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The Four Seasons

Jaap van Zweden

The Four Seasons

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917274622
Catnr: CC 72746
Release date: 09 September 2016
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Challenge Classics
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0608917274622
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CC 72746
Release date
09 September 2016

"It remains one of the best performances, even though it's from a few seasons ago."

Kerk en Leven, 25-1-2017
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About the album

It is remarkable that listeners in later ages hardly ever share the preferences of a composer’s contemporaries. This is also true to a certain extent in the case of Antonio Vivaldi. The twelve concertos op. 8, Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione of which The Four Seasons are the first four, were only printed four times. The first edition, published in Amsterdam by Michel Charles le Cene, appeared in 1725, and it was reprinted three times by the Paris publisher Le Clerc.
Vivaldi's Vier jaargetijden met Jaap van Zweden op viool.
Dit album is een heruitgave van de veelgeprezen uitvoering - in 1990 - van de Vier jaargetijden door, toen nog de violist, Jaap van Zweden en dirigent Jan Willem de Vriend, samen met het Combattimento Consort Amsterdam.
Van Zweden was de jongste concertmeester ooit van het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. In 1995 begon hij zijn carrière als dirigent. Inmiddels heeft Jaap van Zweden naam gemaakt als dirigent. Hij leidt gerenommeerde orkesten en treedt op als gastdirigent bij toonaangevende muziekgezelschappen over de hele wereld.
Wiederauflage der hoch gepriesenen Einspielung der 'Vier Jahreszeiten' mit Jaap van Zweden

1990 spielte Jaap van Zweden gemeinsam mit Jan Willem de Vriend und dem Combattimento Consort Amsterdam das wohl berühmteste Stück der Musikgeschichte ein: Die Vier Jahreszeiten. Lange bevor sich Jaap van Zweden einen Namen als Dirigent des klassischen und romantischen Repertoire gemacht hat, ging der 2016 als nächster Musical Director der New York Philharmonics ernannte van Zweden seiner Karriere als Violinist nach. Ein Zeugnis der Zeit ist die vorliegende Aufnahme.

Jaap van Zweden gründete gemeinsam mit seiner Frau Aaltje die Papageno Foundation, die mit Hilfe der Musiktherapie autistische Kinder und deren Familien unterstützt und die Forschung weiter vorantreibt. Jede verkaufte CD der Wiederauflage der Vier Jahreszeiten unterstützt die Organisation mit einem Euro.

Artist(s)

Jaap van Zweden (violin)

Born in Amsterdam in 1960, Jaap Van Zweden began his musical career as a violinist, becoming at nineteen the youngest ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  In 1997, van Zweden made his decision to conduct full time, played his last concert as a violinist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and was named the chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra where he remained until 2003. In 2000, he added the music directorship of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague to his credits, a post he held until 2005. Jaap van Zweden began his third season as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2010. His commitment to the orchestra was recently extended through the 2015-2016 season. Under his...
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Born in Amsterdam in 1960, Jaap Van Zweden began his musical career as a violinist, becoming at nineteen the youngest ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1997, van Zweden made his decision to conduct full time, played his last concert as a violinist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and was named the chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra where he remained until 2003. In 2000, he added the music directorship of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague to his credits, a post he held until 2005.
Jaap van Zweden began his third season as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2010. His commitment to the orchestra was recently extended through the 2015-2016 season. Under his direction, the orchestra is enhancing its programming and community outreach, continuing to champion new composers, and raising its national profile with an annual residency in Vail, CO and a 2011 appearance at Carnegie Hall in the inaugural Spring for Music Festival. Concurrently with his post in Dallas, van Zweden’s other titled positions include chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (2005-2012), and chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgium (2008-2012).
Under van Zweden’s leadership, the DSO has established an ongoing residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival through the summer of 2012, and debuted five world premiere works over two seasons as part of the DSO’s Texas Instruments Classical Series. Throughout the past seasons, the orchestra, under van Zweden's leadership, has received lavish praise from notable media including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Musical America, The Financial Times, BBC Music Magazine, The Dallas Morning News and many others. In a December 2009 article in The LA Times, Mark Swed named van Zweden one of the”Faces to Watch“ in 2010, noting van Zweden “knows how to generate tense, tactile excitement in all kinds of music.” Van Zweden has also become a highly sought-after guest artist since the DSO introduced him to US audiences in 2007. During the 2010-2011 season, van Zweden debuts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, San Paulo Symphony, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic. He makes his much-anticipated fourth guest appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and returns to guest conduct with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
He also has guested with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National du Capital de Toulouse, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic, among others.

