Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Joshua Bell & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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The opening measures of this stately performance announce the ensemble's unusual approach: Instead of leaping with joy at the first sounds of "Spring," as is typical when interpreting Vivaldi, they hang back a bit. But not at the expense of vibrancy; the stately pace allows for a gleaming interplay to emerge between Joshua Bell and the Fields players. Their crisp dynamics bring the work’s pictorial suggestions to mind: There’s a fragile warmth during the “Adagio Molto” of “Autumn,” and a frigid contrast between the strings in the first movement from “Winter.”
Crystal clear recording of Bell, very high production value. Stylistically great too.
To ArialDemon0, if you don't like classical music, you have no business posting a review here. We don't need bigoted idiots like you. As far as the album goes, Joshua Bell does a great job at tackling Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons". I have many versions of this work, as I am a huge fan of Vivaldi, as well as Joshua. Highly recommended!
Joshua Bell is Fantastic!
Joshua Bell, one of my favorite violinists, presents us with a stunningly beautiful arrangement of Vivaldi's classic work. Truly worth a listen; in my opinion, one of the best versions of this collection I've ever heard.
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