VIVALDI The Four Seasons


Debuted at #2 on Billboard Classical Chart

Not your mother’s Four Seasons. GRAMMY®-winners Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell team up with Spanish violin virtuoso Francisco Fullana and his 1735 Guarneri violin for this joyous romp through the baroque countryside. Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire are known for bringing Vivaldi’s masterpiece to life as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling the composer intended. From a lonely shepherd-boy on a hillside to a delightfully drunken harvest party and a thrilling fox-hunt… the musician-storytellers revel in the joys and sorrows of a time when people lived very close to nature. The album comes to a red-hot finish with a new recording of Sorrell’s arrangement of Vivaldi’s La Folia (“Madness”).

A beautiful booklet and fascinating, in-depth liner notes by Sorrell make these CDs wonderful gifts.

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“Sorrell and her dazzling period band from Cleveland commit Vivaldi’s concertos to disc… and the musical results are revelatory. Sorrell’s booklet notes… are as fascinating as her soloist Fullana’s virtuosic playing, but it’s her orchestra’s incandescence — graphic in the “barking dog” movement of Spring, exhilarating in Summer’s cascading rainstorm — that makes this essential listening.”
– The Sunday Times, London (November 7, 2021)

“The lightning strike of genius can happen, to those willing to earn it. Sorrell is a masterful musical storyteller.”
– Seen & Heard International

“Fullana gave a continuous display of nuanced genius playing…”
– El Mundo

“Led by exuberant, flame-haired Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo’s Fire were flamboyant and fun. Their party piece – Vivaldi’s trio sonata La Folia arranged as an increasingly frenetic dancing concerto grosso by Sorrell – energetically rounded off a hugely enjoyable concert.”
– The Birmingham Post, UK

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)