- Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
- Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
- Label: Decca
- ASIN: B0007PL7WI
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Four Seasons Hybrid SACD - DSD
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Audio CD, Hybrid SACD - DSD, November 8, 2005
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As it happens, this amazing music survives the reduced ensemble as well as it survived the expanded ones that typically used to be the concert hall norm, as well as filling up the old recordings catalogues in the Baroque revival years. If anything, Jansen brings ever more subtlety to the musical color, sparkle, and wit on offer in each concerto than the hackneyed repertoire status of these works might lead any of us to expect from any new recording. Like Lin and Sejong, Jansen is one with her group, even more than Sejong if that is possible.
She commands, not with volume and thunderbolts and eclipsing everybody else on stage, but rather by truly playing as first among equals. Her fiddling is as fine as any other recorded version available, yet she goes beyond sheer technical mastery to leave us spell bound with wonder at her utter - and utterly fresh - identification with these thrice-familiar concertos.
I put off buying this disc, because I already have Lin with Sejong, plus a shelf full of very good other performances, few of which I seem to want to give away. I thought: What in the world would I be doing, if I gave in and got yet another reading.Read more ›
I pretty much exclusively listen to pop/rock music. However, when I got my SACD/DVD-A surround system, I found that the selection of pop/rock offerings was very limited. So I decided to give classical recordings a try, since there seems to be a lot more availability for those. I have about 20 different ones now, mostly from the RCA Living Stereo series.
So this is the first and only recording of The Four Seasons that I have ever heard. I'm surprised to read other reviewers comment that this recording is spare or less lush than usual. I'm not sure I can imagine what a more traditional take on this work would sound like, as I think this one has incredible energy. It's more rocking than the majority of pop music I own. It's now one of my all-time favorite recordings.
It's also significantly more memorable and enjoyable than any of the other classical recordings I've gotten--from various famous dead Europeans (East and West) like Beethoven, Strauss, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Offenbach...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The four violin concertos gathered by Vivaldi under the title The Four Seasons are indisputably some of the most beloved pieces for violin and orchestra in the history of music. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Adrian
This is the best SACD for 4 seasons. This is not a full symphony unlike the Pearlman 4 Seasons SACD, however the sonics and the music is excellent. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Dinesh
This disc serface had cracks.
And booklet was not good too
Now i check this disc playable or not.
Lavoro Superlativo, un suono di grande intensità e alta definizione con dinamiche paurose ..
Un'opera da avere sempre a portata di mano ... Read more
Very nice, worth the SACD. Though small orchestra setup (which is more elegant in my opinion, but my impression is that the general opinion does not agree on that), very nice... Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by F. Wouts
This is a very brief review of the SACD release of this album. Perhaps the best sounding multi-channel classical music Super Audio CD I've ever heard. Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!
It's Vivaldi; it's Four Seasons; it's SACD; how can you go wrong. Superb recording.Published on October 26, 2008 by ZaEvies