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    It was an interesting idea to engage four of the world's top violinists each to play one of these delightful concertos at a public concert. The result is a most successful record. I suppose Isaac Stern is the most generally admired of the four, and I hope I won't be thought too carping if I suggest that in ''Spring'' his tone is sometimes a shade too lush for music of this period. Also the very fast triplet semiquavers in the first movement are not always precisely placed ( at a concert of course nothing can be re-recorded ) and decorations are not always convincing. In ''Summer'' Zukerman is mesmeric in the middle movement, brilliant in the others. With such playing it matters not at all that ensemble slips occasionally. Perlman thins his tone successfully in ''Autumn'', manages his decorations nicely as also the very fast triplet semiquavers and the difficult double-stopping, while in ''Winter'' Mintz finds the baroque style best of all and carries the orchestra with him. The huntsmen's tune at the end of ''Autumn'' always strikes me as totally inane and I wish this had been intended, but, alas, it wasn't! Each concerto is followed by applause, but I would not otherwise have known there was an audience. Excellent quality throughout.'

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