Antonio VIVALDI (1678 -1741)
The Four Seasons
I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: LPCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running Time: 112 mins
Region Code: PAL All
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D
Recording Date: 2003
Cat no.: DV-COFS
TDK presents a very special programme in true Italianate style: the evergreen
Four Seasons concerti, performed in what could have been their original setting.
Played in some of the most magnificent Venetian Villas the familiar pieces
gain a whole new aspect. Andrea Palladio, the 16th century architect, who gave
a whole epoch its name, designed some of the houses and the beauty of the architecture
adds to the music's narrative programme. The musical descriptions of Spring,
Summer, Autumn and Winter are brought even more vividly to life in these beautiful
The renowned Italian Baroque specialists I Solisti Veneti and their director
Claudio Scimone are closely linked with the renaissance in Italian musical life
over recent decades. Their tireless musical searches have unearthed lost treasures
by Vivaldi, Rossini, Donizetti, Spontini and Ponchielli and re-established them
in the repertoire. Here I Solisti Veneti evoke the seasons in five different
Villas in Venice. In these surroundings the music unfolds its wealth of colours
and imagination and the DVD gives viewers the chance to revive this memorable
musical event and join the musicians on their journey through the treasures
of Palladian architecture.
This DVD also includes an explanation by Claudio Scimone of the music of The
Four Seasons, its history and sources.
"...until my ears became accustomed to the sound of Baroque instrument
copies, [Vivaldi's] concerti struck me more as curiosities. Scimone, however,
transformed Vivaldi for me into a wonderful composer in his own right."