Having already delivered winning recordings of Vivaldi, Rachel Podger celebrates her 50th birthday with The Four Seasons plus, generously, a few extras. Typically under her stylish bow, it sounds newly minted. The accompaniments from a buoyant Brecon Baroque have rhythmic life and huge reserves of energy. The result is that this oh-so-familiar music bursts into fresh life—original, colorful, imaginative, and full of detail—and the deftness of touch merely adds to the pleasure. It’s like hearing The Four Seasons for the first time all over again.
Le quattro stagioni, Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269 "La primavera"
Le quattro stagioni, Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269 "La primavera": I. Allegro