CD – THE FOUR SEASONS – Telarc Introduces Violinist Christina Day Martinson

Conductor Martin Pearlman leads Boston Baroque in Vivaldi Masterpiece

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

On January 13th Telarc releases its latest CD by Boston Baroque and Music Director Martin Pearlman. Vivaldi’s popular masterpiece THE FOUR SEASONS has been treated to a rendition that utilizes period instruments and introduces the fabulously talented young soloist, Christina Day Martinson. Also included are Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso Nos. 4 and 12 (the “Variations on La Follia”). A superb recording in every respect, sound engineer Robert Friedrich captures a glowing vibrancy and warmth in the ensemble’s collection of ancient instruments. Given the revival of Baroque performing styles and a renewed interest in 18th Century opera by the world’s leading companies, this issue of THE FOUR SEASONS catapults the listener into the sumptuous salons of 1725 Venice. Violinist Christina Day Martinson is an inspiring performer and will spark a new generation of instrumentalists with her debut recording. Click here to order on-line: THE FOUR SEASONS

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CHRISTINA DAY MARTINSON, Violinist and BOSTON BAROQUE
– Vivaldi’s THE FOUR SEASONS

THE FOUR SEASONS circulated widely in Vivaldi’s time. It fell out of favor for over a century before being revived with its first recording in 1947 by violinist Louis Kaufman. First published in Amsterdam in 1725, The Four Seasons are the first four of a set of twelve concertos with the overall title Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione (“The contest between harmony and invention”), Op. 8.

The original publication that included The Four Seasons provided a sonnet (possibly by Vivaldi himself) giving a detailed program for each of the four concertos, and indicating pictorial effects in greater detail than any other work of Vivaldi. These include bird calls; angry tremolos designated as “thunder;” gentle dotted rhythms marked “the murmuring of the fronds and plants”; the viola as “barking dog;” a pastoral dance with the sound of bagpipes; the voice of the cuckoo and the turtle dove; a furious summer storm; a depiction of “drunks;” an imitation of horn calls in “the hunt;” the shiver of Winter, with its blasts of wind and chattering of teeth, sliding on the ice, falling as it cracks, and the joy of resting peacefully by the fireside. The sonnets and notes accompany the CD.

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BOSTON BAROQUE – Mozart’s Requiem, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610,
Cherubini’s Requiem

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The stunning new young soloist is Christina Day Martinson, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, and twice a National Finalist and prize-winner in the Canadian Music Competition. Ms. Day Martinson received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, holds a diploma from the Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands, and earned a Master of Music degree in historical performance from Boston University. It was at the Boston University School of Music that Ms. Day Martinson – who had been recognized since childhood for her talent on modern violin – made the decision to concentrate on period violin and baroque performance. She studied performance practice with Martin Pearlman, who became her mentor and provided her first professional opportunities on period violin, and trained with Marilyn McDonald, a leading American teacher of baroque violin (and concertmaster for this recording). Ms. Day Martinson says that when she followed her instinct for baroque violin and baroque music: “I just instantly fell in love with the instrument” and “felt I had finally found my voice…Previous teachers on modern violin had always told me not to do this or to do more of that – for instance to use more vibrato than I wanted to, on every note – and when I found the Baroque violin it just seemed like coming home.”

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BOSTON BAROQUE – Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Complete Orchestral Suites,
Mass In B-Minor

Telarc’s premier ensemble, Boston Baroque, has enjoyed international critical and popular success with releases such as Bach’s BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS and ORCHESTRAL SUITES, Handel’s Concerti Grossi Op. 6, Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music, and choral recordings including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s MASS IN B-MINOR, the MOZART REQUIEM and CHERUBINI REQUIEM, and Monteverdi’s great composition of 1610, VESPRO DELLA BEATA VERGINE.

Martin Pearlman is among this country’s leading interpreters of baroque and classical music on both period and modern instruments. Pearlman has been acclaimed for more than thirty years in the orchestral, choral, and operatic repertoire from Monteverdi to Beethoven. In addition to his work with Boston Baroque, Mr. Pearlman has conducted The Washington Opera in his Kennedy Center debut; the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa; Minnesota Orchestra; New World Symphony; Utah Opera; Opera Columbus; and Boston Lyric Opera. Click here to THE FOUR SEASONS on-line.

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MARTIN PEARLMAN, Conductor – Handel’s CONCERTI GROSSI with BOSTON BAROQUE

Add these recordings by Boston Baroque to your Classical Library. Click on the title to order on-line:

BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS – The complete set of Bach’s magnificent concertos featuring the Boston Baroque led by conductor Martin Pearlman.
ORCHESTRAL SUITES – Bach’s four Orchestral Suites. Martin Pearlman leads the Boston Baroque; featuring Christopher Krueger, Marc Schachman, Daniel Stepner, and Friedemann Immer.
MONTEVERDI – Vespers of 1610: The Vespro della Beata Vergine. The Boston Baroque led by conductor Martin Pearlman; featuring Janice Chandler (Soprano), Karen Clift (Soprano), Richard Croft (Tenor), Lynton Atkinson (Tenor), Brad Diamond (Tenor), Christopheren Nomura (Baritone), and Jeff Mattsey (Baritone). 1999 Grammy Award Nominee for “Best Engineered Album, Classical” and “Best Choral Performance.”
MOZART – Requiem. The Boston Baroque is led by Martin Pearlman, featuring soloists Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Nancy Maultsby (Mezzo Soprano), David Arnold (Baritone), and Richard Croft (Tenor).

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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