Le Quattro Stagioni
The Four Seasons: Spring, RV269
The Four Seasons: Summer, RV315
The Four Seasons: Autumn, RV293
The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297
Concerto for strings 'Il riposo - per il Santissimo Natale', RV 270
Violin Concerto in E major, RV271 'L'Amoroso'
Concerto for Violin "Il Grosso Mogul" in D major RV 208
Rachel Podger - violin
& Brecon Baroque
Johannes Pramsohler - violin
Sabine Stoffer - violin
Jane Rogers - viola
Alison McGillivray - violoncello
Jan Spencer - violone
Daniele Caminiti - theorbo
Marcin Swiatkiewicz - harpsichord/chamber organ
What better music than Vivaldi’s ‘Le Quattro Stagioni’ to start the celebration of Rachel’s 50th birthday year! Together with the star players of Brecon Baroque, Rachel guides you through the seasons of nature and life.
Producer Jonathan Freeman-Attwood: ‘The irresistible characterpieces that pit solo violin against string ensemble in Vivaldi’s ‘Le Quattro Stagioni’ have reached the ears of millions over the last few generations. Most recordings adopt a strikingly similar approach to the scores, and familiarity has blunted the music’s edge: we have passed the point of rediscovery and have stopped listening intently to the freshness of Vivaldi’s invention.
Working with Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque has been an object lesson in starting anew and identifying the ingredients which make ‘Le Quattro Stagioni’ great works. Virtuosity is non-negotiable here and Rachel has it in abundance. But it’s the colour, poetry, vibrancy and evocative characterisation of weather, human warmth and fragility, captured by the dynamic flux of Rachel interlocking with her colleagues in Brecon Baroque, that deliver near-unimaginable qualities in this music.
Channel Classics SACD CCSSA40318
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|Awards||BBC Music Magazine Recommended, Gramophone Editors Choice|
|Label||Channel Classics Records|
|Release Period||April 2018|