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Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - A Naxos Musical Journey


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Product Details

  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305838550
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Concerto in D Minor, Op. 3, No. 11
  • Takako Nishizaki, violin; Capella Istropolitana, Stephen Gunzenhauser and Jozef Kopelman, conductors

Editorial Reviews

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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.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 30, 2000
When I first saw these music DVDs advertised I was bit worried about there not being any views of the orchestra playing - only pictures of scenes around Europe. Personally I like to SEE the orchestra playing because that is the nearest one can get to actually being at the performance. However, I was very surprised and pleased to see how well Naxos have done these DVDs. The picture quality is absolutely superb and is as pin sharp as one can get with the NTSC 525 line system. I'd love to see them if they are ever issued in the European PAL system with their higher resolution of 625 lines! The colours are brilliant, clean and natural.
The sound is available in Dolby 5.1 and DTS and plain ol' stereo even though the stereo option is not mentioned on the cover. What I found nice was that I could change from 5.1 to DTS while the music was playing instead of having to stop the disk. Of interest to me was that the data rate when playing Dolby 5.1 was 448 kbps but in DTS the rate went up to 1,509 kbps - an increase of three times. This was definately noticeable in the playback quality where there the sound was crisper and cleaner. The cover states that the audio is remastered in Dolby Digital and DTS. What it doesn't say is what it's remastered FROM. This concerns me because unless the original recordings were made in Dolby Surround, how can one ever produce six channel surround from two channel stereo unless the original was multi-track recording? If anyone knows what system the original sound was recorded in, I'd like to hear from them.
Now to the minus points! The cover states "Features E-Z Menu system for the most accessable navigation." Personally I think they should have called it Diff-ee-kult Menu System - because easy it is NOT until one gets used to it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By eric_the_redder on July 17, 2002
I listened to this in my car, so I can't comment about the visuals. But I will say that the sound is very clear and open. Also, I personally enjoyed the performance, and I'm quite picky about the 4 seasons (love Trevor Pinnock/English Concert, didn't much care for Parrot/Taverner players if that helps)
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By Chris on July 3, 2000
When I first saw these music DVDs advertised I was bit worried about there not being any views of the orchestra playing - only pictures of scenes around Europe. Personally I like to SEE the orchestra playing because that is the nearest one can get to actually being at the performance. However, I was very surprised and pleased to see how well Naxos have done these DVDs. The picture quality is absolutely superb and is as pin sharp as one can get with the NTSC 525 line system. I'd love to see them if they are ever issued in the European PAL system with their higher resolution of 625 lines! The colours are brilliant, clean and natural.
The sound is available in Dolby 5.1 and DTS and plain ol' stereo even though the stereo option is not mentioned on the cover. What I found nice was that I could change from 5.1 to DTS while the music was playing instead of having to stop the disk. Of interest to me was that the data rate when playing Dolby 5.1 was 448 kbps but in DTS the rate went up to 1,509 kbps - an increase of three times. This was definately noticeable in the playback quality where there the sound was crisper and cleaner. The cover states that the audio is remastered in Dolby Digital and DTS. What it doesn't say is what it's remastered FROM. This concerns me because unless the original recordings were made in Dolby Surround, how can one ever produce six channel surround from two channel stereo unless the original was multi-track recording?
Now to the minus points! The cover states "Features E-Z Menu system for the most accessable navigation." Personally I think they should have called it Diff-ee-kult Menu System - because easy it is NOT until one gets used to it! On the cover, the tracks each have a number. On the disk they do NOT!
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By A. R. Monahan on September 24, 2014
Purchased to complete the series. The Music & video are perfectly matched.
Sort-of a "Poor Man's Travelogue' with Classical Music, Traveled all over Europe!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Leonard on March 11, 2014
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No problem. They sent it to me and that's all there is to it. I need to keep typing words.
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