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I wouldn’t call this an homage so much as a re-envisioning of the original concept. Listen to the Vivaldi—study it—then hear what Piazzolla does with it. The music is complex and rewards repeated listening. The Vivaldi is well performed and Kremer adds some beautiful colors to the notes. What really impresses is the brilliance of Piazzolla. These are not your grandma's polite, Venetian seasons—it’s the jungle of Buenos Aires, and Piazzolla makes you FEEL it. Amazingly, there are no percussionists, so the musical onomatopoeia is done entirely with bows, strings and fingerboards. Kremer is a virtuoso: he tumbles and soars through the music brilliantly. Don’t let the iTunes previews scare you—its not all “fire and brimstone”. The cello solo in Otoño Porteño are gorgeous, and Invierno is great fun.


This is not the only album of the Four Seasons that I have, but it is my favorite. With its striking strings and incredibly original interpretation, it floats above all others. It's amazing. Buy it. Now.

One of the best Classical Pieces!

I have played Autumn and Winter in School before (a much easier version) and a friend of mine has found the real sheet music for the movements. These are really good. A must have in your Classical Music Collection!


Born: February 27, 1947 in Riga, Latvia

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Violinist Gidon Kremer was born in Riga, Latvia on February 27, 1947; he began studying music at age four under the tutelage of his father and grandfather, both noted string players in their own right. Three years later he was accepted to the Riga Music School, and at 16 won first prize at the Latvian Republic. Following a tenure studying at the Moscow Conservatory under David Oistrakh, in 1967 Kremer took home top honors in the Queen Elizabeth Competition; he subsequently won first prize in Genoa's...
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Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires - Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Gidon Kremer
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Raíces, Music, Latino, Classical
  • Released: 2000

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