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Classics Explained - Vivaldi: Four Seasons


Release Date: 07/17/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8558028-29   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This selection includes a commentary on and analysis of this work, narrated by Jeremy Siepmann. This selection includes a commentary on and analysis of this work, narrated by Jeremy Siepmann. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
4.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
5.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Introduction: Opening, upward-pointing figure
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Answering, downward figure completes the phrase
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Beginning of dialogue
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The nature of musical conversation; repetition; ' echo ' effect
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Upward pointing to one ' target ' note
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: ' Answer ' points to two, downward notes
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Same idea repeated 3 times
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The first Solo section: birdsong from three soloists, not one
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Repeat of ' two-pronged ' theme in orchestra
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Orchestra depicts murmuring stream, but still there's no real melody
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Further illustrative ' water studies '
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Orchestra erupts into thunderstorm
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Orchestral thunder, virtuosic ' lightning ' from soloist - but still no ' tune '
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Soloistic ' birds ' return to the air
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Variant of opening theme, with ' argument ' between two notes, one high, one low
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Cue to First Movement
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: First Movement (Complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Scene setting and Main Theme of Second Movement
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Analytical comment and Main Theme again
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Main Theme varied
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Further variation, tracing slow, descending scale-steps
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Analytical discussion of ' pace ' and ' tempo ' ; further variant of main theme
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Vivaldi springs a surprise, reversing direction and heightening tension
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Analytical cue to Second Movement
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Second Movement (Complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Undercover ' bagpipes ' initiate the finale
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Second part of Main Theme: new notes, same rhythm
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: An ' echo ' with a difference
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Reminder of ' echoed ' phrase in its original form
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Surprise variant provides springboard into new descending four-note pattern
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Unexpected, ' flowing ' entrance of soloist
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The use of ' sequence ' in first extended solo
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Vivaldi prepares expectation...
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: ... and frustrates it by bringing in a new theme, using his four-note ' motto '
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Violins accompanied by flowing ' commentary ' in lower strings
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Soloist returns with new variant
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Pace slows as violins trace another four-note scalewise descent
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The peasants return with the main theme, which turns unexpectedly downward
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Intensification as harmonies change under broad, descending four-note ' motto '
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Mini-earthquake transformed into harmonic landslide
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Critical mood-change in soloist's lonely soliloquy
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Cue to restoration of main theme in its entirety as the movement ends
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Third Movement (complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Scene setting and opening of First Movement
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Expanded groups of answering phrase
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Upper and lower strings alternately succumb to lethargy
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: As in ' Spring ', soloist enters with birdsong
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Orchestra hijacks soloist's material
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Soloist returns,first as turtle-dove, then as goldfinch
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Gentle breezes give away to North Wing
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The storm subsides; soloist enters as weeping peasant boy
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Movement ends as storm returns
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: First Movement (complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Second movement opens with extremecontrasts
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Second Movement (complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Stormy Weather; thunder
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Lightning from upper strings
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: More lightning: ' heat ' lightning from violins, ' fork ' lightning from violas
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Torrential rain, depicted by entire orchestra
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Deferred entry of solo violin, in virtuoso vein
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Peasant's failing resolve as violin spirals down
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Nature triumphant; soloist draws on orchestra's 'rain' music
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The peasant's capitulation
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Third Movement (complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Repetitiousness and folk music; the movement's opening
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Secondary theme, a closely related development of the first
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Solo entry restates the opening theme, ' double-stopping '
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Unexpectedly, a new theme where a repeat might be expected
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The soloist as ' drunkard '
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Further violinistic slips and slides
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Orchestra re-enters with main theme, but is interrupted by the drunkard
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Other drunks join in ' dialogue ' with the orchestra
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The orchestral peasants continue their dancing, but things have changed
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Enter another drunk, courtesy of the virtuoso soloist
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The dance breaks up
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The drunkard interrupts again, then falls asleep, breathing heavily
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Conversation amongst the sober peasants leads to their final dance
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: First Movement (complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Scene-setting for Second Movement
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Second Movement (complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Similarities between the Third Movement and the First
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Expectation and surprise: Vivaldi tacks on one bar too many
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: A case of predictable unpredictablity: novelty and repetition
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Soloist's double-stopping depicts hunting horns
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Orchestra yields to unexpected display of virtuosity by soloist
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Soloist suddenly takes the part of the fleeing beast
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Symmetrical paralels with First Movement: ' beast ' / ' drunkard ' etc
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Death of the quarry, end of the movement
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Third Movement (complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Orchestral strings enter, part by part; soloist depicts the biting wind
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Wind subsides and returns, tormenting the trudgers through the snow
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Soloist depicts snow flurries
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Soloist's flurries interrupted by six blasts of orchestral wind
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Teeth chattering, and with stamping feet, the travellers finally reach their goal
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Cue to First Movement as a whole
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: First Movement (complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Soloist's ' aria ' accompanied by pizzicato ' raindrops '
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: A sequence of simple scales, accompanied by opening rhythm
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Two scalewise ideas for the price of one: foreground and background
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: New, rising scale-pattern unfurled with ever-greater breadth
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The pace increases eight-fold in concluding downwards scale
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Against an unvarying tempo, the pace is repeatedly varied
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Foreground / Background
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Detailed discussion of foreground / background perceptions; analogies with speech
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Second Movement (complete)
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Scene-setting; soloist begins for the first time
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Soloist rises progressively, in sequence, decoratively outling chord of the home key
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: First orchestral section; ace is halved; the undermining onset of chromaticism
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: The walkers lose their balance and stylishly fall down
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Soloist returns as the original solitary walker and strides away from the others
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: One tempo, two rates of speed: fast for the soloist, slow for the orchestra
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Orchestra evokes the warm winds of the Sirocco
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Answering blast from the Borea, the could wind of the north; struggle for supremacy
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Cue to final movement
An Introduction to ... VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons: Third Movement (complete)

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