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Jaap van Zweden

The Four Seasons

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917274622
  • Catalog number CC 72746
  • Release date 09 September 2016
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About the album

It is remarkable that listeners in later ages hardly ever share the preferences of a composer’s contemporaries. This is also true to a certain extent in the case of Antonio Vivaldi. The twelve concertos op. 8, Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione of which The Four Seasons are the first four, were only printed four times. The first edition, published in Amsterdam by Michel Charles Ie Cène, appeared in 1725, and it was reprinted three times by the Paris publisher Le Clerc (app. 1739-1748). L’Estro’s popularity was equalled by Il Cimento only in France. This great success in France was undoubtedly due partly to the fact that French theoreticians often were less skeptical about the onomatopoeic potential of music than for instance their English colleagues. We do not know how Vivaldi himself regarded these theoretical questions. There are hardly any quotations extant from the Venetian master in which he airs his views on composition or aesthetics. Even the relation between the score of  The Four Seasons and the four “explanatory sonnets” that Vivaldi had printed along with the first edition, is not quite clear. Did Vivaldi, in writing The Four Seasons, base himself on a specific programme? From the countless special effects the score offers it appears that this must have been the case. Yet the fact that some sonnet lines have no parallel in the music suggests the programme was not as well-defined as the sonnets would lead us to believe.

Bruckner Box by Jaap van Zweden

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image With the recordings of Bruckner Symphonies in the past years, conductor Jaap van Zweden and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra expect a tidal wave of positive reviews and reactions worldwide. How beautiful for Challenge Classics to bring together all these shots in an 11 CD Box set of all 9 masterpieces. A superb new milestone in our catalog, which is certainly the reference recording for all lovers of the genre!

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