Janine Jansen / Henk Rubingh / Candida Thompson

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

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Eschewing its usual heavy orchestral sound in favor of a more stripped-down instrumentation, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen's second album offers a fresh interpretation of one of the most performed classical works, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The 2005 follow-up to her Barry Wordsworth-conducted debut, the subtle but passionate renditions of the "La Primavera," "L'estate," "L'autunno," and "L'inverno" concertos are performed with a sparse, eight-piece ensemble including Lithuanian violinist Julian Rachlin, her cellist brother Maarten, and harpsichordist father Jan.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4
1
3:21
2
2:25
3
4:01
4
5:15
5
2:12
6
2:47
7
5:01
8
2:45
9
3:19
10
3:00
11
1:34
12
3:15
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