Vivaldi The Four Seasons LP

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One-Take Audiophile Recording Released on 180g Vinyl LP!

Solo violinist Shunske Sato leads the Concerto Koln for this sparkling release of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Recorded in Kempen, Germany on June 25 and 26, 2016.

"Freedom" is the word that underpins this recording by Concerto Koln. Thoroughly in keeping with historical performance practice, this ensemble explores the vividness of spontaneity in Vivaldi's music. Uncompromising and authentic, the freedom of their style is portrayed in recording made without cuts, of audiophile quality and enhanced by a special microphone systems developed by audio manufacturer MBL.

“Something new every moment.” – If we are to believe Shunske Sato, leader of Concerto Köln and soloist on this sparkling release of Antonio Vivaldi's “Four Seasons”, what is at the heart of this recording is the idea of freedom. Freedom, too, in more ways than one. True to the principles of historical performance practice, the ensemble delivers the vitality of spontaneous playing in Vivaldi's music. No compromise, no tampering: the freedom of this performance situation is reflected in a recording made without cuts. And in the end it is the music itself which brings freedom. Vivaldi sometimes wrote down no more than melodic outlines, on which the soloist is to improvise. “Slavishly following what is on the page? That’s an idea that was completely foreign to musicians up to the start of the 20th century. Imagination, personality and one’s own view of a piece of music were what was expected,” comments Sato.

• 180g Vinyl
• One-take audiophile recording (No artificial hall & compression) & enhanced by a special microphone systems developed by audio manufacturer MBL
• Main microphones: 2x Sennheiser MKH-8040; Compact Cardiod Condenser microphones, and customized MXL V6 Cardiod Consenser microphones
• Recorded, Printed and Manufactured in Germany
• Gatefold Jacket

Shunske Sato, violin
Mayumi Hiraskaki, violin I
Markus Hoffmann, violin I
Frauke Pohl, violin I
Jorg Buschhaus, violin II
Antje Engle, violin II
Hedwig Van Der Linde, violin II
Chiharu Abe, violin II
Antje Sabinski, violin II
Claudia Steeb, violin II
Alexander Scherf, violoncello
Jean-Michel Forest, double-bass
Gianluca Capuano, cembalo
Michael Ducker, lute
Concerto Koln

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
The Four Seasons

Spring: Concerto in E Major
Op. 8, No. 1 RV 269
Summer: Concerto in G Minor
Op. 8, No. 2 RV 315
Autumn: Concerto in F Major
Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293
Winter: Concerto in F Minor
Op. 8, No. 4 RV 297

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