1995年发行首张舞曲融合专辑「小提琴超级玩家」，并且以首支单曲 "触技曲与赋格"盘据英国排行榜达两个月之久。接著，「POP」超白金专辑发行后，更是在Billboard排行榜前20名居高不下长达一年半！陈美的现场演奏也曾因为观眾的安可声不断，使得Rod Stewart苦等出场；现场转播延长使得电视新闻为之延后！两年来200多场演奏会，获奖无数的陈美，儼然已经成为新一代横跨古典/流行的超级巨星。
继以另类特别的小提琴风格跨越古典、摇滚及流行音乐掀起乐坛每炫风暴的创作大碟「无限风暴STORM」后，陈美终於带来她的新专辑「四季迷情+花木兰The Original Four Seasons And The Devil’s Trill’s Sonata」，
其中 "Reflection"这首电影「花木兰」欧洲主题曲，乃是因为她精湛的琴艺及其华裔的身份，而被迪士尼选为「花木兰」欧洲地区代言人并为其演奏主题曲；这张专辑中陈美并重新詮释了韦瓦第 "四季"小提琴协奏曲及义大利小提琴家塔替尼的 "魔鬼的颤音奏鸣曲The Devil’s Trill Sonata"。
此外请来舞曲界重量级名人Youth（The Verve、Orb、Crowde House、James），改编自 "魔鬼的颤音奏鸣曲"的Techno舞曲 "Devil’s Trill"，就像是Storm的姊妹作。
Label:EMI – 7243 4 98082 2 5
The Four Seasons must rank as one of classical music's most popular suites and Vanessa-Mae's rendition bursts into life with the immediately familiar "Spring: Allegro I", the playful opening riff complimenting the fluttering strings nicely, indicating a new, joyful beginning. After a slowing of tempo in "Spring: Largo e Piannissimo Sempra", perhaps signifying the onset of February and the mid-season frigidity, the second (albeit less) recognizable piece begins, "Spring: Allegro II". It's not as exciting as the first half, but it's still welcome after the frosty midsection.
Things begin to heat up (ahem) in the transition to summer, which begins with "Summer: Allegro Non Molto", where you can hear the layers of strings begin to thicken as the creatures come out to frolic after their hibernation slumber. "Summer: Adagio" follows, familiar by its sudden flurry of deep notes. All of this, however, is still just a warm up (ditto) for "Summer: Allegro", which is the most vibrant piece of the entire set. Fans of Vanessa-Mae will also recognise this track as the basis for the title track of Storm, a cover which updates the original considerably.
Autumn begins with a stately melody (which for some reason always brings to mind images from the video of Girls Aloud's "Can't Speak French") which remains thankfully perky, probably still warm from the summer months. The same cannot be said for "Autumn Adagio", which takes on a more sombre tone with the realisation that winter is coming and harsh times are ahead. Luckily, it's a short track that glides past without ever really registering. "Autumn: La Caccia" boasts another familiar motif, with the strings circulating around quite happily, the previous solemnity now but a mere memory.
The onset of winter is a subtle one, as the opening of "Winter: Allegro Non Molto" is comparatively quiet, but do not be deceived, as the endsection delivers a frigid jolt that Bond fans will recognise as the setting for "Viva!" (short for composer Vivaldi, very clever!). "Winter: Largo" is the animals' tentative first steps after the icy blast whereas "Winter: Allegro" is the reprise of the previous snowstorm, effectively ending the set. Particularly effective throughout the Winter pieces is Vanessa's skilful manipulation of the violin's strings, giving the impression that the animals are shivering along with them.
However, this is not just a rendition of The Four Seasons; The Devil's Trill suppends the collection. For all its supposed technical demands, it starts off fairly nondescriptly with "Devil's Trill: Larghetto, Ma Non Troppo", but grows in vituosity in "Devil's Trill: Allegro Moderato", reaching a quite wonderful display by the end. "Devil's Trill: Allegro Assai" begins more slowly with a backing organ, but then quickens the pace to a midtempo jaunt. From here, it oscillates back and forth between slow and medium, but never reaching the highs of its predecessor.
