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Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / 3 Violin Concertos - Giuliano Carmignola / Venice Baroque Orchestra / Andrea Marcon


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Giuliano Carmignola was born in Treviso, where his violinist father discovered and encouraged his son’s passion for music and where the Vivaldi renaissance began 50 years ago. Luigi Ferro, his first teacher at the Venice Conservatory, was a soloist with the Scuola Veneziana Orchestra that Angelo Ephrikian created in 1947 to perform Vivaldi’s music. He later played with the Virtuosi ... Read more in Amazon's Giuliano Carmignola Store

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  • Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000051Y3D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spring: Con No.1 in E, Op.8 No.1: I. Allegro - Giuliano Carmignola
2. Spring: Con No.1 in E, Op.8 No.1: II. Largo - Giuliano Carmignola
3. Spring: Con No.1 in E, Op.8 No.1: III. Allegro - Giuliano Carmignola
4. Summer: Con No.2 in g, Op.8 No.2: I. Allegro Non Molto - Giuliano Carmignola
5. Summer: Con No.2 in g, Op.8 No.2: II. Adagio - Giuliano Carmignola
6. Summer: Con No.2 in g, Op.8 No.2: III. Presto - Giuliano Carmignola
7. Autumn: Con No.3 in F, Op.8 No.3: I. Allegro - Giuliano Carmignola
8. Autumn: Con No.3 in F, Op.8 No.3: II. Adagio Molto - Giuliano Carmignola
9. Autumn: Con No.3 in F, Op.8 No.3: III. Allegro - Giuliano Carmignola
10. Winter: Con No.4 in f, Op.8 No.4: I. Allegro Non Molto - Giuliano Carmignola
11. Winter: Con No.4 in f, Op.8 No.4: II. Largo - Giuliano Carmignola
12. Winter: Con No.4 in f, Op.8 No.4: III. Allegro - Giuliano Carmignola
13. Con in E flat, RV257: I. Andante Molto E Quasi Allegro - Giuliano Carmignola/Andrea Marcon
14. Con in E flat, RV257: II. Adagio - Giuliano Carmignola/Andrea Marcon
15. Con in E flat, RV257: III. Allegro - Giuliano Carmignola/Andrea Marcon
16. Con in B flat, RV376: I. Larghetto, Andante - Giuliano Carmignola/Andrea Marcon
17. Con in B flat, RV376: II. Andante - Giuliano Carmignola/Andrea Marcon
18. Con in B flat, RV376: III. Allegro - Giuliano Carmignola/Andrea Marcon
19. Con in D, RV211: I. Allegro Non Molto - Giuliano Carmignola/Andrea Marcon
20. Con in D, RV211: II. Larghetto - Giuliano Carmignola/Andrea Marcon
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You're moaning to yourself, "Yet another Four Seasons?" But this disc, believe it or not, is actually worth hearing. Violinist Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra use a slightly different scoring of Vivaldi's masterpiece, the 1996 Ricordi critical edition, and somehow unveil world premieres of three Vivaldi concertos. Their period-instrument performance of The Four Seasons is beautifully played and recorded. Andrea Marcon's conducting stretches the Adagio movements out, but the group makes up for lost time in some feverish Allegro sections. Carmignola's tone is impeccable and his playing sounds incredibly fresh throughout, even on this tried-and-true work. Does the ensemble's Italian background help their understanding of Vivaldi's music (as the liner notes surmise)? Probably not, but they've done their homework on these pieces, and they put plenty of drama into their performances. The violin concertos they dust off are impressive as well, especially for the deft fiddling required in RV 376 (Concerto in B-flat Major) and the pretty organ playing by Marcon. This is a great disc--no fancy gimmick, no scantily clad superstar on the cover; just spirited interpretations and wonderful music. --Jason Verlinde

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I have heard a great number of recordings of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" but none can compare to this one.
Bohemian Boy
Altogether, this performance is a utterly stunning experience.
D. Seymour

