What could be better than touring Europe in the company of a musical genius? This installment of the Naxos Musical Journey pairs the breathtaking scenery of Europe with Vivaldi's evocative Four Seasons. "Spring" in Austria is a time of flitting birds, grazing sheep, and a flower festival. "Summer" in Germany features hayfields and summer storms. "Autumn" in Italy highlights the grape harvest, fog-engulfed valleys, wildlife, and famous paintings depicting the hunt. "Winter" in Switzerland offers breathtaking views of snow-filled trees, meandering streams, and horse-drawn sledges at twilight. In addition, Vivaldi's Concerto in D minor is accompanied by the healing waters, candle-lit churches, and hillside vistas of Montecatini Terme, a spa town in Tuscany, Italy. Solo violinist Takako Nishizaki gives an adroit performance with the Capella Istropolitana, and the crystal-clear picture and robust Dolby 5.1 and DTS sound make for an immensely enjoyable musical and visual experience. --Tami Horiuchi
From the Back Cover
Antonio Vivaldi's famed suite The Four Seasons is as enduring as the sights and culture of Europe itself.
This volume of the Naxos Musical Journey takes you on an astonishing tour of Europe's great countries. Vivaldi's music flows through the natural landscapes and flower festivals of Austria; to the beautiful stark sandflats of Germany; over the famed Scottish highlands; to the crystalline lakes, fertile vineyards and towering castles of Italy; through hushed snow-covered villages of Switzerland. This is a vivid and extraordinary experience as eternal as The Four Seasons itself. 56 minutes.