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Vivaldi' The Four Seasons are among the most popular of Baroque concertos and have inspired musicians to perform them in their original form and in many different guises. Following the lead given by J.S. Bach when he transcribed a number of Vivaldi'

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Sometimes, arranging orchestral music for piano can place it in a whole new light. I once heard Beethoven's "Pastorale" as arranged for piano by Glenn Gould, and it sounded startling and New Age. Hearing Vivaldi on piano, you notice the music's flaws. But the occasional repetitiveness and flat-footed rhythms gain a new charm, like Philip Glass. The piano also makes you appreciate Vivaldi's moments of sublimity --the slow movement of "Winter," for instance, which shines in its genius and simplicity. Biegel, who just turned out a marvelous set of gently improvised-upon Mozart sonatas, adds the same discreet embellishments to these pieces. He shows you new things in them. As a follow-up to "The Four Seasons," he plays a lute concerto and a mandolin concerto, both arranged by Andrew Gentile. This is a great novelty at a bargain price, and a bright new look at a composer we thought we knew inside out. -- The Buffalo News, Mary Kunz Goldman, October 18, 2009

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  1. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) (arr. J. Biegel): I. Allegro 3:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) (arr. J. Biegel): II. Largo 2:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) (arr. J. Biegel): III. Allegro Pastorale 3:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer) (arr. J. Biegel for piano): I. Allegro non molto 5:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer) (arr. J. Biegel for piano): II. Adagio e piano - Presto e forte 2:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer) (arr. J. Biegel for piano): III. Presto 2:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F Major, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293, "L'autunno" (Autumn) (arr. J. Biegel): I. Allegro 4:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F Major, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293, "L'autunno" (Autumn) (arr. J. Biegel): II. Adagio molto 2:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F Major, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293, "L'autunno" (Autumn) (arr. J. Biegel): III. Allegro 3:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
10. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter) (arr. J. Biegel): I. Allegro non molto 3:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
11. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter) (arr. J. Biegel): II. Largo 2:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
12. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter) (arr. J. Biegel): III. Allegro 2:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
13. Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425 (arr. A. Gentile): I. Allegro 3:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
14. Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425 (arr. A. Gentile): II. Largo 4:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
15. Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425 (arr. A. Gentile): III. Allegro 2:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
16. Lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93 (arr. A. Gentile): I. Allegro guisto 4:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
17. Lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93 (arr. A. Gentile): II. Largo 4:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
18. Lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93 (arr. A. Gentile): III. Allegro 2:38$0.89  Buy MP3 

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  • Composer: Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (June 30, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0027DQHF0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Gardner on July 2, 2009
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Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' suffers a fate common to many classical masterpieces, that of being overplayed to the point of being annoying. It's rare that a new recording of the piece has anything original to offer. Jeffrey Biegel's thoughtful piano arrangement is one of those rare ones that successfully breathe new life into an old workhorse.

A transcription for piano naturally poses the question of how the composer might have rendered the piece differently than the arranger. Since the piano didn't exist during most of Vivaldi's life, and to my knowledge he did not compose anything for piano, this perhaps affords the performer even more freedom than usual to employ all the capabilities of the modern instrument. Jeffrey uses this freedom to great advantage, and combined with highly precise technique, has produced a genuinely interesting new interpretation of Vivaldi's venerable classic.

Two less well known pieces, the Mandolin Concerto in C major and the Lute Concerto in D major, are also included in this recording. Being mostly unfamiliar with these works, I was able to enjoy them without constantly comparing them mentally to their orchestral counterparts as I did with the Four Seasons.

The sound quality is a little bit dry, with little ambience, but that's rather easy to fix with the turn of a few electronic knobs.

Overall, this is a very worthwhile new recording of an old classic, and I've already enjoyed it several times since it arrived earlier today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek on October 27, 2012
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I'm usually more partial to orchestrations of piano pieces than I am to piano transcriptions that go the other way. And in this case I was rather skeptical about hearing The Four Seasons on keyboard alone. After one listen, however, I'm enthusiastic about the result. There's a new, if not dramatically different, perspective one gets on the quartet of concertos, and while I'm still going to be listening them most often in original form, I know that I'll periodically be revisiting this disc. Actually, as one other reviewer mentioned, the transcriptions of the C major Mandolin Concerto and the D major Lute Concerto are in their way even more interesting. For an album that I thought would be a trite novelty, this one turned out to have some finely prepared -- and performed -- substance to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hoc Stercus VINE VOICE on April 15, 2010
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All of the pieces on this CD are quite familiar. But this is the first time I have heard piano versions of them. It is a most pleasant and agreeable experience. Maybe this production falls into the category of "pop-classical" music; but I find myself giving it repeated spins.I would put this album in the category of "downright" enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CMC on February 20, 2010
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I am deeply attracted by transcriptions, which are really an appealling aspect on a new cd that I am goung to buy. On the other side, a trascription should not be a "let's play it on another instrument" thing, but a "let's create a new piece with old notes which is suitable on a instrument different from the one used for the composition". What I find a bit bad is that the four seasons are the less interesting thing on this record: in fact the used edition is the Ricordi one, which is more a reduction than a real trascription.
The CD, however, is worth the wile for the other two concertos included in the recording, which have a real good use of "pianistic" effects in order to transform them in actual trascriptions, thus following the example of Liszt, Reger (and, actually, also of Bach, who did a real genius work in transforming for cembalo or organ a lot of string concertos).
Nothing to say about the performance, which is greatly enhanced in the aforementioned two concertos, thanks also to a better piano writing style.
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