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Four Seasons [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Janine Jansen , Antonio Vivaldi Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • 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 (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
4. Allegro Non Molto
5. Adagio/Presto
6. Presto
7. Allegro
8. Adagio Molto
9. Allegro
10. Allegro Non Molto
11. Largo
12. Allegro

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Like the appealing Cho-Liang Lin with Sejong - on Naxos in regular red book CD - this reading of the Vivaldi Four Season concerto cycle emphasizes the chamber concerto possibilities of the score. For listeners used to larger ensembles, the intimacy of sound and texture may take some getting used to, but, come to think of it, probably not all that much, nor all that difficult an adjustment to make.

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.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and enjoyable Vivaldi March 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Vivaldi is practically as synonymous with virtuosic violin arrangements as McDonalds is with fat. Practically. Janine Jansen's arrangements for Vivaldi's Four Seasons is stark, graceful, and engaging- she assigns only one musician per part. The sometimes overwhleming grandeur of fully orchestrated arrangements is appreciatively mellowed, allowing the ear to really hear each musician and their expected "virtuosic" and precise talent. Though mellowed to nearly Starbucks ambiance, the arrangements manage to retain the energy and excitement of Vivaldi in a fresh and accessible new form.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Startling, exciting, and quite original, are the very words to describe Janine Jansen's unique, quite insightful, interpretation of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons". While there are many fine recordings of this work, with the best of the relatively recent crop include Mutter's and Chang's, Jansen's recording deserves ample praise simply for its bold, daring performance of Vivaldi's concerti cycle. Why? Hers is quite literally a stripped-down interpretation, consisting of herself, five other strings (two violins, viola, cello and double bass), theorbo and box organ/harpsichord. It is a tightly knit ensemble that includes American violinist Julian Rachlin, her brother Maarten (cello) and her father Jan (box organ/harpsichord). This allows for a "wonderfully transparent sound" that allowed "the musicians to be very flexible in colouring, dynamics and timing", as she notes in the CD liner notes. An ensemble that has yielded a very brisk, and very spirited, interpretation of these Vivaldi pieces. Needless to say, Decca's sound engineers have done a superlative job in this recording, which was made back in the Spring of 2004 in a Dutch concert hall. If there is only one false note that might be seized upon by detractors of Ms. Jansen's exceptional talents as a fine young classical musician, then it is the existence of appealing, quite alluring, photographs of her in rather revealing gowns on virtually every page of the CD liner notes; however, do not use these as a guide to determine whether or not you should acquire what is truly an exciting, rather invigorating, interpretation of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Knew Vivaldi? November 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have a somewhat unique take on this recording.

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...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good recording, but lacks a little presence July 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Almost anything sounds great in SACD and this performance is no exception, but if you're used to a 100 piece orchestra strumming violins to this score, you might be slighly disappointed. If you are looking for a different take on the four seasons and would appreciate the distinctive sound of a just a few instruments, this is for you
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the SACD disc
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 more
Published 9 months ago by Dinesh
2.0 out of 5 stars The disc serface is not good!
This disc serface had cracks.
And booklet was not good too
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Now i check this disc playable or not.
Published 22 months ago by Toshiki Ichiwata
5.0 out of 5 stars Grazie Antonio, grazie Janine Jansen
Lavoro Superlativo, un suono di grande intensità e alta definizione con dinamiche paurose ..

Un'opera da avere sempre a portata di mano ... Read more
Published on October 1, 2010 by Mr. Danilo Robotti
5.0 out of 5 stars Janine Jansen Vivaldi SACD
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 more
Published on February 8, 2010 by F. Wouts
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
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 more
Published on October 2, 2009 by HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Seasons [Hybrid SACD] by Maarten Jansen, Antonio Vivaldi
It's Vivaldi; it's Four Seasons; it's SACD; how can you go wrong. Superb recording.
Published on October 26, 2008 by ZaEvies
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
This "Four Seasons" is unique and for that reason alone you should give it a listen. The small number of instruments ( eight ) gives a novel experience. Read more
Published on July 29, 2008 by e981
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