- The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4
- Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor, Op. 12/1, RV 317
This EMI release of "The Four Seasons" gives violinist Sarah Chang top billing (as would be expected) and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra a smaller, less significant listing. As far as the quality of performance goes, however, Orpheus should absolutely be considered the star of this recording with Chang getting the footnote instead. This is simply not the case; from the ridiculously posed glamour photos filling the liner notes to the balance of the performance itself, this album is all about Chang. The most fulfilling aspects are the orchestral tuttis. Orpheus is truly at its best here, playing with as much energy and passion as the much ballyhooed recording with the Venice Baroque Orchestra. The sound is impressively full given the group's relatively small size; articulation and intonation line up with incredible precision. Regrettably, Chang does not play with the same level of refinement. Her playing on this album is quite forced and harsh-sounding that does not match well at all with the superb orchestral accompaniment. Tempos also fluctuate unnecessarily while Chang is playing as opposed to the rock-steady pace set by the orchestra alone. The liner notes include the sonnets Vivaldi included with the four concertos -- something frequently left out of most recordings -- but this does not make up for Chang's brash, unnuanced offering.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I eagerly waited for this album, and I was not disappointed. Sarah Chang's interpretation is fresh and unique. She adds color and spark to every season. The added violin concerto is played with great energy, but there is a pleasant sweetness in the beautiful second movement. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra does a phenomenal job accompanying Sarah Chang and her vibrant sound, making this album one of the best in her repertoire. Every Sarah Chang fan should grab a copy of this flawless album!