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4 Elements / 4 Seasons

Vivaldi / Rebel / Seiler / Akademie Fur Alte Musik
Release Date: 09/08/2009 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 9909026  
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Midori Seiler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Format: 16:9 DTS PCM Stereo 2.0
Region: All Region
Subtitles: French, English, German

4 Elements / 4 Seasons combines the dance suite Les Elements by Jean-Fery Rebel and Antonio Vivaldi's concerto cycle 'The Four Seasons' - two nearly contemporary works based on themes of nature - to create a fascinating choreographed concert. The result is nothing short of a new mode of performance practice that expands and enhances the audience's connection to the traditional concert setting. Violin soloist Midori Seiler and the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin are joined by Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, a long time member of the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests, who choreographed the orchestra and dances with them these early
Read more examples of program music. Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer adapted the works for two small string orchestras that are placed directly across from each other on a large stage, each with a harpsichord in the continuo group. This DVD vividly captures the raw power and excitement of what is definitely a groundbreaking musical event. Includes bonus interviews with the artists. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Midori Seiler (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 

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