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Episode #3128

A New Look at the Four Seasons, Pt. 1

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Yellow and orange leaves fall from a tree in autumn. (Elizabeth Zagroba)

For this New Sounds, we’ll take a new look at the Four Seasons - not the Vivaldi work, but instead what it has inspired.  There are lots of other composers who have riffed off of that theme, say - Thomas Wilbrandt, Astor Piazzolla, Philip Glass, and Mark O'Connor, to name a few.

We’ll hear "The American Four Seasons" by Philip Glass, structured like a violin concerto, and it doesn't tell the listener which season goes with which movement.  Plus, Mark O’Connor’s “The American Seasons,” and more. 

PROGRAM #3128, The Four Seasons, New Music-Style with Violin (First aired on 10/19/2010)

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RECORDING

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SOURCE

Thomas Wilbrandt; Philharmonia Orchestra,
cond. by Thomas Wilbrandt;
Warren Green, violin

The Electric V

Vivaldi: Spring Sketches of Spring [17:00]

London 425206
Out of print. 
Available at Archiv Music
www.arkivmusic.com

Philip Glass; London Philharmonic cond. by Marin Alsop; Robert McDuffie, violin

Glass: Violin Concerto No.2 - The American Four Seasons

 

Glass: Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons: Mvmt II [10:28]

Orange Mountain Music 0072
www.orangemountainmusic.com

Mark O’Connor, The Metamorphosen Chamber Orchsetra, cond. by Scott Yoo

The American Seasons

Spring [7:39]

Sony 89660
www.sonyclassical.com
www.mark-oconnor.com

Gidon Kremer / Kremerata Baltica

Eight Seasons

Astor Piazzolla, “Primavera portena” Spring in Buenos Aires [5:43]

Nonesuch 79568
www.nonesuch.com

Philip Glass; London Philharmonic cond. by Marin Alsop; Robert McDuffie, violin

Glass: Violin Concerto No.2 - The American Four Seasons

 

Glass: Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons: Mvmt III [5:56]

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