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VIVALDI, A.: 4 Seasons (The) / BRITTEN, B.: Simple Symphony (Anselmi, I Musici, Anselmi)

VIVALDI, A.: 4 Seasons (The) / BRITTEN, B.: Simple Symphony (Anselmi, I Musici, Anselmi)

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release date: July 2013


Antonio Anselmi


Antonio Anselmi


Musici, I



Forum Music Village, Rome, Italy


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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 54:54
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VIVALDI, A.: 4 Seasons (The) / BRITTEN, B.: Simple Symphony (Anselmi, I Musici, Anselmi)

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The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in E major, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring)

1 I. Allegro 3:20
2 II. Largo e pianissimo sempre 2:19
3 III. Danza pastorale: Allegro 3:51

The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)

4 I. Allegro non moto 5:20
5 II. Adagio - Presto 2:07
6 III. Presto 2:36

The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F major, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293, "L'autunno" (Autumn)

7 I. Allegro 5:13
8 II. Adagio molto 2:48
9 III. Allegro 3:04

The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter)

10 I. Allegro non molto 3:06
11 II. Largo 2:00
12 III. Allegro 3:01



Simple Symphony, Op. 4 (version for string quartet)

13 I. Boisterous Bouree 2:33
14 II. Playful Pizzicato 3:17
15 III. Sentimental Sarabande 7:26
16 IV. Frolicsome Finale 2:53
 Antonio Anselmi Conductor
 Antonio Anselmi Conductor

 In the year 1951 when the Second World War had recently ended, excitement pervaded the whole of Europe. The emphasis was on rebuilding. This wasn’t limited to physical walls as even men’s spirits needed to be strengthened. Culture was the propeller of this rebirth. Rome, the cradle of art, was the place where twelve young recently qualified musicians, almost exclusively from the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia and the Remy Principe school, converged. Making music was their passion. They chose a simple name, typically Italian sounding, ”I Musici”, an ancient and noble way of calling themselves musicians. They made their debut at Santa Cecilia in Rome on March 30th, 1952. By some happy chance, Arturo Toscanini heard them and, extremely moved said: ”I heard twelve young people, they were good, very good. No, music won’t die.” Our story started at this point, and although seeming in the distant past, is still so alive in the memory of the founding musicians and is still so present in the minds of those who joined afterwards, that we lived through it without realising that sixty years have passed. The event of ”I Musici” is something extraordinary and difficult to repeat. It’s the oldest (or if you prefer most long-lived) chamber group still active. They opened the way of Italian 18th century music to the whole world. They made Vivaldi’s Four Seasons become one of the most famous compositions of the entire musical repertoire, being the first to record this masterpiece of Vivaldi and selling over 25 million copies in various editions. They carried Rome’s name, of course Italy’s and Italian music to five continents, roving with their repertoire from the 18th to the 21st century.

"...They [I Musici] give you crisp articulation and lightness of a period-instrument performance without the whiny, sour sound. Even better, they convey a real sense of joy at the sentiments of this very pictorial music and at the chance to indulge their own virtuosity... Dynamic gives us digital clarity and brings back some of the analogue warmth.... I could happily live with this as my only Four Seasons..."

Lawrence Hanson - American Record Guide - September/October 2013

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