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Episode #3128

A New Look at the Four Seasons, Pt. 1

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

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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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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Comments [1]

Gavin Bryars from Billesdon, UK

Dear John, Looking at the WNYC programme related to Vivaldi, you might like to know that my violin concerto for stings alone (subtitled "The Bulls of Bashan") was commissioned by an English orchestra called The Primavera Orchestra and hence has several overt references to Vivaldi's Four Seasons - and one or two covert ones as well!!

All the best

Gavin

Feb. 20 2013 07:22 AM

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