With its vivid poetry and technical ingenuity, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was ground breaking at the time of its release and to this day remains as influential and transfixing as ever. In this recording, violinist Kati Debretzeni directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in an energetic, historically informed performance. From the commanding heat of the Summer sun, to Winter’s foreboding darkness, the power of Vivaldi’s masterpiece is inescapable. The booklet includes a ‘Guided tour of the Four Seasons’, allowing listeners to follow the poetry that inspired Vivaldi as they hear the performances on the album, including additional composer’s notes from Vivaldi’s own scores.
"... Urgently recommended ..."
Robert Maxham - Fanfare - September/October 2014
"...Kati Debretzeni’s playing is both technically impressive and imaginative. I enjoyed her subtly ornamented lines and the tasteful rubato, which always added a subtle point of repose in the music. This is probably one of the noteworthy period-instrument ’Seasons’ recordings."
Ian Graham-Jones - The Early Music Review (No 160) - June 2014
Performance ***** Recording ****
George Pratt - BBC Music magazine - August 2014
"This is a recording of the evergreen Four Seasons to remember and return to. The playing is sublime. Kati Debretzeni is a breath of fresh air at any time of the year. The chamber ensemble from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, led here by Alison Bury, includes a core of players that has been there from its formation, who continue to play with the same joyful camaraderie and artistic precision... Bravo!"
Julie Anne Sadie - Gramophone magazine - July 2014