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Vivaldi's Four Seasons
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Vivaldi's Four Seasons

A. Vivaldi Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000028TW4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Allegro
2. II. Largo
3. III. Allegro
4. I. Allegro Non Molto
5. II. Adagio
6. III. Presto
7. I. Allegro
8. II. Adagio molto
9. III. Allegro
10. I. Allegro Non Molto
11. II. Largo
12. III. Allegro
13. I. Prelude; Presto
14. II. Allemande
15. III. Courante
16. IV. Sarabande
17. V. Bouree
18. VI. Gigue

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtuoso meets Vivaldi November 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I admit I was a bit skeptical to see this on the store racks. Vivaldi's famous concertos with solo harp spotlighted? Hmm... However, I went ahead and got it, as I am a fan of Telarc. I was not disappointed. The string orchestra, the marvelous I Fiamminghi, and Ms. Kondonassis were impeccable! It seemed as thought their performance was as natural as it ought to sound. This is a great rendition of the "Four Seasons" and a must for any Vivaldi fan.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Four Seasons" in an Exciting New Way! December 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of my favorite "classical" instruments is the harp. Unfortunately for me (and other harp fans), most harp music consists of pretty and sparkling show pieces full of glissandos and little else. Yes, save for the recorder, the harp is one of the hardest instrument for which to find good, engrossing music.

And this is why I like Yolanda Kondonassis so much! One of the oh-so-few pioneers in the harp world, she has mastered the art of transcribing and playing music not originally for the harp to sound like it could be played on no other instrument. Satie's "Gnossienne," Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words," and now, Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."

Again, Kondonassis does the trick. Who would have thought that concertos for violin - in parts, agressive; in others, weepy - could translate so well to the harp? Yes, some of the augustness of the Allegros (and a Presto) aren't as snappy as with a violin, but the concertos take on a whole new - and just as pleasing - character.

What makes this work so well is Kondonassis's understanding that one cannot simply change the lead violin to a harp and leave it at that. In certain movements ("Spring's" Largo, for instance), the lead violin is kept as is, and the harp plays a supporting role. In other movements, ("Autumn's" Adagio molto) the harp takes over, not for the violin, but for the harpsichord. Kondassis does not force the harp into situations for which it is not equipped. Rather, she weaves the harp in using tase and tact.

T(he only movement in which the harp sounded akward was the all-too-well-known allegro of "Spring." The harp did not project well amidst the other strings. It is ashame, given that this is the lead-off movement, and one so well known.)

But all-in-all, I think Kondonassis scores big points with this one. Thanks to her, there is one more great work in the harp's repotoire!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous CD June 11, 2009
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Yolanda Kondonassis is the very best of world harpists. You will not be disappointed. This is fabulous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous! March 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love Yolanda's work and this recording is no different. The performance is perfect in every way. Yolanda is as precise, distinct, full of expression and perfect as always. Anyone buying this CD knowing it was transcribed for the harp by Yolanda Kondonassis will have their expectations met and their musical need fulfilled. If you are wanting the more traditional violin (original) version then this will not work for you! In that case I would recommend Nigel Kennedy's recording.
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