Somewhere Vivaldi is smiling, every time someone spins this disc. His massively popular masterwork has been adapted for many ensembles—including Japanese koto—but this 1996 arrangement is one of the best, with the virtuosic wind players bringing out the pastoral aspects of the music miraculously well.
"The arrangement is distinguished by its exceptional musicality, and the performance is stunning, with every phrase beautifully articulated. Marion Verbruggen is an unparalleled virtuoso on this instrument.… Who knew that five recorders could provide such a rich palette of colors?"—Stereo Review
"What is lost in power is balanced by a beguiling lightness of touch and clarity of texture. There's a surprising amount of color, too, achieved by the employment of no less than thirteen different instruments, the sound frequently reminding the auditor of an exceptionally silvery-toned chamber organ, albeit one played by at least four hands. The performances are brilliant, Verbruggen finding an amazingly wide range of nuance in her assumption of the violin part, and her colleagues meeting the virtuosic demands made on them with an unerring skill that goes beyond the impeccable ensemble in passagework—the Adagio molto from Autumn, for example, is flawlessly sustained. Above all it's fun (there's a splendid joke in the rustic finale of Spring), the performers giving the impression that they thoroughly enjoyed doing it. The overall result to ears perhaps jaded by a thousand-plus Four Seasons is as refreshing as a mountain stream."—Fanfare