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Great BBC programme on Vivaldi
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Gordon Shumway
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Ahh, magic stuff Alf @Gordon Shumway TYVM for the link - I like the detail/analyses provided by the presenter - that'll be my late-night listening and watching tonight for sure!  thumbs-up

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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THANKS ANDREW !!!

Instead of doing the chores I was supposed to be doing, I just spend an hour watching that documentary. embarassed

Very nice. Had a bit of trouble keeping up with the caption... all Greek to me!

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

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Great video, @Gordon Shumway! Thought the unusual camera placements (on scroll, on violin box, and BOW) made it even more interesting. The narration and quoting of notes on score went a long way to make the Four Seasons (and Vivaldi) interesting and more understandable!

The old curmudgeon!

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Here's a source for the sonnets that are mentioned: -

https://www.baroquemusic.org/v.....asons.html

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Great documentary; I saw it a while ago on TV. I love the idea of putting live musicians in a supermarket!

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@Gordon Shumway -

I have to admit I have not been enamored by Vivaldi's Four Seasons, probably because I've been bombarded by only bits and pieces of it  - overplayed, most of my life.  It's been everywhere from film and old cartoon scores to Shopping-Mall ambiance and phone-hold filler.  With no context or meaning, these fragments haven't felt like much more than 'fluffy noise' to me. 

I'm glad you shared this video. 

Like what I've discovered in ALL of the Arts of the World, a little bit of explanation and analysis can lead me to a new outlook, appreciation, even enjoyment.  I believe Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' is a remarkable work of Art and hearing about some of his life has left me enriched with an everlasting impression. 

THANK YOU! 

https://amandaarneill.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Tis-the-Season.png

 

- Emily

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The very first CD I ever bought (1991) was Menuhin playing the four seasons. It was about 70 minutes long, and my old second-hand CD player died about 30 seconds from the end every time I played it. Currently my longest disc is 105 minutes, but luckily I have a much better CD player!

I got rid of the Menuhin CD. No offence to him, but it was a late recording and probably very slow and pedestrian (compare Menuhin with Heifetz in the Beethoven sonatas - Menuhin is much slower than Heifetz).

Currently all I have is Kennedy, which I don't recommend, but it cost a couple of pennies + shipping, and it contains nothing but the four concertos, whereas other discs try to pack in extras, destroying the structure of everything.

This recording has life to it

Andrew

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".This recording has life to it.."

Yes it does!  it doesnt just sound like a mic placed in front of an orchestra.  theres depth..almost like each instrument was individually mic'd and then spaced.  This sounded like sitting in a field in spring or summer with all the different activity youd hear in nature.   Cheesey description I know... with earbuds in sounds great.

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