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Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)

Part Five

Friday 31 December 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Friday 7 January 2005 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

In 1725 the collection we now know as the Four Seasons first appeared in print under the rather less snappy title of The Contest Between Harmony and Invention. Today Donald Macleod completes his series on Vivaldi, tracing the history of the most popular piece of classical music of our time, and enjoying some of the composer's less well-known, but equally fine works.


1 hour


L'Inverno (Winter) from the Four Seasons, op 8 no 4, RV 297
Enrico Onofri (violin) / Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini (conductor)
Teldec 4509-90852-2 tr 10-12

Cantata 'Cessate, omai cessate' for alto and strings, RV 684
Sara Mingardo (alto) / Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini (director)
Opus 111 OPS30-181 tr 14-17

'Dresden' Sonata no 16 in B flat major, RV 34
Fabio Biondi (violin) / Maurizio Naddeo (cello) / Rinaldo Alesandrini (harpsichord)
Opus 111 OPS 30-154 tr 6-9

Giustino: Sorte, che m'invitasti ....Ho nel petto un cor sì forte
Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano) /
Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini (conductor)
Decca 466 569-2 tr 9

Concerto in C major for Violin, RV 177
Giuliano Carmignola (violin) /
Venice Baroque Orchestra / Andrea Marcon (conductor)
Sony SK 89362 tr 1-3

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