Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Fornaciari
Fonè 005 SACD
Classical - Chamber
Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Sonatas for Violin
Mark Fornaciari (violin)
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- Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in E major for Violin, RV 269 (Op. 8 No. 1) 'La primavera'
- Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in F major for Violin, RV 293 (Op. 8 No. 3) 'L'autunno'
- Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in F minor for Violin, RV 297 (Op. 8 No. 4) 'L'inverno'
- Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor for Violin, RV 315 (Op. 8 No. 2) 'L'estate'
- Antonio Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Op. 8 No. 1-4
- Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in B minor for Violin, RV 36 (Op. 2 No. 5)
- Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in G minor for Violin, RV 27 (Op. 2 No. 1)
Review by John Broggio - January 11, 2007
There are already 13 different versions of the Four Seasons on SACD with a violin soloist so a new version has to have some special attributes to stake a lasting claim of a space on anyone's shelf. The two distinguishing aspects of this recording are that
(a) the total number of players is only 7
(b) the instruments all hail from Cremona and most come some very special makers.
The instrumentalists, despite their small number, certainly manage to produce a full tone that has largely disappeared from Baroque music today; it is unusual to say the least and many might find it uncomfortably large, myself included, now that HIP is the norm in this repertoire. Whether this is entirely the instrumentalists fault is hard to determine because the recording is very close which doesn't give them much opportunity to pare down their sound - this is just as true in the sonatas as well as the concertos so I must conclude that it is more the engineers than artists doing.
The performances themselves, partly because of the sound, are not particularly special to my ears; they do have a certain laid back and sunny feel but I feel that they are a little too relaxed in mood. The rather casual approach unfortunately extends into Marco Fornaciari's intonation, especially at the most taxing moments of this well known collection of Vivaldi's. Really, in this day and age, there is no excuse for this as many student ensembles around the world could perform better.
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