Antonio Vivaldi - Le Quattro Stagioni. Four Concertos for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 8 39:10
Concerto No. 1 in E major Spring - La Primavera.
1. I. Allegro 3:14
2. II. Largo e pianissimo sempre 1:59
3. III. Allegro - Danza pastorale 4:18
Concerto No. 2 in G minor Summer - L´ Estate.
4. I. Allegro non molto 5:08
5. II. Adagio 2:09
6. Presto - Tempo impetuoso d´Estate 2:39
Concerto No. 3 in F major Autumn - L´ Autunno.
7. I. Allegro - Ballo e Canto de´ Villanelli 5:03
8. II. Adagio molto - Ubriachi dormienti 2:42
9. III. Allegro - La caccia 3:30
Concerto No. 4 in F minor Winter - L´ Inverno.
10. I. Allegro non molto 3:20
11. II. Largo 1:45
12. III. Allegro 3:23
Johann Sebastian Bach - Concerto for Two Violins and Strings in D minor, BWV 1043 13:18
13. 1. Vivace 3:16
14. 2. Largo ma non tanto 5:46
15. 3. Allegro 4:16
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Pavel Šporcl violin
The first four parts of Antonio Vivaldi' s twelve violin concertos, Op. 8, from 1725, "The Four Seasons", are today one of the most frequently performed concerto pieces worldwide. They have been performed by perhaps every famous violinist of the present day. This fresh new recording by Pavel Sporcl with the Prague Philharmonia shows that despite the "saturated market" it is still possible to come up with a singular, unique conception. Sporcl plays his new, provocatively blue-varnished violin, custom built for him by the finest Czech violin-maker, Jan Spidlen. According to some critics, currently the best recording in Sporcl' s discography is not authentic in terms of the instruments used, yet both the soloist and the orchestra, besides brilliant technique, possess a great sense for Baroque phrasing and "chiaroscuro". Bach' s concerto for two violins in D minor starkly contrasts with Vivaldi' s figurativeness and expressivity. Here you will hear Sporcl' s new instrument twice since the soloist recorded both of the solo parts. As a bonus, the CD contains a video recording of the Spring and Winter parts directly from the studio.