A Violin for all Seasons: Music by Antonio Vivaldi & Roxanna Panufnik | Chandos CHSA5175

A Violin for all Seasons: Music by Antonio Vivaldi & Roxanna Panufnik

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5175

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 30th September 2016



Encapsulating the voluptuous sound of the BBCSO’s strings, Tasmin Little is both the soloist and conductor in this unique coupling: Vivaldi’s ever-popular ‘Four Seasons’ meets Roxanna Panufnik’s Four World Seasons, the premiere recording of a set of highly inspirational pieces.

As a complete cycle, ‘The Four Seasons’ offers a set of vivid tableaux, imaginative, enticing, and wonderfully contrasted, with ample chance for the violin soloist to display technique, sensitivity, and colour.

These are qualities that the British composer Roxanna Panufnik also sought for her own Seasons tribute, Four World Seasons, written for the violinist. Three of the pieces are dedicated to her, while the fourth, ‘Autumn in Albania’, is dedicated to the memory of Panufnik’s father, the Polish composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik, who, his daughter says, was born, loved, and died in autumn.


‘I am not a Baroque player’, says Tasmin Little, and there’s nothing like laying your cards right out on the table. These are modern-instrument performances of Vivaldi with a big symphonic string section. And if you haven’t already run screaming for your Fabio Biondi or La Serenissima sets, you’re going to enjoy this disc a lot. ... Little’s virtuosity comes spectacularly to the fore in Roxanna Panufnik’s Four World Seasons – whether in the Piazzolla-like rhythms and stratospheric heights of the opening ‘Autumn in Albania’, a Himalayan winter scene complete with chiming, warbling Tibetan singing bowl, or Little’s fabulously free but precise birdsong imitations in the shimmering ‘Spring in Japan’. Panufnik has written a really effective response to Vivaldi, ideally tailored to Little’s artistry.  Richard Bratby
Gramophone December 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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