Richard Galliano – Vivaldi (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Richard Galliano – Vivaldi (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:32 minutes | 945 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

At first blush, Richard Galliano’s performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons may seem to be a novelty recording, but to describe it that way would be a disservice to his extraordinary virtuosity and impressive comprehension of the music. The accordion may not be to everyone’s liking, as its status in both popular and classical music has always been subject to taste, but no one could seriously question this French accordionist’s prodigious abilities with the instrument, which he treats as nimbly and as expressively as a violin. Of course, choosing Vivaldi’s greatest hit as a vehicle is a pretty safe bet to attract a new audience, and Galliano seems to relish the opportunity to make this perennial favorite a part of the accordion’s repertoire. This is Galliano’s second album of classical music on Deutsche Grammophon, following his 2010 Bach album, and while he is perhaps better known for his recordings of jazz standards and film themes, most notably on his 2011 CD of the music of Nino Rota, his affection for Baroque masterpieces is sincere and it shows in his meticulous playing. For filler Galliano also performs arias from Vivaldi operas Il Giustino and Arsilda, regina di Ponto, backed by continuo. But as attractive as these pieces are, most listeners will return again and again to hear the Four Seasons, which is a tour de force for the instrument.

Tracklist:
01. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / Le Printemps, Op. 8, No.1, RV 269-Allegro
02. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / Le Printemps, Op. 8, No.1, RV 269-Largo e pianissimo
03. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / Le Printemps, Op. 8, No.1, RV 269-Allegro
04. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / L’été, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315-Allegro mà non molto
05. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / L’été, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315-Adagio
06. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / L’été, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315-Presto
07. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / L’Automne, Op. 8, No.3, RV 293-Allegro
08. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / L’Automne, Op. 8, No.3, RV 293-Adagio molto
09. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / L’Automne, Op. 8, No.3, RV 293-Allegro
10. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / L’Hiver, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297-Allegro non molto
11. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / L’Hiver, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297-Largo
12. Vivaldi: Les quatre saisons / L’Hiver, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297-Allegro
13. Vivaldi: Arsilda Regina di Ponto R.700-Io son quel gelsomino-Allegro
14. Vivaldi: Il Giustino-Vedrò con mio diletto-Larghetto
15. Vivaldi: Arsilda Regina di Ponto R.700-Tornar voglio al primo ardore-Andante alla francese
16. Vivaldi: Il Giustino-Vedrò con mio diletto-Larghetto

Personnel:
Richard Galliano, accordion (tracks 1-13 and 15-16) & accordina (track 14)
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, violin I (tracks 1-12 and 14)
Sébastien Surel, violin II (tracks 1-12 and 14)
Jean-Marc Apap, alto/viola (tracks 1-12 and 14)
Eric Levionnois, cello (tracks 1-12 and 14)
Stéphane Logerot, double bass (tracks 1-16)

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