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  Vivaldi: Four Seasons etc. - Fone Ensemble/Fornaciari
  Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Sonatas for Violin

Fone Ensemble
Mark Fornaciari
Track listing:
  Classical - Chamber
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Site review by Polly Nomial January 10, 2007
Performance:   Sonics:  
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Review by brenda October 28, 2004 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Well, I've really enjoyed this disc and don't find either the sound or the performances to be "tiny" (as JW did). This is, after all, a chamber version of the Seasons, with one (original period) instrument to a part and shouldn't sound like a full orchestra. Having said that, the performances aren't "scaled down" but quite full blooded and more detailed and zestful than many others I've heard. The sound is intimate without being small. Indeed, it's warm and accurate and perfect for domestic listening. Overall, I agree with stvnhar's review that this is a very worthwhile disc, - "a nice recording and a nice contrast" to so much standardised Vivaldi.

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Review by stvnharr May 22, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Few pieces are as well known as these four Op.8 concertos. Most every recording of them has a moderate, or larger, sized group with the featured soloist. This recording differs from the norm in that it is a small group recording, one instrument per part plus the soloist. Added to that is that each instrument is a heritage instrument, with pics in the booklet.
The sound of the smallish group may not be for everyone's taste, as it differs a bit from the norm. But the sound and the playing here are quite good. And the more one listens, the more enjoyable it all becomes as the ear and brain get accustomed to the smaller sound.
I once heard one of these concertos at a concert played by a similar sized group. The natural amplification of the stone cathedral made it all sound like a much larger group.
All in all this is a nice recording and a nice contrast to the more usual way these pieces are recorded.

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Works: 7  

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto in E major for Violin, RV 269 (Op. 8 No. 1) "La primavera"
Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto in F major for Violin, RV 293 (Op. 8 No. 3) "L'autunno"
Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto in F minor for Violin, RV 297 (Op. 8 No. 4) "L'inverno"
Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto in G minor for Violin, RV 315 (Op. 8 No. 2) "L'estate"
Antonio Vivaldi - Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Op. 8 No. 1-4
Antonio Vivaldi - Sonata in B minor for Violin, RV 36 (Op. 2 No. 5)
Antonio Vivaldi - Sonata in G minor for Violin, RV 27 (Op. 2 No. 1)