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Sometimes the chore of reviewing turns to delight. I have heard recordings and performances of Vivaldi's Four Seasons beyond number, but this one, performed by violinist Daniel Hope with members of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and guests as recorded last year by Deutsche Grammophon, is something special. It is rounded out with a selection of shorter compositions, some of them arrangements by Hope himself.

Daniel Hope is a gifted and intelligent musician with a long history of performing Le quattro stagioni. Immediately noticeable is that his rhetoric is distilled, clear and engaging in every bar. Ornamentation is expressive, historically informed and elegant (particularly in the Largo of La primavera, Adagio of L'estate and the sublime Adagio molto of L'autunno), and the pace of each movement and feeling is thoughtful and attractive (an example being the 90-second Largo – La pioggia(Rain) from L'inverno). Hope's sound and aesthetic is refined, reminding me of the great Itzhak Perlman. As leader of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra since last year, Hope is rewarded by a superbly expressive and refined continuo section in Naoki Kitaya, harpsichord, and Emanuele Forni, theorbo and Baroque guitar.   READ THE FULL ArtsHub REVIEW