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ACD702

Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Performers:


NZSO Chamber Orchestra, Donald Armstrong






Legend has it that Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born in Venice during an earthquake and in all the excitement he was baptised immediately. Little is known of his music education other than that his father, Giovanni Battista, a violinist at St Mark’s, was capable of teaching him to a high standard. It took him ten years to become a priest, during which time he continued his violin studies. His father had been engaged under the surname ‘Rossi’ which suggests that the same red hair that earned Antonio the sobriquet ‘il prete rosso’ (‘the red priest’) ran in the family.

1.

Concerto in E Major: Spring: Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi

3:15

2.

Concerto in E Major: Spring: Largo e pianissimo sempre

Antonio Vivaldi

2:32

3.

Concerto in E Major: Spring: Allegro pastorale

Antonio Vivaldi

4:13

4.

Concerto in G Minor: Summer: Allegro non molto

Antonio Vivaldi

4:45

5.

Concerto in G Minor: Summer: Adagio e piano - Presto e forte

Antonio Vivaldi

2:15

6.

Concerto in G Minor: Summer: Presto

Antonio Vivaldi

2:58

7.

Concerto in F Major: Autumn: Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi

5:18

8.

Concerto in F Major: Autumn: Adagio molto

Antonio Vivaldi

2:35

9.

Concerto in F Major: Autumn: Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi

3:18

10.

Concerto in F Minor: Winter: Allegro non molto

Antonio Vivaldi

3:21

11.

Concerto in F Minor: Winter: Largo

Antonio Vivaldi

1:58

12.

Concerto in F Minor: Winter: Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi

3:30