Le Quattro Stagioni (2009)

Vivaldi

Orchestra da Camera Italiana

Salvatore Accardo

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are amongst his most innovative and extraordinary compositions. Today’s public knows the work but the “Red Priest’s” contemporaries were immediately captivated by it as well. The originality of these Concertos is that much more surprising because they dutifully follow the usual pattern: division into three movements of Fast – Slow – Fast with alternating “tuttis” and “solos” as Giuseppe Torelli used.
The Four Seasons in its entirety corresponds with the first four of the twelve Concertos Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione op. VIII (Amsterdam, Le Cene, 1725). Here l’inventione that incites and is one with l’armonia, meaning that the Four Seasons were composed according to the rules, heads the four indicative sonnets, one for each season and printed at the beginning of each respective concerto. The unusual creativity lies in the correspondence between poetry and music or rather in the translation into sound of the natural images evoked in the programmed Sonnets. Being an impresario and productive playwright, it was natural for Vivaldi to combine these skills. The Sonnets are anonymous - although we won’t exclude the possibility that Vivaldi wrote or adapted them himself – and have capital letters (A, B, C, …) inserted on the left of the text near the corresponding verse in various points of the score. For the benefit of performers less inclined to poetry, he often adds a programmatic title or instructions about interpreting the text that the music is describing. For instance, immediately in the first movement of Spring, “birdsong” or, at the top of Largo, in integrating the triplet, subtitles like “the sleeping goatherd” corresponds with the violin soloist’s lullaby.

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Salvatore Accardo

Salvatore Accardo; born September 26, 1941 in Turin, northern Italy) is an Italian violin virtuoso and conductor.Accardo studied violin in the southern Italian city of Naples in the 1950s. He gave his first professional recital at the age of 13 performing Paganini's Capricci. In 1956 Accardo won the Geneva Competition and in 1958 became the first prize winner of the Paganini Competition in Genoa.
He has recorded Paganini's 24 Caprices (re-recorded in 1999) for solo violin and was the first to record all six of the Paganini Violin Concertos. He has an extensive discography of almost 50 recordings on Philips, DG, EMI, Sony Classical, Foné, Dynamic, and Warner-Fonit. Notably, he has recorded an album of classical and contemporary works in 1995 on Paganini's Guarneri del Gesù 1742 violin, the "Canon".
Accardo founded the Accardo Quartet in 1992 and he was one of the founders of the Walter Stauffer Academy in 1986. He founded the Settimane Musicali Internazionali in Naples and the Cremona String Festival in 1971, and in 1996, he re-founded the Orchestra da Camera Italiana (O.C.I.), whose members are the best pupils of the Walter Stauffer Academy. He performed the music of Paganini for the soundtrack of the 1989 film Kinski Paganini. In the 1970s he was a member of the celebrated Italian chamber orchestra "I Musici".
Accardo owns one Stradivarius violin, the "Hart ex Francescatti" (1727) and had the "Firebird ex Saint-Exupéry" (1718).

 

 

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Le Quattro Stagioni (2009)

Vivaldi

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"Concerto in Mi Maggiore ""La Primavera"" - I Allegro"
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"Concerto in Mi Maggiore ""La Primavera"" - II Largo"
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"Concerto in Mi Maggiore ""La Primavera"" - III Allegro"
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"Concerto in Sol Minore ""L'Estate"" - I Allegro non molto - Allegro"
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"Concerto in Sol Minore ""L'Estate"" - II Adagio"
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"Concerto in Sol Minore ""L'Estate"" - III Presto"
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"Concerto in Fa Maggiore ""L'Autunno"" - I Allegro"
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"Concerto in Fa Maggiore ""L'Autunno"" - II Adagio molto"
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"Concerto in Fa Maggiore ""L'Autunno"" - III Allegro"
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"Concerto in Fa Minore ""L'Inverno"" - I Allegro non molto"
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"Concerto in Fa Minore ""L'Inverno"" - II Adagio"
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"Concerto in Fa Minore ""L'Inverno"" - III Allegro"
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Concerto in Re Min. per due violini, archi e continuo F I n? 100 - I Allegro non molto
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Concerto in Re Min. per due violini, archi e continuo F I n? 100 - II Adagio
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Concerto in Re Min. per due violini, archi e continuo F I n? 100 - III Allegro molto
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Concerto in Si bem. Mag. Per violino, violoncello, archi e continuo F IV n?2 - I Allegro moderato
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Concerto in Si bem. Mag. Per violino, violoncello, archi e continuo F IV n?2 - II Andante
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Concerto in Si bem. Mag. Per violino, violoncello, archi e continuo F IV n?2 - III Allegro molto
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