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 (24)

Comment by DYB - June 19, 2020 (22 of 24)

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 24)

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 24)

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

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