Pressed at Optimal Media!
Craft Recordings is honoring the legacy of Telarc Records by re-releasing four of the most famous titles in the label's long and storied catalog on vinyl LP for the first time in over 35 years.
Seiji Ozawa conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra with violinist Joseph Silverstein for this recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is the best-loved work by this baroque composer. Performed here by members of the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra, with its legendary conductor Seiji Ozawa, the four movements show Vivaldi's imaginative use of melody, rhythm, harmony and musical texture to paint a vivid portrait of Earth's seasons. This vinyl pressing marks the first for this Telarc title since 1982.
Seiji Ozawa had a fondness for more modern compositions, but his efforts on this 1982 release showcase his versatility with one of the finest performances of The Four Seasons ever recorded and the standard by which many future recordings would come to be judged. With over 500,000 albums sold since its release, it's no wonder that this recording would be chosen as one of the initial four vinyl releases.
This LP was cut, as are all the others, by Eric Boulanger on Stan Ricker's own equipment (with some slight modifications), which Boulanger bought from Ricker's estate.
"The sound of these early Telarcs holds up very, very well with sonic quality that's far superior to most analog orchestral recordings from the "majors" in the mid- to late-1970s. It's not just Stockham's Soundstream recorder, encoding at a bit-depth of 16 and a sampling rate of 50,000Hz. Woods and Renner had the advantage of making these recordings in... very favorable acoustic environments...and Renner's long experience recording large ensembles with a minimalist technique contributed as well to the superb result. The electronics in the recording chain were beyond reproach, and top-notch mastering engineers...cut the lacquers for the original disc..."
"(The) Original pressing... (was) on hand for comparison. The new, thicker record was sonically superior. Instrumental sonorities were richer and more intense..."
"We should not forget that Telarc Records International gave us more than a taste of what was possible 40 years ago and Craft's new vinyl pressings are an excellent way to remember this significant moment in audio history." - Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, February 2019
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Pressed at Optimal Media
• Gatefold jacket
• Made in Germany
Joseph Silverstein, violin
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
La Primavera (Spring), Op. 8, No. 1 / RV 269
Concerto No. 1 in E Major
L'Estate (Summer) Op. 8, No. 2 / RV 315
Concerto No. 2 in G minor
4. Allegro non molto
L'Autunno (Autumn) Op. 8, No. 3 / RV 293
Concerto No. 3 in F Major
2. Adagio molto
L'Inverno (Winter) Op. 8, No. 4 / RV 297
Concerto No. 4 in F minor
4. Allegro non molto