I had never heard Vivaldi’s concerto “Storm at Sea” before. Once I did hear it on the radio, I was hooked. I thought it very intense and full of energy. As I’ve gone through today, it sounds to me like the musical version of a stressful 24 hours–a stormy Monday in particular. And of course […]

via Vivaldi: Storm at Sea — A Great Theme for a Hectic Monday — Blogging to the Classics

Four Seasons ~ Vivaldi

July 25, 2016

Don reggas’s corner

Vivaldi – Winter

November 26, 2014



Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performs Vivaldi Concerto for 2 violins in A Major, op. 3, no. 5. Allegro.

The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres

The Galileo Project:
Violin I: Jeanne Lamon, Patricia Ahern, Geneviève Gilardeau, Aisslinn Nosky
Violin II: Julia Wedman, Thomas Georgi, Christopher Verrette, Cristina Zacharias
Viola: Patrick G. Jordan, Elly Winer
Violoncello: Christina Mahler, Allen Whear
Double Bass: Alison Mackay
Oboe: John Abberger, Marco Cera
Bassoon: Dominic Teresi
Lute / Guitar: Lucas Harris
Harpsichord: Charlotte Nediger (CD tracks 3, 5-8, 10-11, 16-16, 20-22, 24-25), Olivier Fortin (CD tracks 1, 9, 17)

Roberto Mañana




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Wikipedia:  Concerto Grosso    –

The concerto grosso (Italian for big concert(o), plural concerti grossi) is a form of baroque music in which the musical material is passed between a small group of soloists (the concertino) and full orchestra (the ripieno or tutti). This is in contrast to the concerto which features a single solo instrument with the melody line, accompanied by the orchestra.

The form developed in the late seventeenth century, although the name was not used at first. Alessandro Stradella seems to have written the first music in which two groups of different sizes are combined in the characteristic way. The name was first used by Giovanni Lorenzo Gregori in a set of 10 compositions published in Lucca in 1698.[1]

The first major composer to use the term concerto grosso was Arcangelo Corelli. After Corelli’s death, a collection of twelve of his concerti grossi was published; not long after, composers such as Francesco Geminiani, Pietro Locatelli and Giuseppe Torelli wrote concertos in the style of Corelli. He also had a strong influence on Antonio Vivaldi.

Two distinct forms of the concerto grosso exist: the concerto da chiesa (church concert) and the concerto da camera (chamber concert). (See also Sonata for a discussion about sonatas da camera and da chiesa.) The concerto da chiesa alternated slow and fast movements; the concerto da camera had the character of a suite, being introduced by a prelude and incorporating popular dance forms. These distinctions blurred over time.

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Can’t take another moment of Vivaldi’s ubiquitous Four Seasons? Neither could Max Richter, a London-based composer who deftly blurs the lines between the classical and electronic worlds. Long ago he loved it the piece but like some of us, he grew tired of the overplayed warhorse, which can be found in no fewer than 250 recordings on sites like ArchivMusic.

So instead of writing off the piece forever, Richter rewrote it. He discarded about three quarters of Vivaldi’s original, substituted his own music and tucked in some light electronics for a total Four Seasons makeover. It sounds a little hipper — lighter on its feet in places, darker and more cinematic in others. Still, Richter’s remodeled version retains the basic shape, and much of the spirit, of the master’s original four violin concertos — each about ten minutes and in three movements, sequenced fast-slow-fast.

Richter recorded his rejiggered Seasons with violin soloist Daniel Hope and together they brought the project to (Le) Poisson Rouge, the Greenwich Village music space, where we had our cameras set up and ready to roll.

Vivaldi’s Gloria

September 4, 2013

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Antonio Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Italian: Le quattro stagioni)
English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin

Savour the seasons…Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Revel in the changes they bring to the spectacular natural world of national parks. Enjoy it all through magical film footage set to the zesty musical spice of Venetian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s masterpiece The Four Seasons.

“Spring” brings a rebirth of nature, lush wildflowers festoon mountains and woodland fields, waterfalls leap and birds soar high on the wings of Vivaldi’s mauci. “Summer’s” heat shimmers over the arches and bridges, mesas and butters of Arches National Park and the desert animals that frolic in Death Valley. “Autumn” with its red and gold palette, colours the glowing, changing foliage of Vermont and New Hampshire. Finally the snowstorms of “Winter” blanket the far reaches of the Grand Tetons, icing the rivers where otters play.

Relish these scenes and many more in this exhilarating serenade to the glories of nature.

The Four Seasons is performed by the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.