Malgoire’s Le Quattro Stagioni by Vivaldi

I recently made it up with Vivaldi!
His ubiquitous Le Quattro Stagioni was a true love&hate affaire for most of my life… ’til yesterday, as I got a pre-owned, pristine conditions CBS Masterworks’ disc played by Jean-Claude Malgoire and his La Grande Ecurie & la Chambre du Roy, engineered by Georges Kisselhof and recorded as usual in his trusty recording studio – i.e. Notre Dame de Liban in Paris.

The recording is – as always when GK’s concerned –  is a masterpiece, period!

This sure supports my positive feeling and falling in love for this recording, but the playing is so liquid and harmonically rich, the melodies are well here, never mechanic and cold as in virtually all the bunch of Vivaldi’s work renditions I previously “enjoyed” with an annoying mixed-feeling.
Jean-Claude Malgoire, John Halloway’s violin and his ensemble playing original instruments did the miracle.
A lovely, LOVELY disc and a must-have.
Recording is 2die4, as – I can now affirm – the music;-)
Stefano Bertoncello