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listen  1. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 1. AllegroSimon Standage 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 2. LargoSimon Standage 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 3. Allegro (Danza pastorale)Simon Standage 3:40$1.29  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 - AllegroSimon Standage 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In G Minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 2. Adagio - Presto - AdagioSimon Standage 2:17$1.29  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)Simon Standage 2:46$1.29  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)Simon Standage 4:54$1.29  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)Simon Standage 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 3. Allegro (La caccia)Simon Standage 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F Minor, Op.8, No.4, RV 297 "L'inverno" - 1. Allegro non moltoSimon Standage 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F Minor, Op.8, No.4, RV 297 "L'inverno" - 2. LargoSimon Standage 1:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F Minor, Op.8, No.4, RV 297 "L'inverno" - 3. AllegroSimon Standage 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: The English Concert, Simon Standage
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B0000057CA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is by far the best recording I've ever heard of The Four Seasons.
R. Nelson
I really highly recommend this cd not only to Vivaldi-Pinnock fans but to anyone who are interested in Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
rlsummer
Standage's violin-playing in this work is able to capture its many subtleties.
Yi-Peng

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Richford on January 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741): Le Quattro Stagioni ("The Four Seasons"). Performed by Simon Standage, solo violin, and The English Concert, directed from the harpsichord by Trevor Pinnock. No details of when and where recorded are included in the booklet. First published in 1982 on LP (2543 003), on cassette tape (3311 003) and a little later on CD (DG Archiv 400 045-2). Total playing time: 38 minutes.

This is in every way a landmark recording. There had been period-instrument recordings of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" before this (a fairly middle-of-the-road offering from the Collegium Aureum and a typically somewhat hard-on-the-ears version from Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his Concentus Musicus Vienna), but this was the first (as far as I am aware) for which the players had taken the trouble to examine the early manuscript source from the Henry Watson Music and Arts Library in Manchester, England, and to compare this with early printed editions, thus enabling them to come up with a version which is probably nearer to what Vivaldi actually wrote and intended than anything that had been produced before this. This musicological accuratesse, coupled with the silky sounds of period violins with gut strings, the excellent playing of Trever Pinnock's English Concert and the almost uniquely good Deutsche Grammophon engineering made this, back in 1982, a sensational achievement. The accompanying booklet is also excellent, giving a very clear picture of what is happening when and making listening to The Four Seasons a new pleasure over again. The details in the recording are sometimes startlingly clear, and I can understand why some other reviewers have recommended getting out warm winter clothes for the last part of the recording!
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Yi-Peng on May 10, 2002
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This DG performance of the perennial Vivaldi Seasons featuring Pinnock, Standage and company may be the only Baroque CD in my collection, but it is in essence an invigorating performance of this perennial and much-loved (and much-played) classical music cornerstone. Recorded during the advent of digital technology, it makes use of manuscript parts and brushes all cobwebs off this work, without even sacrificing drama and vibrancy, given the timbre-related and tonal limitations of the period instruments. Standage's violin-playing sounds as if he might have been Vivaldi's protige, smooth-toned yet a little virtuosic in his stylish ornamentation, and Pinnock's superbly inspired direction, not to mention harpsichord-playing, enhances the gusto of the orchestral contributions. All this is capped by a clear and well-balanced recording set amidst the atmospheric acoustics of the Henry Wood Hall.
Standage's violin-playing in this work is able to capture its many subtleties. These subtleties can be found in the lyricism of Spring, the agitation of Summer, the nimbleness of Autumn and the atmospheric feel of Winter. The Spring concerto shows him excelling in his sweet-sounding interpretations of the birdsong and the dancing nymphs, and his lyrical portrayal of the goatherd in the slow movement. Then, in Summer, he is able to take on the role of an agitated-sounding water-bird in his so-called comments on the proceedings. Here, the highlight of his violin contributions can be seen in his depiction of the troubled countryman in his first-movement lament and in his troubled second-movement sleep.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rlsummer on June 17, 2003
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Simon Standage has been a leading violinist for the English Concert for some time. Now he is independent and records with Chandos. Nowhere more he appears scarily demonic then here in Vivaldi's Four Seasons. I actually discovered this cd much later from other Archiv cds (with Pinnock): to my surprise it proved the best version as I could hear the violinist under the shadow of excellent Pinnock wonderfully conscious of his presence. Pinnock and the English Concert-as always-conveys the unerring sense of vitality somewhat different from Hogwood's. Early digital recording nevertheless sounds better with the authentic instruments. I really highly recommend this cd not only to Vivaldi-Pinnock fans but to anyone who are interested in Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2003
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This recording of Vivaldi's Le Quattro Stagioni op.8 is the only one you need. After one listen, you will likely never turn to the (onetime favorite) Marriner recording. After playing it for a friend who had only heard the "standard" Marriner, Perlman, etc. cd's, he said "I never thought it could sound go fresh, so bright". Even the plucking of strings sound much more lively on the Pinnock cd. If you're looking for the best, pick this up (or the Hogwood recording which is equally fantastic).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeAnna McCoy on November 8, 2011
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Very good quality recording, fantastic sound with great informational product insert. I have heard different recordings of this compliation, but this is one of my favorites. A real attempt was made to record these pieces as close to Vivaldi's original intentions. Great gift for the Vivaldi fan!
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