Vivaldi and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons

The last thing anyone needs is ANOTHER recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, right? Not necessarily.

The last thing anyone needs is ANOTHER recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, right?  Not necessarily.  Violinist Lara St. John teams up with the hit of last year’s BBC Proms, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuala for a pairing you won’t forget.

Conductor Eduardo Marturet leads the Youth Orchestra through Vivaldi’s music with a wonderful fieriness, but it’s when they are set loose on the other half of this recording that they really show their colors.

Juxtaposed with the baroque masterwork is Artur Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.  This work not only reflects the duality of the Northern and Southern hemispheres by starting with Autumn and ending in Summer, but the music is packed with the sounds Piazzolla’s home in Argentina.

Our quick pick this week is a recording I’ve been sitting on a while, but it’s waited long enough. From the Dorian label in 2007 comes a period recording of Franz Schubert‘s song cycle Die schöne Müllerin (the lovely mill girl).  Tenor John Elwes is accompanied by fortepianist Kenneth Slowik.

Music Heard On This Episode

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): The Four Seasons: Concerto in f "Winter"
Lara St. John, violin; Eduardo Marturet/The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuala — Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Ancalagon, 2009)
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): The Four Seasons: Concerto in f "Winter"
Lara St. John, violin; Eduardo Marturet/The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuala — Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Ancalagon, 2009)
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): The Four Seasons: Concerto in g "Summer"
Lara St. John, violin; Eduardo Marturet/The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuala — Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Ancalagon, 2009)
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires: Spring
Lara St. John, violin; Eduardo Marturet/The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuala — Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Ancalagon, 2009)
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Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Die Schöne Müllerin: Wohin? (Where to?)
John Elwes, tenor; Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano — Schubert: Die schöne Mullerin (Dorian, 2007)
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Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Die Schöne Müllerin: Ungeduld (Impatience)
John Elwes, tenor; Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano — Schubert: Die schöne Mullerin (Dorian, 2007)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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