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listen  1. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Spring: Concerto No. 1 in E major: I. AllegroBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Spring: Concerto No. 1 in E major: II. LargoBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Spring: Concerto No. 1 in E major: III. Allegro, danza pastoraleBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Summer: Concerto No. 2 in G minor: I. Allegro non moltoBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Summer: Concerto No. 2 in G minor: II. AdagioBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Summer: Concerto No. 2 in G minor: III. Presto, tempo impetuoso d'estateBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Autumn: Concerto No. 3 in F major: I. Allegro, ballo e canto de'villanelliBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Autumn: Concerto No. 3 in F major: II. Adagio, ubriachi dormientiBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Autumn: Concerto No. 3 in F major: III. Allegro, la cacciaBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Winter: Concerto No. 4 in F minor: I. Allegro non moltoBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Winter: Concerto No. 4 in F minor: II LargoBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Winter: Concerto No. 4 in F minor: III. AllegroBoston Baroque, Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Geminiani: Concerto Grosso No. 4 in F Major: I. AdagioBoston Baroque, Martin Pearlman 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Geminiani: Concerto Grosso No. 4 in F Major: II. AllegroBoston Baroque, Martin Pearlman 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Geminiani: Concerto Grosso No. 4 in F Major: III. VivaceBoston Baroque, Martin Pearlman 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Geminiani: Concerto Grosso No. 4 in F Major: IV. AdagioBoston Baroque, Martin Pearlman 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Geminiani: Concerto Grosso No. 4 in F Major: V. AllegroBoston Baroque, Martin Pearlman 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Geminiani: Variations on La Follia, Concerto Grosso No. 12 in D MinorBoston Baroque, Martin Pearlman10:00$0.99  Buy MP3 


Product Details

  • Performer: Christina Day Martinson
  • Orchestra: Boston Baroque
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, Francesco Geminiani
  • Audio CD (January 13, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000TLZWBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Davis on April 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I didn't think that I (or anyone else) really needed another Four Seasons. Someone told me that there were more than 150 versions. This is pretty amazing considering that the first recording was only in 1942 and not really known here until about 1948. My favorites have been the English Concert and the recording by Monica Huggett and the Raglan Players. These are both outstanding period instruments recordings and are easy recommendations. I gave a very favorable review to a recording by Sarah Chang on modern instruments. I was pleasantly surprised by that one. This recording by Pearlman's Boston Baroque goes immediately to the top of the list for many reasons. It is a splendidly nuanced performance with very tasteful ornamentation and virtuoso playing (but never splashy or tasteless). Some may find the sound of this recording a bit thin, but these are period instruments and they can have a somewhat astringent sound. I think it is appropriate to the music. The Boston Baroque is in fine form here. They never try to overwhelm the listener (as does Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante in their tasteless and vulgar recording). There are enough dynamic contrasts to suit most listeners and there is the extra treat of the two Geminiani concerti grosso, the second being the famous La Follia variations based on Corelli's op. 5.

The notes by Pearlman are first rate and include the original program notes by Vivaldi (in Italian and English translation). For those who do not know what this means, the Four Seasons (the first four concerti of Vivaldi's Op. 8) is a very early example of programmatic music, in that it tells a story and the music represents the story. The only gripe is the incredibly small font used, so, unless you have great eyesight, get out your magnifying glass as I had to do. But don't pass up this recording. It is really a gem!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil in Mågnøliá TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 5, 2011
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There are so many performances of the Four Seasons available on CD that I suppose each new performer is compelled to do something new or different in order to bring attention to their own particular interpretation.

This performance by the Boston Baroque has been designed to be more in line with period practices than other recordings by competitive groups that have been released in recent years. It has received glowing reviews by many professional reviewers and was nominated for a Grammy award, so the critics have spoken, and they are stating very clearly that this is a standout work.

It was for all of those reasons that I decided to add it to my collection, even though I already have four or five other Four Season's CD's. I love this music, and was curious and decided to give this one a try.

I am not a classical music expert, simply a person who enjoys fine music. I continue to build my collection and my experience with all of the works that I have gathered together. With the Four Seasons, my preference is for what would probably be termed a "traditional" performance, and having listened to my favorite Four Seasons CD (Viktoria Mullova, Chamber Orchestra of Europe - see Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)) for so many times, it has become in my own mind the standard that I automatically reference when listening to any other performance.

There are differences in this performance, in what I would describe as timing, or pace, or emphasis, that just slightly differ from what I find most enjoyable. There are also sequences in this recording that are superb.
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