mention the many arrangements of the pieces for other instruments. Now Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, a team internationally recognized for its virtuosity, energy and individuality, has recorded their take on Vivaldi’s springtime birdsong, summer thunderstorm, autumn hunting and chattering teeth of icy winter.

The programme also includes two typically Vivaldian slow movements, a Largo and a Grave, as well as a Sinfonia for strings originally intended as the overture of the opera La verità in cimento (‘Truth in contention’).

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Recorded in March 2014 at The Concourse Chatswood Concert Hall, Sydney, Australia, 24/96

Producer and sound engineer: Jens Braun (Take5 Music Production)

Equipment: BIS’s recording teams use microphones from Neumann and Schoeps, audio electronics from RME, Lake People and DirectOut, MADI optical cabling technology, monitoring equipment from B&W, STAX and Sennheiser, and Sequoia and Pyramix digital audio workstations.

Post-production: Editing and mixing: Jens Braun

Executive producer: Robert Suff