Fans of Vanessa-Mae's more modern work will be pleased to hear that her edit of "Devil's Trill" has been included at the end, blending elements of "Allegro Assai" with slick beats and then finishing with the concluding flourish from "Allegro Moderato" and a computer-generated laugh. As a bonus, we also get "Reflection", a contemporary oriental offering that appeared on the soundtrack of Disney's Mulan film. It's a tad schizophrenic, changing speed rapidly halfway through, and would have sat more neatly on the end of The Classical Album, Volume 2: China Girl (and, to be fair, Mulan was released a year later than China Girl, meaning the presence of "Reflections" on China Girl would be a retroactive miracle), but when the quality's this good, I'm not complaining.
Now, as you will no doubt have gathered through the reading of this review, I'm no classical music buff (contrary to my stage name) and haven't the faintest idea about the technical ins-and-outs of its production. I consequently have no idea how Vanessa's rendition stacks up in comparison with all of the other ones out there (and there are many). In a way, I don't really care, for such concerns are immaterial for me. I have no need to listen to 10 different versions of The Four Seasons or The Devil's Trill to say that this one is solidly performed and that, as a casual Classical connoisseur, this one is enough for me.
7243 4 98082 2 5 CD (1998)
ShueLee Aug 09 2005 3.00 stars
Do not be fooled by the title The Original Four Seasons - especially if you have no idea what the album is about. By 'original', what Vanessa-Mae really means is that she has arranged and played Vivaldi's Four Seasons according to the way she thinks they should be played. Hence, this is not your grandmother's Four Seasons - although this could be a good thing.
Engaging Laureate, the world's only chamber ensemble to consist of only award-winning players, Vanessa-Mae has a reason to experiment with the arrangements of the Four Seasons to suit her own taste. All in all, these arrangements can be fun if you listen to them with an open mind. Violin harmonics echoing bird whistles, additions in ornamentations here and there... The idea is basically to enhance the whole concept of programme music as Vivaldi intended them to be.
Does it work? Yes, maybe, sometimes. There are places where Vanessa's versions don't work, simply because they are completely missing the point. For a good comparison, I advise you to listen to Anne-Sophie Mutter's recording of the Four Seasons (1999). The main problem I have with Vanessa-Mae's playing is that it lacks depth and sometimes what comes out turns out to be tasteless. Mutter's version, however, is warm and rich, encompassing the elegant qualities of Baroque music.
In fact, the true gem of the album should be Vanessa's "The Devil's Trill Sonata". Unlike the Four Seasons, "The Devil's Trill" is less well-known (ironically enough, it was popularised by Vanessa herself) mainly because it is much more technically demanding. Now, I'm not going to comment on her technique because as we all know, it's there. Vanessa's playing is very straightforward, something that makes the recording less taxing and frustrating to listen to. Now, back to Mutter's recording of the Four Seasons, which also includes the Devil's Trill in it. Unlike Mutter, Vanessa-Mae chooses not to overindulge in her vibrato and her emotions, which tends to make the piece lose its vibrancy and colour.
I thoroughly enjoyed Vanessa-Mae's reworking of the third movement of the Devil's Trill (titled "The Devil's Trill") for a Siemens ad, as well as the instrumental version of "Reflection", which was used in the end credits of the Disney picture Mulan when it was shown in Europe.
The main question here is what they mean by "original," since this performance is based on the usual version of Vivaldi's famous set of concertos. What is different is that this is not Vivaldi's original, but an arrangement, though not one that departs much from what one would normally hear. Toying with these pieces is commonplace in modern baroque practice, since it is believed Vivaldi expected his soloists to embellish their lines. Nigel Kennedy's popular recording took quite a few liberties; Vanessa-Mae is perhaps a little more ostentatious than most when it comes to ornamentation, and the improvising extends to the ensemble at large, but it's still pretty much Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' played by a talented extrovert with a somewhat romantic attitude. Much the same could be said of the ensemble arrangement of Tartini's 'Devil's Trill' Sonata, but the dance-beat arrangement of material from that work is not to be missed, perhaps the highlight of the disc.
