Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - John Constable (continuo); John Constable (harpsichord); Joshua Bell (violin); Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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  1. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4), Op. 8/1-4
  2. Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, B. g5 ("The Devil's Trill")

When the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields began to popularize Vivaldi's music in the 1970s, it was on the cutting edge with its light, warm chamber orchestra sound, burnished to technical perfection yet sounding completely different from its symphonic cousins. Now, a recording like this one, with star violinist Joshua Bell, sounds conservative in comparison with young bucks like Fabio Biondi on the historical-performance side or even the young Dutch firebrand Janine Jansen. This big-budget (by classical standards) ...

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons 2008, Sony Classical

UPC: 886971101324