Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Steinbacher

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Steinbacher

PentaTone Classics  PTC 5186746

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Piazzolla: 4 Estaciones Porteñas

Arabella Steinbacher, violin
Münchener Kammerorchester


Star violinist Arabella Steinbacher presents Antonio Vivaldi’s world-famous Four Seasons alongside Astor Piazzolla’s Cuatro estaciones porteñas, creating a lively combination of baroque and tango. The enormous popularity of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons tends to make us forget the original and ground-breaking nature of these violin concertos. Coupling them with Piazzolla’s tango-inspired Four Seasons of Buenos Aires makes both pieces sound fresher than ever before, thanks to Steinbacher’s personal engagement with the repertoire and the inspired accompaniment of the Münchener Kammerorchester. Piazzolla’s music is performed here in a new arrangement for violin and string orchestra by Peter von Wienhardt, whose Strauss song arrangements on Steinbacher’s previous album Aber der Richtige … (2018) were extensively praised by the press.

Arabella Steinbacher, a multiple award-winner with an extensive PENTATONE discography, is accompanied by the players of the Münchener Kammerorchester, who make their PENTATONE debut.

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Comments (28)

Comment by DYB - June 19, 2020 (22 of 28)

I agree with Dissonance 100%: it makes no sense to me why Chandos and Bis clip their recordings at 24/96. It really costs next to nothing to go to 192 and above. It can't the storage that's worrying them. They just must think there's no need for that. But that's how we ended up with 16 bit recordings done as late as the 2000s. People failed to look up and see not the future, but the present staring right at them. (I was heartbroken, for example, to learn that the entire Bach Pilgrimage by John Eliot Gardiner was recorded in 16 bit.)

Comment by hiredfox - June 20, 2020 (23 of 28)

DYB The simple answer is 'arrogance' on the part of some recording houses, they seem genuinely to believe that they know what is best for us without the need of consultation!

All past attempts by audiophiles to influence the way they have recorded has been met either with a strong rebuke (we don't know what we are talking about) or stony silence and a refusal to engage.

It is invidious to name names but "they" will know who I mean. My advice has always been to avoid buying their products unless absolutely necessary because of the repertoire.

Comment by diw - June 28, 2020 (24 of 28)

Great to see you back posting on here, Tom. tailspn:) I hope you will be a regular, again.

Comment by Adrian Quanjer - July 5, 2020 (25 of 28)

Back to Vivaldi, Pioazzolla & Steinbacher.

I wonder how many have now listened to it and how they value the result. The idea is not new. As far as I know, it was Gidon Kremer who suggested to record the combination. And there is also this version in high resolution: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Piazzolla: Las Cuatro Estaciones - Revich, Schlaefli which I was happy to review. Since I know Arabella’s account only from the short MP3 clips available on the internet, I cannot compare.

Comment by John Bacon-Shone - July 6, 2020 (26 of 28)

No reference to this version, which seems to have the idea first?

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Piazzolla: Las Cuatro Estaciones - St. John, Marturet

Thanks, John

Comment by Mark Werlin - July 14, 2020 (27 of 28)

Adrian is correct. Gidon Kremer's version was the first.

The Eight Seasons - Vivaldi, Piazzolla / Kremerata Baltica

Release Date: 02/29/2000
Label: Nonesuch Catalog #: 79568 Spars Code: n/a
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla
Performer: Gidon Kremer
Conductor: Gidon Kremer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kremerata Baltica

Lara St. John's SACD of the Vivaldi/Piazzolla pairing was released in 2009.

Isabelle Van Keulen's ensemble have released three SACDs of Piazzolla on Challenge. The first, Piazzolla: Tango! - Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble, contains two of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires; the second, Piazzolla: Grand Tango! - Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble, contains the other two. The first SACD, which is in my collection, is identified on the back cover as a DSD recording.

Comment by DYB - July 15, 2020 (28 of 28)

One note about Lara St. John's recording is she does not mix the movements of the two works: first the full Vivaldi is performed and then the full Piazzolla. I have seen it this way in concert (NY Philharmonic did it a couple of seasons ago with their wonderful concertmaster playing solo in both. They released the Vivaldi only as a high-res digital download.)

I saw someone say they will not get this Steinbacher set because it mixes the two works, which I agree is annoying, but the perks of digital is that we can easily rearrange the movements!

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