Vivaldi Four Seasons - best edition?
I realized, for all the times I've played this piece in an orchestra, and for all the arrangements that I have tracked down for students -- I don't actually have any edition in my library of the original Le quattro stagioni violin concerti, the solo parts!
What is the edition people most often use? What is the best edition?
I have a Barenreiter of this which I swear by
My favorite publication of Vivaldi's Four Seasons was by CARISCH S.n.A MILANO. It includes the solo violin, orchestra score, orchestra parts and an organ part. I bought this when I was to perform the winter Concerto over 40 years ago. I found it at a music store in Bethesda, MD while on a business trip to D.C.
Another vote for Barenreiter. Beyond the usual Barenreiter quality, one thing I liked about it is how it is divided. Each concerto is a separate folio, so if you are just performing one, you just have one small folio instead of an entire book of all of them. It's a little thing, but it was nice!
I agree with Susan. Barenreiter.
Barenreiter. One thing .. the little bits of text that are sprinkled throughout ("the complaint of the villager" and so on) ... this particular feature I cannot vouch for, as I have seen other translations elsewhere that are quite different. Also the Barenreiter piano reductions are reasonable.
Thank you, this is very helpful!
My guess would have been that Baerenreiter offered a good, albeit conservative, tidying up of whatever is in, or would have been available to, IMSLP. Would that have been the best guess?
Probably yes. But for a piece that I'm going to really study, I don't want to print out from IMSLP. I want to buy a bound edition. I'm just going to enjoy my practicing much more using that.
I agree with Paul
@Paul, I wasn't saying Baerenreiter would merely be a copy of IMSLP.
IMSLP is usually copies of ancient, late 19th or early 20th century editions.
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