Neville Marriner / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; L'Estro Armonico; La Stravaganza; etc.

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Anyone seeking a respectable Vivaldi collection by dependable performers will find this seven-disc set from Decca more than suitable for everyday needs and quite rewarding on repeated listening. Bearing in mind that these recordings were made between 1969 and 1977 and have some analog tape hiss, connoisseurs of sparkling digital sound will not be satisfied. But this is still a fine compilation of significant recordings, and Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields turn in remarkably vigorous and expressive readings of Christopher Hogwood's exemplary performing editions. The Four Seasons, L'estro Armonico, La stravaganza, La cetra, and the eight wind concertos presented here are among the most popular of Vivaldi's varied output, and are central to any serious collection of his works. Marriner and his scholarly musicians introduced many period performance practices in their renditions, and though they play modern instruments in most cases, there are several occasions where Baroque originals or modern copies are used. There are many instances where unusual effects are achieved, but one of the most striking is the sul ponticello bowing in the opening of the "Winter" Concerto, a chilling passage rarely matched in other recordings. This set is recommended with only slight reservations over the sound quality.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4
1 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:11 Amazon
2 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:30 Amazon
3 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:40 Amazon
4 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 05:50 Amazon
5 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:36 Amazon
6 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:53 Amazon
7 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 05:00 Amazon
8 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:55 Amazon
9 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:29 Amazon
10 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:18 Amazon
11 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:19 Amazon
12 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:04 Amazon
13 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 13:20 Amazon
14 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 07:28 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
L' estro armonico, concertos (12) for 1-4 solo instruments, strings & continuo, Op. 3
1 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:03 Amazon
2 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:48 Amazon
3 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:33 Amazon
4 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:33 Amazon
5 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:24 Amazon
6 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:02 Amazon
7 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:34 Amazon
8 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:14 Amazon
9 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:03 Amazon
10 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:21 Amazon
11 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:54 Amazon
12 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:01 Amazon
13 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:57 Amazon
14 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:55 Amazon
15 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:53 Amazon
16 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:48 Amazon
17 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:52 Amazon
18 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:58 Amazon
19 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:35 Amazon
20 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:25 Amazon
21 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:31 Amazon
22 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:55 Amazon
23 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:38 Amazon
24 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:11 Amazon
25 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:34 Amazon
26 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:04 Amazon
27 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:30 Amazon
28 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:59 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
L' estro armonico, concertos (12) for 1-4 solo instruments, strings & continuo, Op. 3
1 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:50 Amazon
2 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:57 Amazon
3 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:34 Amazon
4 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:06 Amazon
5 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:36 Amazon
6 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:39 Amazon
7 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:16 Amazon
8 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:19 Amazon
9 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:54 Amazon
10 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 07:48 Amazon
11 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 11:42 Amazon
12 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 10:27 Amazon
13 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 11:43 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La stravaganza, violin concertos (12) for violin, strings & continuo, Op. 4
1 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:21 Amazon
2 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:57 Amazon
3 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:48 Amazon
4 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:21 Amazon
5 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:23 Amazon
6 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:44 Amazon
7 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:20 Amazon
8 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:50 Amazon
9 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:08 Amazon
10 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:09 Amazon
11 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:17 Amazon
12 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:02 Amazon
13 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:54 Amazon
14 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:25 Amazon
15 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:44 Amazon
16 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:49 Amazon
17 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:58 Amazon
18 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:14 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La stravaganza, violin concertos (12) for violin, strings & continuo, Op. 4
1 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:25 Amazon
2 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:50 Amazon
3 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:11 Amazon
4 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:12 Amazon
5 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:17 Amazon
6 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:15 Amazon
7 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:51 Amazon
8 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:59 Amazon
9 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:43 Amazon
10 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:11 Amazon
11 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:30 Amazon
12 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:53 Amazon
13 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:56 Amazon
14 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:09 Amazon
15 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:10 Amazon
16 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:46 Amazon
17 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:11 Amazon
18 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:54 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La cetra, concertos (12) for one or two solo instruments, strings & continuo in two books, Op. 9
1 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:41 Amazon
2 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:50 Amazon
3 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:44 Amazon
4 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:17 Amazon
5 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:28 Amazon
6 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:16 Amazon
7 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:37 Amazon
8 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:22 Amazon
9 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:17 Amazon
10 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:45 Amazon
11 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:03 Amazon
12 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:45 Amazon
13 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:40 Amazon
14 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 01:54 Amazon
15 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:21 Amazon
16 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:52 Amazon
17 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:53 Amazon
18 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 05:17 Amazon
19 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:13 Amazon
20 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:21 Amazon
21 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:28 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La cetra, concertos (12) for one or two solo instruments, strings & continuo in two books, Op. 9
1 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:53 Amazon
2 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:31 Amazon
3 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:20 Amazon
4 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:37 Amazon
5 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:29 Amazon
6 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:08 Amazon
7 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:53 Amazon
8 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:00 Amazon
9 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:10 Amazon
10 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:25 Amazon
11 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:42 Amazon
12 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 03:35 Amazon
13 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 05:28 Amazon
14 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 02:51 Amazon
15 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 04:33 Amazon
16 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 09:02 Amazon
17 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner 10:58 Amazon
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