Amsterdam Guitar Trio – Four Seasons (Antonio Vivaldi) (1984)

AmsterdamGuitarTrioVivaldiFCThere are people capable of playing this?!”
This is what I think whenever listening to this album. Two years ago, I heard the last allegro of Winter from this album on a classical radio station. I bought it immediately (after I caught my breath). It was and still is one of the most amazing things I have ever heard – The Four Seasons played pizzicato on guitars. The trio’s execution is flawless. The dynamic changes they somehow surprisingly master make this, I think, far more moving than the traditionally instrumented version we’ve all heard ten thousand times.

I have had this disc for two years, and I still catch my breath. I am grateful that such skilled artists had the idea to present this work to us.

John Dorrestein (guitar)
Helenus De Rijke (guitar)
Olga Franssen (guitar)

01. Spring: Concert No. 1 in E-major RV 269 (Vivaldi) 10.43
02. Summer: Concerto No. 2 in G-minor RV 315 (Vivaldi) 11.30
03. Autumn: Concerto No. 3 in F-major RV 293 (Vivaldi) 10.44
04. Winter: Concerto No. 4 in F-minor RV 297 (Vivaldi) 9.00