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Derek Lim
The Flying Inkpot, November 2004

"Julia Fischer is a brilliant violinist and the members of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields are accomplished musicians, but it's safe to say that the main drawing factor of this DVD lies not in the "sound-track". ... rather, in the video presentation as well as the direction. There are two picture edits in this DVD - the "director's cut" featuring scenes of uncommon beauty, shot with a sure, keen eye, as well as the "performance edit", focusing on the performers alone. The director's cut features scenes of nature from the National Botanical Gardens of Wales and alternates tastefully with the scenes of the performances, shot in the futuristic glass dome by Norman Foster. The director's cut allows you to better visualize the seasons, and is beautifully shot. Spring is a burst of colour, you can almost feel the heat of summer, autumn is a riot of red and winter quietly picturesque. It is a marvel of camera work and quite honestly comes close to upstaging the music! ... Anyone interested in the cinematography, and the high standard of playing of a promising new artist will find much to enjoy."

William Littler
Toronto Star, August 2004

"Why yet another set of recordings (of these pieces)? The answer proffered by this DVD is the opportunity it provides to listen to them performed (on modern rather than currently fashionable period instruments) by the world's most popular chamber orchestra along with one of the most brilliant of Europe's young solo violinists, in a choice of two visual formats. First there is a so-called director's cut, featuring images of the changing seasons filmed at the National Botanic Gardens in Wales (whose curator contributes to an explanatory note in the accompanying program booklet). Alternately ther is the performance edit, showing Julia Fischer and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, led by Kenneth Stillito, performing the music beneath the gardens' striking Norman Foster-designed galss dome."

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