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Dolby Surround; Dolby Stereo
USA & Canada
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Julia Fischer (Violin);
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields;
Two dazzling picture edits over one sumptuous soundtrack bring new life to Vivaldi's perennial work. Choose between the 'director's cut' with stunning images of the changing seasons, filmed at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, or the 'performance edit' with shots of Julia Fischer and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, in the garden's futuristic glass dome by Norman Foster. The sensational young violinist Julia Fischer brings a fresh and sparkling interpretation of this popular work.
"It seems rather appropriate that, as with LP and CD, one of the first really outstanding DVDs of The Four Seasons should come from the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, this time directed and led vivaciously by Kenneth Sillito, and with a brilliant young soloist in Julia Fischer. She plays with remarkable freshness, obviously inspiring the Academy players also to give of their very best. The result is remarkably spontaneous, and one feels one is hearing this baroque masterpiece anew." (The Penguin Guide)
"Fischers playing is stylish and technically strong...with some gorgeously sonorous passage-work. The Academys accompaniments are mint-condition." (Classic fM)
"Its no surprise that Julia Fischer, with her looks of classic beauty,has been treated to a video debut...This recording...is clear and refreshing in a traditional way, with immaculate intonation from the soloist." (Gramophone)
'When You Reach a Goal...' - Interview with Julia Fischer. 'Favourite Seasons' - Views on the seasons' moods and Vivaldi's music. 'Director's Cut' and 'Performance Edit' options.