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James Ehnes
Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770) arr. Fritz Kreisler (1875–1962)*
Violin Sonata ‘Il trillo del diavolo’ in G minor B.g5
1. I Larghetto 3.48
2. II Allegro energico 4.22
3. III Grave – Allegro assai 8.26

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697 –1764)*
Violin Sonata ‘Tambourin’ in D op9/3
4. I Un poco andante 4.13
5. II Allegro 2.08
6. III Sarabanda: Largo 2.57
7. IV Presto 4.03

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741) **
Violin Concertos ‘Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione’ op8/
1–4 ‘Le Quattro Stagione’
(The Four Seasons/Die vier Jahreseiten/Les Quatre Saisons)

Concerto in E ‘La Primavera’ (Spring/Der Frühling/Le Printemps)
8. I Allegro 4.19
9. II Largo e pianissimo sempre 2.35
10. III Danza pastoral. Allegro 4.19

Concerto in G minor ‘L’Estate’ (Summer/Der Sommer/L’Eté)
11. I Allegro non molto 5.52
12. II Adagio – Presto 2.27
13. III Presto 2.39

Concerto in F ‘L’Autunno’ (Autumn/Der Herbst/L’Automne)
14 I Allegro 5.05
15 II Adagio molto 2.14
16 III Allegro 3.31

Concerto in F minor ‘L’Inverno’ (Winter/Der Winter/L’Hiver)
17. I Allegro con molto 3.13
18. II Largo 2.05
19. III Al legro 3.18

Total timing: 71.13

James Ehnes violin · Andrew Armstrong piano*
Sydney Symphony **

Catalogue No: ONYX4134

James Ehnes takes a break from the 19th and 20th century repertoire and has recorded for the first time in his career four of the most famous baroque violin concertos – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the first four works in his set of 12, op8. James also directs the Sydney Symphony.

Vivaldi provided his own sonnets as prefaces to each of the concertos and these are available from the ONYX website.

The Vivaldi is prefaced by two famous violin sonatas – Tartini’s Devils Trill in the skilful arrangement by Fritz Kreisler which is very faithful to the original text, to which Kreisler adds the famous cadenza in the finale.

Leclair, one the few composers to have been murdered, was known as ‘The French Corelli’. Of his op9 set of 12 sonatas for violin, the third has become the most popular for its ‘Tambourin’ finale, depicting a pipe-and–drum dance with drone effects - all good fun!

 

 

 

 

 


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Track Number
Title
Duration
MP3
1
Tartini, Giuseppe
Violin Sonata in G Minor B.g5 "Il trillo del diavolo" - Larghetto
3:50
2
Tartini, Giuseppe
Violin Sonata in G Minor B.g5 "Il trillo del diavolo" - Allegro energico
4:22
3
Tartini, Giuseppe
Violin Sonata in G Minor B.g5 "Il trillo del diavolo" - Grave - Allegro assai
8:31
4
Leclair, Jean-Marie
Violin Sonata in D Op. 9/3 "Tambourin" - Un poco andante
4:14
5
Leclair, Jean-Marie
Violin Sonata in D Op. 9/3 "Tambourin" - Allegro
2:09
6
Leclair, Jean-Marie
Violin Sonata in D Op. 9/3 "Tambourin" - Sarabanda: Largo
2:58
7
Leclair, Jean-Marie
Violin Sonata in D Op. 9/3 "Tambourin" - Presto
4:09
8
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in E "La Primavera" - Allegro
3:24
9
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in E "La Primavera" - Largo e pianissimo sempre
2:35
10
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in E "La Primavera" - Danza pastoral. Allegro
4:23
11
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in G Minor "L'Estate" - Allegro non molto
5:53
12
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in G Minor "L'Estate" - Adagio - Presto
2:28
13
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in G Minor "L'Estate" - Presto
2:44
14
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in F "L'Autunno" - Allegro
5:05
15
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in F "L'Autunno" - Adagio molto
2:15
16
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in F "L'Autunno" - Allegro
3:36
17
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in F Minor "L'Inverno" - Allegro con molto
3:14
18
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in F Minor "L'Inverno" - Largo
2:05
19
Vivaldi, Antonio
Le Quattro Stagione Concerto in F Minor "L'Inverno" - Allegro
3:19

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Title
Duration
Complete/Excerpt
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1. Violin Sonata in G Minor, B.g5
4:22
Complete
2. Violin Sonata in D, Op. 9/3
4:09
Complete
3. Le Quattro Stagione, Concerto in E
2:35
Complete
4. Le Quattro Stagione, Concerto in G Minor
2:44
Complete
5. Le Quattro Stagione, Concerto in F Minor
3:19
Complete