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VIVALDI, A.: 4 Seasons (The) / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Las 4 Estaciones Portenas (Vivaldi and Piazzolla, Seasons) (Rowland, Stellenbosch University Camerata)

VIVALDI, A.: 4 Seasons (The) / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Las 4 Estaciones Portenas (Vivaldi and Piazzolla, Seasons) (Rowland, Stellenbosch University Camerata)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Stellenbosch University Camerata

Orchestra

Daniel Rowland

Conductor

Daniel Rowland

Soloist

Venue:

Las 4 Estaciones Portenas: No. 3. Otono Porteno (after A. Vivaldi's The 4 Seasons)

Venue

Record Label
Two Pianos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 62:54
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VIVALDI, A.: 4 Seasons (The) / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Las 4 Estaciones Portenas (Vivaldi and Piazzolla, Seasons) (Rowland, Stellenbosch University Camerata)

     
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ANTONIO VIVALDI

 

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

 
1 I. Allegro 2:45
2 II. Largo 2:32
3 III. Allegro pastorale 3:23
     
 

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA

4 

Las 4 estaciones portenas

6:07
 Daniel Rowland Conductor
     
 

ANTONIO VIVALDI

 

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

 
5 I. Allegro non moto 4:41
6 II. Adagio e piano - Presto e forte 2:28
7 III. Presto 2:18
 Daniel Rowland Conductor
     
 

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA

8 

Las 4 estaciones portenas

7:17
 Daniel Rowland Conductor
     
 

ANTONIO VIVALDI

 

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

 
9 I. Allegro 4:46
10 II. Adagio molto 2:26
11 III. Allegro 2:50
 Daniel Rowland Conductor
     
 

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA

12 

Las 4 estaciones portenas

7:32
 Daniel Rowland Conductor
     
 

ANTONIO VIVALDI

 

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

 
13 I. Allegro non molto 3:09
14 II. Largo 1:57
15 III. Allegro 2:57
 Daniel Rowland Conductor
     
 

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA

16 

Las 4 estaciones portenas

5:46
     
 Daniel Rowland Soloist


As a soloist Daniel Rowland has performed widely in venues like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, City Halls in Cape Town and the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, with noted conductors such as Andrei Boreiko, Djanzug Khakidze, Viktor Liberman, Lawrence Foster, Heinz Holliger, Francois Xavier Roth, Diego Masson, Lev Markiz, James Laughran and Jaap van Zweden.
 
Elation accompanied the release of the Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla instantly raisied the profile of the new group, Stellenbosch University Camerata, to that of a fun, vibrant and top quality South African chamber orchestra, comparable in many ways to fine internationally acclaimed ensembles of similar proportion. Spectacular violin soloist, Daniel Rowland, has performed this repertoire to standing ovation all over the world and his presence in South Africa has yielded electrifying results. 
 
In 2010, this album was awarded the prestigious MTN South African Music Award for Best Classical Album.
 
"What to make of yet another recording of Vivaldi’s ubiquitous Four Seasons? The challenge to any performer trying to make a meaningful statement with this music is overwhelming. One way is by pairing it with another “Four Seasons”, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, as Gidon Kremer and Lara St John have both done in recent years, in performances with modern-instrument ensembles. Daniel Rowland’s new recording for the New Zealand label, TwoPianists, follows suit. Daniel Rowland, a Dutch-born violinist with impeccable credentials, who has studied with Igor Oistrakh and Ivry Gitlis among others, is currently the leader of the London-based Brodsky String Quartet. Despite the risks involved, Rowland rises to the occasion on this release. His Vivaldi Seasons are highly engaging, giving the score an improvisatory, organic quality, creating the impression of being both polished and delightfully messy at the same time. In the Piazzolla, Rowland takes this approach even further, and you feel transported to the cafés of Latin America, with his spicy, lyrical, and off-the-cuff playing style. In a sea of recordings, this disc succeeds because it goes to great lengths to bring out the many characters of the music, always in interesting and unexpected ways."
 
Pemi Paull - La Scena Musicale - December 2010

"Daniel Rowland and the Stellenbosch University Camerata have been performing this spicy cocktail of eight seasons since the ensemble was formed in 2008. Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, originally written for a small band with the composer himself paying bandoneon and here performed in one of a number of subsequent arrangements for string ensemble, consists of four portraits of Buenos Aires, urban counterparts to Vivaldi’s portraits of rural life. Rowland and his players tackle them in a suitable frenzy of heat and colour, the quotations from Vivaldi peeking cheekily out from the potent mix of vibrant rhythms, complete with percussion, and the welter of glissandos and ponticello effects. The Vivaldi, too, is vividly performed. In the fast movements, and they are fast, tuttis are clipped and dry. The performance conforms to the current approach to historically informed interpretation, with modern players on modern instruments taking what they will from their period colleagues. Rowland, his vibrato rich and unfettered, treats the score very much as a first draft, a basis for improvisation to be executed with a rhythmic freedom that works wonderfully in jazz, but can be unsettling in this context as he parts company from his colleagues, who are left clinging grimly to the beat. It’s all good pictorial stuff, with Rowland to the fore in a resonant acoustic."
 
Tim Homfray - The Strad - February 2011



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