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Antonio VIVALDI: (1678-1741): Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)
Roxanna PANUFNIK (b. 1968): Four World Seasons: Autumn in Albania, Tibetan Winter, Spring in Japan, Indian Summer. Tasmin Little, (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tasmin Little (conductor)
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“Any new entry has to provide something different, and that’s precisely what Tasmin Little and her forces do here. The selling point is the sheer musicality on offer (no surprise there, with Tasmin Little helming the performance, of course) but it is the filler on the disc, which makes it somewhat different from other recordings: Roxanna Panufnik’s Four World Seasons, the premiere recording of a set of inspirational pieces composed especially for the violinist.” Classical CD Choice
Gramophone Editor’s Choice, December 2016 “‘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.
No Kennedy-like deconstruction here: Little simply responds to the music with an open-eyed freshness and fantasy that’s all the more remarkable when you consider how often she must have played these works. She is lively and conversational, and conveys a vivid sense of character to her colleagues.” Gramophone
“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. Booklet-notes by Jessica Duchen are the icing on the cake.
“With so many recordings of The Four Seasons, around, a new one has either to be very special, or provide unique added value to stand a chance of being noticed. Linking passages are especially imaginative, not least because of the way Little and harpsichordist David Wright respond to each other.
Added value comes in the shape of Roxanna Panufnik’s recent take on the seasons, commissioned by Little as a companion for the Vivaldi, and visiting four countries, with a flavour of their traditional music. … Little and the orchestra clearly enjoy the rich variety she (Panufnik) provides.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016
“In what was a real coup for the Roman River Music Festival, one of our best-loved violinists, Tasmin Little, with eminent pianist Piers Lane, presented the inaugural concert of this year’s festival at the Mercury Theatre.
Here is one of Tasmin’s latest CDs with a fresh, new recording of a popular work, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and Panufnik’s imaginative response to the Vivaldi work in her Four World Seasons, with a rich- variety of string sounds, many dancing rhythms with the occasional playing of a Tibetan singing bowl.” Colchester Gazette, 23 December 2016