There is little to link Les Eléments and Le Quattro Stagioni beyond their pictorial daring and the number four.
Jean-Féry Rebel's depiction of Chaos – a violent smudge in which each note of the D minor scale is sounded simultaneously – predates Haydn's by 60 years, and is the most revolutionary gesture in his "nouvelle symphonie". Berlin's Akademie delivers an elegant performance with piquant avian effects.
Midori Seiler's Vivaldi is a slow burner. Spring is tame and twee, though Summer, Autumn and Winter are more expressive.Reuse content