Lively Combination of Baroque and Tango - Exclusively Available in DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128 and DXD at NativeDSD
In December 2019, NativeDSD teamed with Pentatone to bring our listeners a sneak preview of this album with an EP of Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Now we are proud to bring you this long-awaited album in full!
Star violinist Arabella Steinbacher presents Antonio Vivaldi’s world-famous Four Seasons alongside Astor Piazzolla’s Cuatro estaciones porteñas, creating a lively combination of baroque and tango.
The enormous popularity of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons tends to make us forget the original and ground-breaking nature of these violin concertos. Coupling them with Piazzolla’s tango-inspired Four Seasons of Buenos Aires makes both pieces sound fresher than ever before, thanks to Steinbacher’s personal engagement with the repertoire and the inspired accompaniment of the Münchener Kammerorchester. Piazzolla’s music is performed here in a new arrangement for violin and string orchestra by Peter von Wienhardt, whose Strauss song arrangements on Steinbacher’s previous album Aber der Richtige ... (2018) were extensively praised by the press.
“Vivaldi‘s Four Seasons is one of the most famous works in music history; nearly everybody knows at least parts of it. And to be honest, I was a bit hesitant to bring out another recording of it after all those hundreds that already exist. But then I thought: well, still this is my first recording of it!
It was my great wish to combine the Vivaldi with the completely different Four Seasons by Piazzolla as I love the passion, longing and melancholy in his music so much. My dear friend Peter von Wienhardt did a beautiful arrangement of it and I am very happy to share this emotional journey with you.”
- Arabella Steinbacher
Arabella Steinbacher, a multi award-winner with an extensive Pentatone discography, is accompanied by the players of the Münchener Kammerorchester, who make their Pentatone debut.