Through 4 Seasons
Carlo Aonzo & Ensemble Il Falcone
Carlo Aonzo plays Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi's 4 Seasons for the first time ever played on the Mandolin. With this CD, Carlo Aonzo expresses all the potentialities of the mandolin, playing the virtuosic and impressionistic Vivaldi of the Four Seasons, demonstrating how the four double strings of the mandolin can distinctly express the adagios while giving rhythmic power and virtuosity to the fast tempos.
We took advantage of the freedom given by the baroque praxis and we orchestrated the basso continuo with a different instrument for each season. Specifically we used the guitar for “La Primavera”, the lute for “L’Estate”, the bassoon for “L’Autunno” and the bass flute for “L’Inverno”.
A special mention must be given to the venue where we recorded this album: Santa Chiara Monastery in Genoa, a place of a dazzling beauty. Thanks in part to the sixteenth-century acoustic vases imbedded in the frescoed ceiling, the resulting sound is extraordinary.
The recording was made using a stereo tube microphone and a tube microphone preamplifier, and the sound was not re-elaborated or compressed during mastering process.
Guido De Vecchi Ensemble “Il Falcone” (translated by Giulia Alliri)