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Ars Antiqua Austria

The Four Seasons

  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917270020
  • Catalog number CC 72700
  • Release date 09 September 2016
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About the album

Austrian Baroque music takes center stage in the repertoire of this unusual Baroque ensemble. The music performed at the Imperial Court in Vienna at this time was initially heavily influenced by the music of Italy, later by that of France; Spanish court ceremonial also had important artistic effects in Vienna. The typical Austrian sound of this era was characterized by the impact of its many royal domains. The political and societal boundaries of Baroque Austria stretched much further than nowadays. Elements of Slavic, Hungarian and Alpine folk music styles had lasting effects on art music, making up its specific sound. But the Austrian sound also reflects the temperament and the character of the people of the time: placed within the melting pot of many diverse cultures, amalgamating Mediterranean zest for life, Slavic melancholy, French formalism, Spanish royal ceremony and the original Alpine elements of the German-speaking period. This mixture of court music and folk music with a dance-like character outlines the typically Austrian sound. The ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria is dedicated to musicological research of Austrian Baroque composers. The abundance of rediscovered works led to several successful premiere recordings, including albums featuring the works of R. Weichlen, H.I.F. Biber, G. Arnold, F. J. Aumann, and more. In the words of conductor Gunar Letzbor: “It is almost impossible nowadays to perform Vivaldi’s music without any preconceptions, even if one engages with it only rarely. Vivaldi’s sound is ubiquitous… There is so much to discover amongst his works, away from mainstream sounds. This recording and its preparation: practicing in peace and quiet, trying out sounds, receiving and discarding ideas, taking in the texts, rediscovering melodies, and if possible, never listening to any Vivaldi recordings.”

Comments

Robertus Groen

November 24th 2016 13:07
Today, 24.11.2016, this CD was presented at Pasticcio in Radio and I was and still am filled with joy, astonisment about this interpretation of this composition! Goose bumps all over, tears in my eyes and thrilled! Wow, that it is possible to struck me with this piece of music after so many years: Chapeau!

Robertus Groen

November 24th 2016 13:07
Today, 24.11.2016, this CD was presented at Pasticcio in Radio and I was and still am filled with joy, astonisment about this interpretation of this composition! Goose bumps all over, tears in my eyes and thrilled! Wow, that it is possible to struck me with this piece of music after so many years: Chapeau!

Ludovic Dulauroy

September 25th 2016 23:39
What a good suprise ! I was stuck on my chair and that is the first time of my life I've heard the four seasons twice. Undoubtly the best baroque violon I've heard in Vivaldi, above Carmignola, Beyer and even Podger Please, Gunar, play opus 9 or other concertos from Jiraneck, Vivaldi or Telemann !

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