VI­VALDI: FOUR SEA­SONS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Orches­tra of the Age of En­light­en­ment/Kati De­bret­zeni (vi­o­lin) Signum Clas­sics

SIGCD 377 ★★★★

I once came across a self-help mu­sic book sup­plied with a free card­board ruler. It was from the era of 78s, and the ruler was an aid to find­ing the place to put down the gramo­phone nee­dle on spe­cific records to hear the mu­sic ex­am­ples. This new Four Sea­sons is sim­pler, of­fer­ing a list of tim­ings to iden­tify the mu­si­cal mo­ments Vi­valdi con­nected to spe­cific lines in the son­nets with which he pref­aced his mu­sic. It adds some non-in­stru­men­tal bird­song ef­fects to make sure you don’t miss the point. This is a demon­stra­tive Four Sea­sons, alert and ea­ger in mu­si­cal de­liv­ery, and yet in spite of what some people will re­gard as lib­er­ties –the “chat­ter­ing teeth” of Win­ter, for ex­am­ple – it mostly doesn’t cre­ate the ef­fect of tweak­ing your ear for at­ten­tion. url.ie/gb48

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