Performer: Laureate Wind Quintet, Frédéric Blanc, Pamela Nicholson
Composer: Giuseppe Tartini, Antonio Vivaldi, Matthew Wilder
Audio CD (March 9, 1999)
1 Audio CD/1 Video CD edition
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Angel Records
I love Vanessa Mae's music. Ever since her debut album of Violin Player, I have been a fan. She goes against the flow, is innovative and obviously puts her heart and soul into her music. At first, I thought another Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" would have been redundant and repetitve. Against my will, I bought this CD because of my loyalty to this violin player. I expected to hear another rendition of the DeBeers diamond commercials and even more airline commercial music. But Vanessa Mae's interpretation of "Four Seasons" has been refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable. Her talent as a musician shines in this CD! The Summer I, Allegro Non Molto is just amazing! I cannot even describe to you the energy and the feeling that comes across! And my absolute favorite is Winter III, Allegro. I heard it late one night in my car and I was just floored at the intensity of this piece. Her playing is so... dynamic, rapturous and dramatic, this piece took me to another place. I almost wanted to pull over to the side to enjoy the rest of the music.
Her very last song on the CD, Reflection... is just so. True to to her Asian roots, she has added a touch of Asia to this piece. Perhaps it's a mini follow up to ther "China Girl" album. This piece is also remiscently cinematic, I felt that it sounded like something at the end of a movie where the heroine triumphantly overcomes all her obstacles to find (at last) happiness. Perhaps Vanessa Mae felt the same way, maybe even of her own life. This piece is truly beautiful and convicts the heart. I felt that maybe I was getting a glimpse of this artist's soul. And if so, I'm thankful that she has shared it with the rest of the world. It's just beyond words.
The rest of the CD is just as enjoyable. The Devil's Trill Sonata is fun and exciting, as well as enlightening. I never thought such sounds could come out of a mere violin. Vanessa Mae is truly amazing.
TVBS作者： 张雅惠 | TVBS – 2014年2月17日 下午1:04
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Cello – Andrew Shulman, Jean-Luc Bourre*
Double Bass – Bernard Cazauran
Edited By – Alex Marcou (tracks: 1 to 15), Giles Holland (tracks: 1 to 15)
Engineer – Gareth Cousins (tracks: 1 to 15), Mike Ross-Trevor (tracks: 1 to 15)
Engineer [Assistant] – Alex Scannell (tracks: 1 to 15), Jason Timmins (tracks: 1 to 15)
Executive Producer – Pamela Nicholson (tracks: 1 to 15), Vanessa-Mae (tracks: 1 to 15), Vasko Vassilev (tracks: 1 to 15)
Harpsichord [Additional] – Pamela Nicholson (tracks: 1 to 15)
Leader, Other [Artistic Director] – Vasko Vassilev (tracks: 1 to 15)
Management [Artiste Management] – Mel Bush
Organ, Harpsichord – Frederic Blanc* (tracks: 1 to 15)
Photography – Ellen Von Unwerth, Harry Borden
Producer – Pamela Nicholson (tracks: 1 to 15)
Producer [Assistant] – Vivien Barbier (tracks: 1 to 15)
Producer [Assistant], Mixed By – Giles Holland (tracks: 1 to 15)
Viola – Ana Bela Chaves, Andrei Gridtchouk, Anton Kholodenko
Violin – Blagoja Dimcevski, Etienne Pfender, Joaquin Torre, Serguei Teslia, Tamiko Kobayashi, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Vasko Vassilev, Vesko Eschkenazy, Yuri Zhislin
The Classical Album 3 - The Italian Album
Includes music from the silent movie 'The Violin Fantasy' and from Walt Disney Pictures animated feature 'Disney's Mulan'.
℗ 1998 EMI Records Ltd. © 1998 EMI Records Ltd.
Except track 17 © 1998 Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP). ℗ 1998 Disney Enterprises Inc.
Printed in the EU. - on back cover.
Made in EU - on disc.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 7 24349 80822 5
Rights Society: bel BIEM
Other: UK: 498 0822
Other: F: PM 520
01. Spring — I Allegro
02. Spring — II Largo e pianissimo sempre
03. Spring — III Allegro
04. Summer — I Allegro non molto
05. Summer — II Adagio
06. Summer — III Tempo impetuoso d'Estate
07. Autumn — I Allegro
08. Autumn — II Adagio
09. Autumn — III La caccia
10. Winter — I Allegro non molto
11. Winter — II Largo
12. Winter — III Allegro
13. The Devil's Trill Sonata — I Larghetto, ma non troppo
14. The Devil's Trill Sonata — II Allegro Moderato
15. The Devil's Trill Sonata — III Grave, Allegro assai, Grave, Allegro assai, Gr...
16. Devil's Trill
17. Reflection (from 'Walt Disney's Mulan')