Admirers of Kyung-Wha Chung will hardly mind the poor value in time-length (Kennedy, also on EMI, does not have a coupling, either), when it so winningly adds to Chung’s discography. It is the more welcome when, since her switch from Decca to EMI, new recordings from her have been all too few. This is an unashamedly traditional performance, one which has little or no regard for period practice, but gives us a sequence of four concertos in warmly relaxed readings. Unlike those of Kennedy and Mutter they avoid extreme speeds, either fast or slow.
UK artist Flood is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who so far have made one album, "Tales From the Four Seasons", which was issued by Canadian label Unicorn Digital in 2009. This album is dedicated to the cycle of life reflected in the ever changing seasons. An instrumental piece in four parts, one for each season, the music is split into short movements linked together to make a seasonal story. Filling the spaces between the dramas created by the beautiful force of nature the music is reflective and relaxing intended to leave the listener with a warm feeling of well being. Instrumentation is led by aucoustic guitar and augmented by piano, flute and clarinet. a small string section weaves in and out of the melodies created by the lead instruments.
This release is a beautiful recording of both Vivaldi and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, performed by the Orchestra of Saint John’s at SJE Arts in Oxford on November 21st 2015. The album features violinist Jan Schmolck and conductor John Lubbock. Musicians, critics, and concert promoters say that the Orchestra of St. John’s is one of classical music’s best kept secrets.
If you love Vivaldi's FOUR SEASONS, you will eat this up. The new tempos (which may be more like the original) take this piece from its previous iterations as a formal, Baroquesque piece to a wild, rowdy interpretation of nature's four seasons I mean, the actual four seasons. Spring has never sounded more like spring (the speeded up tempo reveals myriad birdsongs), etc.