Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, Concerto in G minor, Op. 8 No.2, RV 315 "L'estate", III. Presto (audio excerpt)

The Four Seasons

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“riveting performance …highly imaginative and stylistically faithful to Vivaldi.” 
- The Sunday Times

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Composed in 1723, The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) is not only his best-known composition, but a work that has become one of the most recognized and popular pieces of music ever written. The four concertos which comprise the composition follow the seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter, and by turn offer superbly varied textures that take the listener from the festive, sprightly air of spring, to the heat and thunderstorms of summer, to the icy sleet of winter. There are literally hundreds of recordings of this work, but this particular re-release with the TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA and JEANNE LAMON stands out as one of the best. Although first released in 1992, one need only check some of the current on-line comments ( to find there are still passionate consumers declaring the performance as “enlightened,” “disciplined,” “elegant and dignified without being stuffy and stilted.” Or how about, “This is one of those done-to-death works that serious collectors must own.”

Winner of England’s The Penguin Guide’s highest accolade in 1994 – The Rosette.





Jeanne Lamon, Music Director
Ingrid Matthews, David Greenberg, Cynthia Roberts, Violins
Ivars Taurins, Elly Winer, Violas
Christina Mahler, Violoncello
Alison Mackay, Bass
Konrad Junghänel, Archlute
Charlotte Nediger, Harpsichord


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

The Four Seasons

Concertos for Violin, Strings and Basso continuo, Op. 8, Nos. 1-4

  • Concerto in E major, Op. 8 No. 1, RV 296 “La Primavera”
  • Concerto in G minor, Op. 8 No. 2, RV 315 “L’estate”
  • Concerto in F major, Op. 8 No. 3, RV 293 “L’autunno”
  • Concerto in F minor, Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297 “L’inverno”

Sinfonia in B minor, V 169 “Al Santo Sepolcro”

Concerto for 4 Violins, Violoncello, Strings and Basso continuo in B minor, Op. 3 No. 10, RV 580

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Originally recorded by Sony Classical in 1991


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