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dori Sippel on December 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lucky you, for you do not have to wait ten years (as I did) to once again hear Carmignola's Four Seasons. Some ten or more years ago I played in the ensemble that accompanied Carmignola's performances of the Four Seasons at Venice's Teatro La Fenice. The memory of those performances has haunted me and remained in my mind's ear ever since. I have avidly listened to many versions of the Four Seasons, some of which are very beautiful (but too precious), others seem to be wacking their way through a boring etude, others are pretentious, contrived, obdurate, uncomfortable. Carmignola is a world class violinist with impeccable chops and a gorgeous, elegant sound; as far as I am concerned, he owns this concerto.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Enrico BENETTO on February 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Carmignola is presently one of the most significant personalities of the Italian violinism and considered to be one of the best violinists world-wide; he is for sure a foremost specialist in the Baroque era. Carmignola's performances :
* are based on a rigorous philological approach,
* are stunning for his technical mastery,
* capture the urgency and the passion that denote the real Italian (Venetian indeed) style.
Most of all, this recording enlighten Vivaldi's personality. For example J.F.A. von Uffenbach, a German noble violinist, was in the audience at the Theatre S. Angelo in Venice, on February 4, 1715. About a Vivaldi solo he wrote :
<towards the end, Vivaldi played a splendid solo, which he followed a cadenza that really astonished me, such a way of playing has ever been heard before and could be again: his fingers rose up to the point that they were not a hair's breadth from the bridge, leaving next to no room at all for the bow; this on all four cords with incredible movements and velocity> (M.Talbot, "Antonio Vivaldi", 1978).
Probably (AA.VV. "Antonio Vivaldi: da Venezia all'Europa", 1978) this cadenza is the same of the 3rd movement of RV212 premiered by Vivaldi and his father in Padua in 1712: the level of extraordinary virtuosity, almost unsurpassed, created a tremendous stir in the public. Carmignola recorded this concerto (in his true, original, full version) in 1996. Listening to the solo, in the audience of the 1998 concert in Turin, I asked myself if a was in Venice or Padua in 17th century !!
If you are looking for a rigorous, true and passionate approach to Vivaldi's music, this is the CD you have to buy. ...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is from beginning to end great music.
Some might find Carmignolas playing a bit fast in some places and that his violin is sounding a bit different but that is what I like with this version of Vivaldis Four Seasons.
It has colour, Carmignola gives opportunity to use his personality, has excellent sound and a Venice Baroque Orchestra at top level and it is in my opinion one of the great, mayby the greatest recordings of Vivaldis masterpiece.
There is some good new excellent records out there. Mutters last one (DG), Shahams (DG) and Biondis (Opus 111) are all VERY GOOD but this Carmignola version stands out.
It has, because Carmignola and Venice Baroque Orchestra use period instruments, Carmignola is a fantastic violin player and togheter with a new critical editing by Andrea Marcon it give in sum a special sound, feeling and because of that I rank this version at highest level.
If you like your Four Seasons by old standards (well Mutters is a bit special too but not in this way) you cant go wrong with no one mentioned above but if you like that little extra grab this one if you want something more than a "thick", "heavy" more like a kind of symphony start of "The Spring" beacuse this is played like the baroque piece it is.
Sound is excellent, top level... well actually everything is at top level and the "fillers" (3 Violin Concertos by Vivaldi) are very well performed too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "cbpb831" on November 29, 2002
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An honest rendition of the most-recorded violin Concertos worldwide. The composer can finally rest in peace as one of his most theatrical compositions has been preserved in the manner in which it was written. A Baroque piece, played with Baroque instruments and conducted in the Baroque fashion. Simply stunning! Veritable newcomers (formed in 1997), the Venice Baroque Orchestra hits the right notes and more importantly allows the moments of silence to stand on their own. Giuliano Carmignola, a virtuoso's virtuoso, performs every passage as though he were speaking with Vivaldi as he plays. The result is a sublime example of what recorded music is all about. There are several great recordings of The Four Seasons on the market (Gil Shaham's performance is truly remakable), but they pale in comparison. As a bonus, you get three premiere recordings of Vivaldi violin Concertos (unrecorded previously due to the fact that they are extremely difficult from a technical standpoint). You won't be disappointed, go get this one today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 0spinBoson on November 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've heard my share of 4S performances, and while all of the other recordings i own are surely up to par when you look purely at the quality of playing, this one really stands above the rest with head and shoulders..

Here's why: All of the other performances i've heard "feel" like essentially Romantic works..

And while you could argue that Vivaldi is in his own way pioneering that genre, at least when it comes to expressive content, this 'romantic' way of conducting quite frankly gets boring after repeated listens.

And that's where this one's different; the performance - because of the different scoring - feels so very different.

Much more alive, much more baroque.. and i'm loving it.

If you need a further reason, the "extras" are quite astonishing in their own right, even if you're not interested in more 4S recordings at the onset.
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