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    The sad thing about the "Four Seasons" is that Op. 8 contains 8 more concertos that are very good -- two with names and #9 is THE Vivaldi oboe concerto.

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    The Ayo/I Musici 1959 is my personal favorite. Ayo's tone is a mix of silver and gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    The Ayo/I Musici 1959 is my personal favorite. Ayo's tone is a mix of silver and gold.
    The classical Ayo/I Musici recording is from 1956. Well, they made a stereo remake with Ayo, but I think that was somewhat later than 1959. They also recorded the Four Seasons with Michelucci, Carmirelli, Agostini and several others. i

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    Quote Originally Posted by premont View Post
    The classical Ayo/I Musici recording is from 1956. Well, they made a stereo remake with Ayo, but I think that was somewhat later than 1959. They also recorded the Four Seasons with Michelucci, Carmirelli, Agostini and several others. i
    Thanks for the clarification. I currently have the Michelucci 1969, but still cherish the memory of the old Ayo LP.

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    Wink Four Seasons Challenge (38 recordings) - Part 1

    Winners



    Vivaldi
    The Four Seasons Le Quattro Stagioni
    from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8
    Gli Incogniti
    Amandine Beyer first violin & conductor
    Alpha (2008/2015 Reissue Edition)



    Vivaldi
    The Four Seasons Le Quattro Stagioni
    from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8
    Europa Galante
    Fabio Biondi first violin & conductor
    Erato (2000)



    Vivaldi
    The Four Seasons Le Quattro Stagioni
    from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8
    I Musici
    Pina Carmirelli first violin & conductor
    Decca (1983)


    4th Place



    Vivaldi
    The Four Seasons Le Quattro Stagioni
    from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8
    Dresdner Residenz Orchester
    Igor Malinovsky first violin & conductor
    Genuin (2018)


    5th Place



    Vivaldi
    The Four Seasons Le Quattro Stagioni
    from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8
    Australian Chamber Orchestra
    Richard Tognetti first violin & conductor
    BIS (2014)
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    Default Four Seasons Challenge (38 recordings) - Part 2

    6th place



    Vivaldi
    The Four Seasons Le Quattro Stagioni
    from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8
    Collegium Aureum
    Franzjosef Maier first violin & conductor
    Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (1977/1995 Reissue Edition)


    Great Alternative Version



    Vivaldi
    The Four Seasons Le Quattro Stagioni
    from Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op.8
    Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
    François Lazarevitch flute, recorder, baroque musette & conductor
    Alpha (2017)


    07. Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra
    08. Michelucci, I Musici
    09. Marriner, Academy St. Martin in the Fields
    10. Guglielmo, L'Arte del Arco

    I don't have the intention to publish a long review about the recordings. I've listened up to 40 different recordings during one week. First, modern versions (picking 5 finalists) and HIP recordings (5 + 1 finalists).

    I've tried from the likes of Karajan, Marriner, Pinnock, both Carmignolas, Münchinger/Krotzinger, Shaham, Kennedy in Berlin, Ottavio Dantone, Antonini, Perlman LPO, Sparf or Podger. They were out of the final 10, which I compared all today.

    Because this time I had placed Amandine Beyer before playing my biggest impressions from the other sessions, Malinovsky and Biondi Erato, everything seemed bland. The recording quality is incredible in the most new ones, saying Tognetti, Malinovsky and Beyer (Biondi not too far). Marriner, Carmirelli and specially Franzjosef Maier share a unique charm in the whole concert. However, the Seiji Ozawa with Silverstein in Boston is a really undercover triumph I didn't expect from them. One of my favourite modern performances. I wasn't such a fan of the Original edition used by Guglielmo.

    Anyways, I reccomend to compare all the CDs listed above. May really buy the Amandine Beyer new edition in Alpha and probably the Igor Malinovsky from Dresden, both absolutely stunning in their own way. (Don't let Malinovsky's indulgent Spring deter you).

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    I recommend to give this one a listen : Midori Seiler/Akademie fur alte Musik

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    My first Four Seasons recording was this one, Viktoria Mullova on violin, with Claudio Abbado leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Recorded La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, 2/1987.

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    Since that purchase, I've picked up probably another dozen or so, and this performance by Giuliano Carmignola with Andrea Marcon leading the Venice Baroque Orchestra, 1999 recording, is the one I enjoy the most (in addition to Mullova).

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