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Anne Akiko Meyers - The Four Seasons / Audiophile Audition review

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Fans of Vivaldi, Baroque or virtuosic instrumentals will be pleased with this release showcasing Anne Akiko Meyers accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra on the Four Seasons /The Vivaldi Album, Meyers is regarded by many to be among the greatest contemporary violinists. She leaps into the opening allegro of Concerto No. 1 ("La primavera") with considerable verve. She is playing the 1741 "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu and the tonal quality is outstanding. The English Chamber Orchestra matches the impeccable rhythm of this movement. Meyers is equally adept at establishing a haunting, lyrical ambiance in the second movement. The third movement is spirited, evoking a dance motif. The rendition of Concerto No.2 ("L'estate") is enticing. The varied musical, contextual elements of heat, birds, breezes and winds transition flawlessly. The summer storm features dazzling, rapid violin runs and explosive harmonic progressions.

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