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Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Music and Sonnets

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Music and Sonnets

Item No. GMCD 7375

Price GBP 8.50 / USD

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Release Date: 15.10.2011

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, (1678-1741) nicknamed il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest), was a Venetian priest and Baroque music composer, as well as a famous violin virtuoso; he was born and raised in the Republic of Venice, where he spent most of his life. In 1711 he composed twelve violin concertos which were published in Amsterdam by the music publisher Estienne Roger under the title "l'Estro armonico" (Harmonic Inspiration). The Four Seasons consisting of four violin concertos and the violin concerto La Tempesta Di Mare (Stormy sea), which are performed on this release are part of this collection. The Four Seasons is undoubtably Vivaldi's best-known work and one of the most popular works from the the Baroque period in the repertoire. The Sonnets depicting the seasons were written by Vivaldi prior to the music and are uniquely presented here in conjunction with the music and as an intrinsic part of the entire performance, bringing even more life to this wonderfully expressive and descriptive music. This CD has the honour to have Sir Michael Gambon, one of the greatest and most distinguished British actors of his generation, to narrate the sonnets, together with a vibrant and bracing musical performance from violinist Robert Atchison and The Altamira Chamber Orchestra.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Concerto No.1 in E major, Op.8, RV 269, 'La primavera' (Spring) - Narration Sir Michael Gambon (narrator) 0:26
02 Concerto No.1 in E major, Op.8, RV 269, 'La primavera' (Spring) - I. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 3:35
03 Concerto No.1 in E major, Op.8, RV 269, 'La primavera' (Spring) - Narration Sir Michael Gambon (narrator) 0:09
04 Concerto No.1 in E major, Op.8, RV 269, 'La primavera' (Spring) - II. Largo e pianissimo Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 3:00
05 Concerto No.1 in E major, Op.8, RV 269, 'La primavera' (Spring) - Narration Sir Michael Gambon (narrator) 0:08
06 Concerto No.1 in E major, Op.8, RV 269, 'La primavera' (Spring) - III. Allegro Pastorale Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 4:25
07 Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.8, RV 315, 'L'estate' (Summer) - Narration Sir Michael Gambon (narrator) 0:30
08 Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.8, RV 315, 'L'estate' (Summer) - I. Allegro ma non molto Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 5:29
09 Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.8, RV 315, 'L'estate' (Summer) - Narration Sir Michael Gambon (narrator) 0:10
10 Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.8, RV 315, 'L'estate' (Summer) - II. Adagio e piano - Presto e forte Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 2:24
11 Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.8, RV 315, 'L'estate' (Summer) - Narration Sir Michael Gambon (narrator) 0:10
12 Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.8, RV 315, 'L'estate' (Summer) - III. Presto Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 3:04
13 Concerto No.3 in F major, Op.8, RV 293, 'L'autunno' also known as the 'Danza Pastorale' (Autumn) - Narration Sir Michael Gambon (narrator) 0:15
14 Concerto No.3 in F major, Op.8, RV 293, 'L'autunno' also known as the 'Danza Pastorale' (Autumn) - I. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 5:25
15 Concerto No.3 in F major, Op.8, RV 293, 'L'autunno' also known as the 'Danza Pastorale' (Autumn) - Narration - II. Adagio molto Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Sir Michael Gambon (narrator), Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 2:51
16 Concerto No.3 in F major, Op.8, RV 293, 'L'autunno' also known as the 'Danza Pastorale' (Autumn) - Narration Sir Michael Gambon (narrator) 0:17
17 Concerto No.3 in F major, Op.8, RV 293, 'L'autunno' also known as the 'Danza Pastorale' (Autumn) - III. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 3:34
18 Concerto No.4 in F minor, Op.8, RV 297, 'L'inverno' (Winter) - Narration - I. Allegro non molto Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Sir Michael Gambon (narrator), Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 3:34
19 Concerto No.4 in F minor, Op.8, RV 297, 'L'inverno' (Winter) - Narration Sir Michael Gambon (narrator) 0:09
20 Concerto No.4 in F minor, Op.8, RV 297, 'L'inverno' (Winter) - II. Largo Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 2:13
21 Concerto No.4 in F minor, Op.8, RV 297, 'L'inverno' (Winter) - Narration Sir Michael Gambon (narrator) 0:30
22 Concerto No.4 in F minor, Op.8, RV 297, 'L'inverno' (Winter) - III. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 3:32
23 Concerto in E flat major Op.8 No.5 'La tempest di Mare' - I. Presto Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 3:08
24 Concerto in E flat major Op.8 No.5 'La tempest di Mare' - II. Largo Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 2:32
25 Concerto in E flat major Op.8 No.5 'La tempest di Mare' - III. Presto Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Robert Atchison (violin), Altamira Chamber Orchestra 3:53
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