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Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Over the past 30 years, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has established a strong national and international reputation. The ensemble is famous for the high quality and energy of its performances. That, together with its varied and often surprising and unfamiliar repertoire, for formations ranging from chamber ensemble to chamber orchestra, and from oratorios to operas, has made it one of the most successful Baroque ensembles in the world. The Combattimento Consort’s roughly 60 performances a year are distinguished by the originality of the ensemble’s presentation, led by one of the trend-setting conductors in Dutch musical life, Jan Willem de Vriend, who in November 2012 received the Radio 4 Prize.   The Combattimento Consort has gone on a number of tours in recent years...
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Over the past 30 years, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has established a strong national and international reputation. The ensemble is famous for the high quality and energy of its performances. That, together with its varied and often surprising and unfamiliar repertoire, for formations ranging from chamber ensemble to chamber orchestra, and from oratorios to operas, has made it one of the most successful Baroque ensembles in the world. The Combattimento Consort’s roughly 60 performances a year are distinguished by the originality of the ensemble’s presentation, led by one of the trend-setting conductors in Dutch musical life, Jan Willem de Vriend, who in November 2012 received the Radio 4 Prize.
The Combattimento Consort has gone on a number of tours in recent years to Germany, Spain, Central Europe, South America, Japan, Russia and the United States. It has recorded more than 35 CDs and DVDs – this year, its CD of Handel’s Concerto Grossi op. 6 will be released. The ensemble has worked with prominent soloists such as Barbara Bonney, Andreas Scholl and Sol Gabeta, Thomas Zehetmair and Sabine Meyer, as well as with the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Nationale Reisopera and Cappella Amsterdam. The spearhead of its artistic direction is the performance of unfamiliar and as yet unpublished repertoire. Innumerable searches through libraries, churches and cloisters over the past 30 years have resulted in a notable collection of remarkable performances. In 2007, for example, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam presented Arminio, the only surviving opera of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. Over the years, it has developed a distinctive style of playing, which has even come to be known as the “Combattimento School” of performance. Recognizable and energetic, inventive, style-conscious and inspiring. The ensemble presents itself as a “consort”, but with the visibility of the “individual”. Jan Willem de Vriend leads the Combattimento Consort from the “first chair”, appearing as a conductor only in the larger productions (operas and oratorios). The instrumental soloists are in most cases members of the ensemble.

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Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)

Jan Willem de Vriend, designated “a godsend from the Netherlands” by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, is driven by the pioneering spirit of historically informed perfomance practice. As music director of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, which he founded in 1982, he specialised in repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, reviving a wealth of rarely heard works through historically informed performances on modern instruments, praised by Gramophone magazine for their “technical finesse and a lively feeling for characterization”. An award-winner for his creative contribution to classical music, Jan Willem de Vriend has more than 50,000 followers on Spotify and is in demand as a conductor around the world, appearing regularly with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest...
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Jan Willem de Vriend, designated “a godsend from the Netherlands” by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, is driven by the pioneering spirit of historically informed perfomance practice. As music director of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, which he founded in 1982, he specialised in repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, reviving a wealth of rarely heard works through historically informed performances on modern instruments, praised by Gramophone magazine for their “technical finesse and a lively feeling for characterization”.
An award-winner for his creative contribution to classical music, Jan Willem de Vriend has more than 50,000 followers on Spotify and is in demand as a conductor around the world, appearing regularly with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Belgian National Orchestra, Tonhalle Zurich, Orchestre National de Lyon, Bergen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Netherlands Radio and Hessischer Rundfunk (Frankfurt Radio Symphony), Melbourne Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He is Principal Conductor Designate of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Stuttgart Philharmonic and Orchestre National de Lille, and former Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and the Brabant Orchestra.
For the Challenge Classics label, de Vriend and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra have recorded the complete Mendelssohn symphonies and all Beethoven’s symphonies and concertos with, among others, pianist Hannes Minnaar and violinist Liza Ferschtman. De Vriend’s interpretation of the Symphony No 7 prompted Classic FM to admire “a bounding flair that does real justice to the composer’s capacity for joy”. A further landmark of his recorded catalogue is his complete recording of the Schubert symphonies with the Residentie Orkest Den Haag.
De Vriend’s collaborative spirit is equally evident in his work for the stage, notably with opera director Eva Buchmann and Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. In addition to works by Monteverdi, Haydn, Handel and Telemann, their productions in Europe and the USA have included staged versions of Bach’s ‘Hunting’ and ‘Coffee’ Cantatas at the Bachfest Leipzig, and operas by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Cherubini, among them Mozart’s Don Giovanni und Rossini’s La gazzetta, both toured in Switzerland. De Vriend has also conducted operatic productions in Amsterdam (with the Nederlandse Reisopera), Barcelona, Strasbourg, Lucerne, Schwetzingen and Bergen.

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Composer(s)

Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some...
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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.
Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for preferment. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's arrival, and Vivaldi himself died less than a year later in poverty.

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Press

It remains one of the best performances, even though it's from a few seasons ago.
Kerk en Leven, 25-1-2017

"From the begin until the end you will enjoy a fine translation, fresh played from the liver and with a youth bravura,but always to the point. "
Kerk en Leven, 01-11-2016

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Violin Concerto no.1 in E major RV 269 La Primavera (Spring): Allegro
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.1 in E major RV 269 La Primavera (Spring): Largo
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.1 in E major RV 269 La Primavera (Spring): Allegro, Danza Pastorale
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor RV 315 L’Estate (Summer): Allegro non molto
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor RV 315 L’Estate (Summer): Adagio
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor RV 315 L’Estate (Summer): Presto, tempo impetuoso d’estate
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.3 in F major RV 293 L’Autunno (Autumn): Allegro
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.3 in F major RV 293 L’Autunno (Autumn): Adagio molto
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.3 in F major RV 293 L’Autunno (Autumn): Allegro, ‘Caccia’
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.4 in F minor RV 297 L’Inverno (Winter): Allegro non molto
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.4 in F minor RV 297 L’Inverno (Winter): Largo
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Violin Concerto no.4 in F minor RV 297 L’Inverno (Winter): Allegro
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Sonata in E-flat major “Al Santo Sepolcro” RV 130: Largo molto
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Sonata in E-flat major “Al Santo Sepolcro” RV 130: Allegro
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Concerto in G minor RV 157: Allegro
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Concerto in G minor RV 157: Largo
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Concerto in G minor RV 157: Allegro
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Concerto in B-flat major RV 163: Allegro non molto
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Concerto in B-flat major RV 163: Largo
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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Concerto in B-flat major RV 163: Allegro, Danza Pastorale
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(Antonio Vivaldi) Jaap van Zweden, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
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