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Vivaldi : The Four Seasons

Hi guys

I had this lp (actually 4 lps - single sided 45 rpm) for over a week now and today i decided to give it a spin.
Comments : Not the best intepretation of the 4 seasons i've heard but certainly "different".Soundwise,ZERO surface noise but the recording feels kinda "airless" Too rounded i might say.

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Re: Vivaldi : The Four Seasons

As is the case with other formats, the sonic quality of 45rpm vinyl reissues (I'm assuming you're referring to a reissue) varies from OK to excellent. One of my favorite Four Seasons is a Deutsche Grammophon CD from 1982 featuring Stern, Zuckerman, Mintz, and Perlman with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Oddly enough, this Red Book recording (a DDD at that) has fine sonics as well as wonderful musicianship. The sound of the hall is there as well as the music. Format aside, some engineers and producers just do better work than others.

Perhaps the techniques that resulted in the silent backgrounds you experienced detracted from the ambience of the recording, but that is just a guess. Others who frequent this forum and who have done more recording than I can probably speak to that issue more productively.

Incidentally, which recording is it that has been disappointing to you? Who are the musicians and who made the recording?

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Re: Vivaldi : The Four Seasons

Hi Cheapskate

It wasn't a reissue.It was recorded in 2000 and the musicians were the "Fone Ensemble".
I got a few months ago a sacd of the 4seasons conducted by S.Ozawa,now that was a good recording/performance but my favorite is by Trevor Pinnock and the Acadeny Of Ancient Music.Try this one,if you can get a copy.

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A mistake

Not the "Academy of ancient music" , that's Christopher Hogwoods disc.With the English concert. sorry.

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For mp3 audiophiles: Vivaldi's "Four Seasons"

Of interest to classical mp3 audiophiles

As a producer and compressed-audio developer I'm intimately familiar with the IPO's "Four Seasons", and have used it for many years as a benchmark in my work. On the recent occasion of Zubin Mehta's 70th birthday I was honored to present to him a Compaxx Masterworks historical restoration of this wonderful performance, both in CD as well as Compaxx-enhanced mp3. In the past I've also presented this to the late Isaac Stern, whose input was invaluable.

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