Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Nils-Erik Sparf, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8 (1985)

Antonio Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons), Op.8 (1985)
Nils-Erik Sparf, baroque violin; Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-275 | Time: 00:39:58

If listeners had to commit to a single version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons for the rest of their lives, this 1984 BIS recording would be thoroughly satisfying choice. Superbly played, brilliantly recorded period instrument performances of this perennial masterpiece are all but a dime a dozen, and the differences between Hogwood's and Pinnock's and Harnoncourt's readings don't begin to make up for the fatal boredom of their performances. This version with Nils-Erik Sparf and the Drottningholm Court Baroque Ensemble would be an ideal choice because theirs is the freshest performance of the piece. Beyond their excellent technique and impeccable sense of style, Sparf and the Swedish musicians bring joy and enthusiasm to the music, and sound like they are in turn receiving happiness and energy from the music. There's real pleasure here, and real affection, as if the concertos were newly composed and these were their world premieres. Filled out with witty accounts of Vivaldi's F major Concerto for Bassoon and his G minor Concerto for Flute and Bassoon, this disc is a delight.
Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons (Michel Schwalbe, Herbert Von Karajan) (1972) Japanese Reissue 2004

Antonio Vivaldi - Le Quattro Stagioni (1972) Japanese Reissue 2004
Michel Schwalbé, violin solo; Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Herbert Von Karajan

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 254 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 117 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon, Universal | # UCCG-9503 | Time: 00:42:45

Karajan could be so expressive, with the big sound of the Berlin Philharmonic, in Vivaldi's very famous Magnum Opus. Solo violinist Michel Schwalbe is also terrific, quiet and bold alternately, as needed.
Antonio Vivaldi - The four seasons & Violin concertos with Itzhak Perlman (2006)

Antonio Vivaldi - The four seasons & Violin concertos with Itzhak Perlman (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks & cue & log) & mp3 @ 320 kbps | tracks: 21 | Covers | 1:13:05 | ~ 381 Mb & 177 Mb
Label: EMI | 5% recovery record | Classical, violin, orchestra

One of the best known and most beloved classical works of all times, Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons", plus some less known but wonderful violin concertos, are performed by the charismatic violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, backed by the London Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras. Perlman's playing is touching and the result is soul stirring. Enjoy a masterpiece in lossless.
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons / Von Karajan, Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic (1987)

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons / Von Karajan, Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic (1987)
DVDRip | XVID | Size: 1.07 GB | 704 x 528 | 1 068 Kbps | 4:3 | 25 fps | Audio MP3 320 Kbps | Stereo 48.0 KHz
1987 | Classical | Duration: 00:48.19
Antonio Vivaldi - I Musici / Agostini - The Four Seasons, 6 Concerti op. 8 (1990, Philips # 426 834-2)

Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, 6 Concerti op. 8
I Musici / Federico Agostini
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 274 MB | Full Artwork: 72 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Philips # 426 834-2 | Country/Year: Europe 1990
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque

"After hearing I Musici perform, Arturo Toscanini remarked, "Twelve individual instrumental masters, and together the finest chamber orchestra in the world." This Italian ensemble has long attracted international attention for their emphasis on brilliance, strength of attack, and high level of discipline, beginning with their first performances of seventeenth and eighteenth century Italian music. (…) I Musici over the years has constantly built upon its strengths, and the group members to apply the same dedication to their artistry as they did upon formation. Their performances can be heard on over 45 recordings, almost all under the Philips label."
Kyung-Wha Chung, St Luke's Chamber Ensemble - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2001)

Kyung-Wha Chung, St Luke's Chamber Ensemble - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2001)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 41:06 | 101 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics

Admirers of Kyung-Wha Chung will hardly mind the poor value in time-length (Kennedy, also on EMI, does not have a coupling, either), when it so winningly adds to Chung’s discography. It is the more welcome when, since her switch from Decca to EMI, new recordings from her have been all too few. This is an unashamedly traditional performance, one which has little or no regard for period practice, but gives us a sequence of four concertos in warmly relaxed readings. Unlike those of Kennedy and Mutter they avoid extreme speeds, either fast or slow.
James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong & Sydney Symphony - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong & Sydney Symphony - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 71:01 minutes | 1.38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

James Ehnes takes a break from the 19th and 20th century repertoire and has recorded for the first time in his career four of the most famous baroque violin concertos – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the first four works in his set of 12, op8. James also directs the Sydney Symphony.
Gli Incogniti & Amandine Beyer - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8 & Other Concertos (2008/2015) [24/96]

Gli Incogniti & Amandine Beyer - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8 & Other Concertos (2008/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 70:47 minutes | 1.40 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The one-to-a-part Gli Incogniti offer a pliant, transparent texture, and soloist Amandine Beyer's tone has an attractive brogue to it. Gramophone
Max Richter - Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (2013) [Official Digital Download]

Max Richter, Daniel Hope, Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin, André de Ridder - Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 59:19 minutes | 590 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Following the success of Recomposed by Max Richter, DG will release a Version 2 of the album. The new edition will come with new artwork and booklet incl. brand new remixes, shadows and the film that was shot in Berlin in December, that some of you experienced on site.
Igor Malinovsky, Dresdner Residenz Orchester - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2018)

Igor Malinovsky, Dresdner Residenz Orchester - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 201 MB
Label: Genuin | Tracks: 12 | Time: 39:06 min

For the second time, the violinist and jack-of-all-trades Igor Malinovsky releases a CD on GENUIN. The brilliant production of Russian violin sonatas is now followed by a marvelous classic of the concertante violin repertoire: Vivaldi's most famous concerts, the Four Seasons. Malinovsky's violin merges with the instruments of the Dresden Residence Orchestra, which he founded, to form an incredible unity. Everything sounds historically informed, but not dry, musical, but not romanticized. A recording as fresh as a spring rain!