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Violin concertos
by Vivaldi -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'... reliable and persuasive ...'

Vivaldi: Four Seasons; La Stravaganza. Dal Segno

It seems a 1939 performance of The Four Seasons with Alfredo Campoli has been transferred from French radio broadcast acetates to compact disc.

The first electrical recording, made for Cetra in 1942, featured Bernardino Molinari in an adaptation of Vivaldi's original.

In the 1940s it was issued in Italy, on six double-sided 78rpm shellacs, then it surfaced in the USA. This recording was transferred to LPs in 1950 and subsequently turned up on compact disc.

Next in line (1947) came violinist Louis Kaufman (1905-1994), mistakenly credited as the 'first' recording, and made after dark in New York using 'dead' studio time to sidetrack a forthcoming musicians strike...

Copyright © 22 February 2011 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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CD INFORMATION: VIVALDI: FOUR SEASONS; LA STRAVAGANZA

ANTONIO VIVALDI

FOUR SEASONS

ITALY

UNITED KINGDOM

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