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listen  1. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 1. AllegroZubin Mehta 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 2. LargoZubin Mehta 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 3. Allegro (Danza pastorale)Zubin Mehta 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 1. Allegro non molto - AllegroZubin Mehta 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 2. Adagio - Presto - AdagioZubin Mehta 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 3. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate)Zubin Mehta 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 1. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de' villanelli)Zubin Mehta 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti)Zubin Mehta 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F, Op.8, No.3, RV 293 "L'autunno" - 3. Allegro (La caccia)Zubin Mehta 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 1. Allegro non moltoItzhak Perlman 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 2. LargoItzhak Perlman 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 3. AllegroItzhak Perlman 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While it may not be the most rewarding way to approach this music in the long run, having four star violinists dish up a season apiece is a lot of fun, especially if you're interested in comparing styles and sounds. Mintz is bright and wiry; Perlman rich, brilliant and intense; Zukerman dark and suave; and Stern has that marvelous, warm, "old-school" sound with an almost vocal vibrato. And the violins of the Israel Philharmonic? They play as though every one of them could step up and take a solo, no doubt because having four luminaries on the stage made them want to give of their best. While the interpretations, individually and collectively, don't offer much that is new or remarkable, the sense of occasion is palpable. DG's live recording, made at the Huberman Festival in Israel in 1982, is nicely balanced and quite atmospheric. --Ted Libbey

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Recommend this to everyone who loves Classical music.
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Five stars well deserved and kudos to the great masters of the violin, Pearlman and Stern.
Rachel Garret
This is the Definitive Four Seasons as it should be recorded!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Vivaldi's Four Seasons set of concerti is one of my all-time favorites, so I tried to choose a rendering that would really do this music proud, and I was not disappointed in the musicians. The artists on this recording are first-class. They work seamlessly together with a fine conductor, giving the music the nuancing, coloring, and texture changes it deserves. I especially enjoy the rich, smooth-as-silk cello. The applause at the end of each concerto is the one thing kept that 5th star out of my listening pleasure. It breaks my mood; I'm not sitting in a concert hall when I listen to this album and the intrusion of the crowd annoys me. Still, I'd recommend this album to anybody who doesn't mind the applause.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "thebestdictator" on May 21, 2001
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This is in, all probability, the greatest recording of vivaldi's four seasons. You simply cannot find this many virtuosos in one cd from one performance. The Israel philharmonic is truly superb, with a rich complex sound to back up the soloists. Mehta takes a very faithful interpretation of Vivaldi in this recording: in the sense of dynamics especially, but also tempo and style. The sound quality is superb, I have never heard better than its perfect brilliance. The sound is fully up to Grammaphon standards. The only complaint i have with this is that the soloists seem to have been just a little too loyal to vivaldi when they played. All the solo parts, perhaps with the exception of Pinchas Zukerman's truly perfect rendition of the summer concerto, need a bit of embellishment; a bit of the virtuoso fireworks one would expect from stern or perlman. Personally, I think the spring movement needs drama, the fall needs more volume, and th e winter needs a faster tempo, not to mention a few more trills and other such touch ups throughout. If you are looking for a great recording, faithful to vivaldi, buy this. if you are looking for a less faithful version with more embellishment, i would recommend the version with Joseph Silverstein and the Boston symphony conducted by Ozawa
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on November 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I am a Vivaldi fan, especially the Four Seasons. But when I saw the Four Masters, each doing a season, it was love all over again! I'd recommend this to any fan of the violin or Vivaldi, but especially of the wonderful performances conducted by Zubin Mehta. The Israeli Philharmonic is brilliant and flawless as well. Five stars and a some tissues for a wonderful, moving performance you will want to listen to again and again.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Thomas John Lushnia on December 20, 1999
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I was just ordering a copy as a Christmas gift and read the reviews. Yes the applause is slightly annoying, however, technically this is one of the best recordings you may ever hear. You may want to order it simply to show off your sound system. The ability and artistry of the individual performers will never be surpassed. One solution may be to clap along at the end of each movement! You will not regret buying this recording! In fact you may end up like me, buying them as gifts.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By FargoUT on September 21, 2002
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It's hard for me to give this CD a rating of 3 stars. The music is beautiful, but there is definitely something lacking in this rendition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Mixing four expert violinists is probably not the best idea for this music, since each violinist has their own particular style. They clash in some peculiar ways at peculiar times. If this is the only Four Seasons you ever hear, you are missing out on plenty. While there are some nice interpretations here, this CD is actually one of the most uninvolving of all the Four Seasons recordings I've heard.
And applause? What is that? I'm all for live recordings, but during an orchestral arrangement, applause just pulls you out of the experience. Perhaps if the applause wasn't so loud, I wouldn't be so hard on it. But it's actually louder than the instrumentals. I burned this performance to a new CD and edited the applause out myself. It's better that way. If you can, I highly recommend doing so.
But for the CD itself... there is nothing spectacular about it, which is surprising considering the talent at stake. As such, go for Joseph Silverstein and the Boston Symphony for the definitive Four Seasons performance. You will hear all that you've been missing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Avila on October 25, 2000
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The 4 violinists performing in this cd (of whose label is known for superior quality and sound) are all masterful. They are all well known. Who has not heard of Izhtak Perlman and Isaac Stern ? All great masters of the violin. And Vivaldi's 4 Seasons is one of the most celebrated and most challenging works for the violin. Calling upon strings and orchestra, Vivaldi's 4 seasons captures the perfect embodiment of the Baroque concerto. It reflects the seasons and its many moods- the violins manage to creat an atmosphere that really takes us from a lively spring time to a gloomy and chilly winter. In a sense, the 4 Seasons is the first "program " suite. It is a remarkable piece and no true classical fan cannot miss hearing it. Buy this cd since it's wonderful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Garret on January 6, 2003
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The Four Seasons is a Baroque masterpiece, at paar with all the classic compositions from Bach and Handel. Antonio Vivaldi created, without knowing it, in theory, the first musical tone poem. He was describing through music (primarily a string orchestra) the four seasons-winter, spring, summer and fall, describing what could have been the lines of a poem, or four different scenes. On this recording, with the prestigious label and the virtuouso violinists Iztak Pearlman and Isaac Stern, the experience is the best. Baroque perfection. As is the case with all my reviews, I will discuss the structure of the piece and give my thoughts as to the quality of this particular recording. I have already judged it terrific, and truly the best recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Now it's up to you to hear the recording and get the desire to listen to the whole thing, not just for leisure, but for inspiration and for music appreciation.
The winter movements are appropriately slow, bleak, chilly, you can almost feel the frost on the ground and the snow falling slowly over hazy skies. The faster movements denote a snowstorm, there is no one out in such invernal conditions. The adagio movement is a description of a house with a warm fire burning during the cold front. The soothing strings and the faint quality of the piece can be like a dream. It's truly Vivaldi's most romantic piece.
The spring movement is by far the most joyful. The trees are full of leaves again, the snow has melted and the flowers bloom in the fields. The country folk return to their activities and romance seems to be in the air. The allegro movement is the most famous of the movements, an elegant, virtuosic and brilliant piece for strings, with an accent on the continuo.
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