Release Date: 02/07/1995
Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon Catalog #: 439933 Spars Code: DDD
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Gil Shaham
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1
Recorded in: Stereo
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins
This recording comes with a free CD-ROM.
The modern popularity of Baroque music is a striking contrast to its original reception. Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons,’ written in 1725, was hardly noticed by music critics until it was revived in the early 1920s. Today it is one of the most recognized compositions of all time. Each mellifluent movement has worked its way into our common cultural language.
This disc, which features a CD-ROM encoding of a video for the “Winter” movement (both Macintosh- and PC-compatible), is a 1993 recording of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. This talented young group is bringing new popularity to its music through nontraditional means. The “Winter” video, which received its broadcast premier on The Weather Channel, gained the attention of a new audience.
Tipping his hat to Vivaldi, Fritz Kreisler’s “Concerto in C Major in the Style of Vivaldi” is a tribute to the emotional power of the Red Priest’s strings. Although nothing plays like the original, Kreisler’s composition is an excellent study in the elements that let Vivaldi withstand critics and stand the test of time.