The Four Seasons

May 1, 1969
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner, Soloist: Alan Loveday
The Academy’s 1969 recording of “Four Seasons” with the violinist Alan Loveday remains a reference version.

The Four Seasons has been recorded countless times, but this recording of Vivaldi’s most popular work, performed by the Academy and Alan Loveday on solo violin, remains a benchmark. This was also a ground-breaking recording for the Academy, selling over 500,000 copies, resulting in the award of the Academy’s first ever gold disc. Also featured are Vivaldi piccolo and bassoon concertos, and a concerto for two oboes.

In this video, Sir Neville Marriner recalls the immense talents of the “extraordinary” Alan Loveday, and a small accident that took place with the cherished gold disc…