Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni

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“You have reached the peak of excellence for Vivaldi’s ‚Four Seasons‘ with this performance. The previous reviewer is right in more ways than one: Vivaldi and I Musici can certainly bring one’s soul closer to God as they are both divine, but so are the Stradivarius strings played to perfection by I Musici. This rendition of Vivaldi’s „The Four Seasons“ directed by Vittorio Negri and performed by Pina Carmirelli is truly the most divine in its fluid and passionate performance.”
Performer: I Musici di Roma, Pina Carmirelli (Imusici)

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  1. Philips nahral niekoľko verzií táto s Pinou Carmirelli je jedna z najlepších, ak nie vôbec najlepšia. Priestor i interpretácia naprosto skvelá, zvuk brilantný mám to na CD.

  2. I musici:
    A conductorless Italian chamber orchestra, I Musici was formed in Rome in 1952 by graduates from Accademia di Santa Cecilia. Original members have successively been replaced on an egalitarian basis, maintaining an energy and freshness to their work. The ensemble consists of six violins, two violas, two cellos, a double bass and a harpsichord. Their works are primarily in the field of Baroque, especially compositions by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello, Lotti and Geminiani.

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    You have reached the peak of excellence for Vivaldi’s ‚Four Seasons‘ with this performance. The previous reviewer is right in more ways than one: Vivaldi and I Musici can certainly bring one’s soul closer to God as they are both divine, but so are the Stradivarius strings played to perfection by I Musici. This rendition of Vivaldi’s „The Four Seasons“ directed by Vittorio Negri and performed by Pina Carmirelli is truly the most divine in its fluid and passionate performance. I’ve studied and listened to classical music for over 25 years and I have heard literally hundreds of renditions of Antonio Vivaldi’s „The Four Seasons.“ From Accardo to Zuckerman, I have not heard one rendition that even compares to this absolutely brilliant performance by I Musici and Pina Carmirelli. It is truly the clearest and most passionate performance available to date. There is no symphonic overkill that you would find with Solti or Karajan’s 300-member orchestras. I Musici performs the piece to perfection with its small chamber ensemble. All of the appregios, sustenutos, etc., are clearly heard. The instruments are all period instruments and mostly Stradivarius. All therefore have a clear, sharp, incomparable sound. The performance itself is the mark of excellence for Italian Baroque and Vivaldi specifically.

    Don’t be deceived into buying other performances even if they have skilled violinists such as Perlman or Zuckerman. The latter are specialized in the German Romantic and klezmer traditions of violin and so tend to perform better with Northern European composers from the Romantic period such as Brahms or Wienawski but not with Italian ones generally and Italian Baroque violin pieces least of all! As for performances by great conductors and symphonies such as Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic or Solti and the Chicago/London Symphonies, the orchestral ensembles they use are generally too large for chamber pieces and most of the instruments used are modern. They are also recorded in too large of spaces so the performances sound like Beethoven’s 9th instead of a chamber lyrical piece. There are other groups and recordings that are more faithful to Baroque techniques and traditional interpretations but their performances tend to suffer in their lyrical aspects and recording quality. The artists in such chamber groups generally come from academic backgrounds in traditional techniques and instruments instead of professional circles and so are more focused on applying the techniques instead of evoking from them the lyrical mood required by the piece. This results in clumsy and lifeless performances where each musician is so painfully struggling to apply the correct technique to their individual instrument that the entire piece comes out sounding as a cacophony instead of a symphony. Vivaldi was an innovative and demanding composer and this piece is one of the most difficult pieces to perform in the repertoire of music for the solo violin. I Musici have been world acclaimed leaders in performing Italian Baroque for over 50 years and have performed with many of the best musicians in this field. They emphasize more on a passionate Italian Romantic interpretation in its performances instead of a rigid Baroque one but reach a good balance with tradition by performing in the Italian style almost exclusively on Stradivarius instruments and within the size of a small Baroque chamber orchestra. The Stradivarius is the gem of traditional string instruments and really an instrument in and of itself that no other period instrument can even compare to. There are also really no chamber groups in existence that perform on so many Stradivari at once as they are simply too rare and even many professionals simply lack sufficient talent to play one proficiently. A close match with this performance is Salvatore Accardo’s Stradivarius performance with I Solisti delle Settimane Musicali di Napoli. Accardo himself had already played several times with I Musici before making his legendary performance with Il Solisti. Even in terms of I Musici di Roma itself, Carmirelli’s performance completely outshines those of other great recordings such as with Salvatore Accardo himself. Lastly, I Musici di Roma is also known for having some of the best sound engineering and mixing for its recordings than any other chamber group and this album is perhaps the finest example of that: the recording quality in this 1982 performance is so rich and clear for each instrument being played that you actually feel as if you are at a live performance each time you hear it.

    This Four Seasons version by I Musici (1982 performance) and the one by Boston Symphony (1981 performance) rank as the top 2 recordings of these concertos.

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