Vivaldi four seasons concert recording 07.10.22 at 19:00

Vivaldi four seasons concert recording 07.10.22 at 19:00

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Kytäjä church on 7.10 at 7 p.m

Kentala Consort

Violinist Kreeta-Maria Kentala

Kaisa from Sweden

Alina Järvelä

Laura Kajander

Lea Pekkala 

Pontus Grans 

Tea Polso

Andrew Lawrence-King

Joose Vähäsöyrinki 

ANTONIO VIVALDI

(1678–1741)

Concerto in C major, RV 114 : 

I. Allegro 

II. Adagio (solo/improvisation Andrew Lawrence-King)

III. Ciaccona (Allegro ma non troppo)

Kentala Consort

Tito Manlio, RV 778: Se il cor Guerriero

Joose Vähäsöyrinki & Kentala Consort


LE GUATTRO STAGIONI - THE FOUR SEASONS

Soloist Kreeta-Maria Kentala 

& 

Kentala Consort

Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8, RV 269 La Primavera - Spring

I. Allegro

II. Largo e pianissimo semper

III. Danza pastorale: Allegro


Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315 L'Estate - Summer

I. Allegro non molto – Allegro

II. Adagio – Presto – Adagio

III. Presto

Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293 L'Autunno - Autumn

I. Allegro

II. Adagio molto

III. Allegro


Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297 L'Inverno - Winter

I. Allegro non molto

II. Largo

III. Allegro

The Four Seasons , Vivaldi's most famous composition, is a series of four concertos. As a type of composition, the concerto is a kind of conversation between a solo player – or a group of solo players – and a larger ensemble. The concerts usually present the virtuoso musicianship of all the players, but especially the soloist. Vivaldi has chosen the violin as the solo instrument for the Four Seasons work, which is a typical choice for Vivaldi, as he was a skilled violinist himself.

Each of the Four Seasons, like many of Vivaldi's other concertos, represents a typical three-movement concerto form: the first and third movements are fast, lively, and in ritornello form (a structure with repeated musical motifs throughout). The middle part is in turn slow, which creates a necessary contrast to the overall structure of the concerto.

The concertos were published in 1725 as part of Vivaldi's extensive collection of 12 concertos for violin and strings opus 8 entitled "Il cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione".

The concerts have not only been inspired by the seasons, but by four sonnets (a four-line form of poetry) describing different seasons. The author of these sonnets remains a mystery, but most historians believe that Vivaldi wrote them himself. This conclusion is supported by the fact that each sonnet is divided into three parts, each of which corresponds to one part of the concerto. The Four Seasons can therefore be classified as "programmatic" music.


La Primavera - Spring

I. Allegro

Spring has come and the birds happily greet it with their songs, the west wind blows the streams into a sweet murmur. A black cloak rises over the sky, lightning and thunder announce spring, the birds continue their songs after them.
II. Largo
In a flowery field, in the rustling of plants and leaves, a mountain shepherd sleeps, with a faithful dog by his side.
III. Allegro
The flute plays merrily, nymphs and shepherds dance, spring arrives in its glory.

L'Estate - Summer

I. Allegro non molto

Under the merciless sun, livestock and people are dying, even the pine tree is drying up. The cuckoo starts to crow and soon the tittle and the pigeons will also sing. A mild wind blows, but a wind blows from the north. The shepherd laments, the sky and fate are darkening above him.
II. Adagio e piano - Presto e Forte

His limbs go limp and fear takes hold of his mind, sudden barks torment the cattle.

III. Presto

And so the forebodings come true: the sky thunders with lightning, hail hits the grain on the ground.

L'Autunno - Autumn

I. Allegro

The peasants celebrate their harvest, there is dancing and singing, and full of the juice of Bacchus they retire to sleep.
II. Adagio molto
Soon the noise subsides, the mild weather smiles, inviting the people to a deep sleep.

III. Allegro

The hunters leave at dawn, with their dogs, horns and guns. The game runs away, the predators following. In terror and agony, the animals rush to escape with bangs and fire, but the injured one squirms in vain, finally succumbing to death.

L'Inverno - Winter

I. Allegro non molto

In the freezing cold, bitten by the sting of a gnat, legs up, teeth chattering in the cold.
II. Largo
A quiet day in the warmth of the fireplace - others are being watered outside!

III. Allegro

Stepping carefully, slipping and meeting on the glacier. And when the rut opens, run away from the road while breaking the ice. The south wind rushes from its iron home, soon followed by others, in open war with each other: Such is winter, boisterous and joyful.

(sonnets translated by Antti Häyrynen)

In addition to the sonnets, Vivaldi wrote instructions in the score to describe the following events:

Spring

I Allegro: Spring is waking up – Birdsong – Springs are bubbling – Thunder – Birdsong
II Largo e pianissimo semper: Sleeping shepherd (1st violin) – Rustling leaves (2nd violin) – Barking dog (viola)
III Allegro – Danza Pastorale: Country dance

Summer

I Allegro non molto: Exhaustion caused by the heat – Cuckoo – Hill Dove – Tickle – Mild winds – Different winds – North wind – Lament of a young country boy
II Adagio – Presto – Adagio: Flies and flies
III Presto: Summer Storm

Autumn

I Allegro: Peasant dance and song – Drunk – Sleeping drunks
II Adagio molto: All drunkards sleep
III Allegro: Hunting – Fleeing animals – Guns and dogs – Fleeing animal dies

Winter

I Allegro non molto: Freezing in the frost – Terrible wind – Stomping feet – Winds – Grinding teeth
II Largo: Rain - Satisfied by the fire listening to the rain
III Allegro: Walking on ice – Step by step for fear of slipping, slowly and carefully – Slipping and falling – Walking on ice again – Ice is breaking – Sirocco wind, North wind and other winds at war with each other – Such is winter, merry and boisterous

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