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Hear virtuosic violinist perform the works of Vivaldi on her impossibly rare and expensive violin, in the Soundcheck studio.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
In a concerto, solo instruments get to show off in front of a larger group of instruments. This week on Classics for Kids, listen to concertos for violin by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven and other famous composers.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Composer Max Richter has taken apart Vivaldi's original set of violin concertos, "The Four Seasons," and reconfigured the components while reclaiming the work as a beautiful object. Richter opened up some of the repeating patterns already present in the work and as he says, “literally wrote myself into Vivaldi’s score.” For this New Sounds, Max Richter joins us to present some of his "Recomposed: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons.”
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Each section of Antonio Vivaldi’s famous piece, The Four Seasons, is based on a poem, although no one knows who wrote them. We do know about the composition, however. This week on Classics for Kids, hear how Vivaldi uses music to illustrate springtime.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Antonio Vivaldi was a Baroque Italian composer who taught the best musicians in Venice. This week on Classics for Kids, the life and times of Antonio Vivaldi.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Finally, spring has technically sprung. For this New Sounds, hear music for the Vernal Equinox, including "spring" selections from Max Richter, who has recomposed Vivaldi's original set of violin concertos, "The Four Seasons," as well as reworkings of Stravinsky's ballet, "The Rite of Spring." From a brand-new record by The Bad Plus, hear a reduction of Stravinsky's score (now 101 years old), as translated for jazz trio -piano, bass, and drums- by these incredible musicians. There are a few twists to this adaptation; most notably electronic treatments supplied by bassist Dave Anderson to warp pianist Ethan Iverson's riffs in the opening section, and some swing patterns on the ride cymbal, along with other tastefully-chosen audibles on percussion by drummer Dave King that might never have been imagined.
Monday, March 17, 2014
This week host Bill McGlaughlin explores the music of Johann Sebastian Bach starting with music he composed for Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen as Kapellmeister. The program will also examine the influence of Vivaldi on Bach's work and Felix Mendelssohn's revival of Bach's music in 1830.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
This Saturday at noon, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its production of The Enchanted Island featuring tenor Placido Domingo and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
World of Opera brings us one of Vivaldi's lesser known works, The Coronation of Dario. The production comes from the International Baroque Opera Festival in Beaune, France.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
This New Sounds offers a new take on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, with the composer’s own poems in new musical settings by Uri Caine and a modern English translation sung by Theo Bleckmann. Originally, Vivaldi wrote that most famous set of four concertos based on his Italian sonnets about each of the seasons. Listen to the re-working, along with other poetry set to music, including settings from Korean poetry by Sunny Kim. There's also music by Harold Budd and Steve Reich, to name a few.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
By WQXR Staff
Last month, a teenage French guitarist who goes by the name Tina S. released a video of herself playing "Summer" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. It quickly went viral.
Monday, March 18, 2013
By Brian Wise
Researchers from the University of Northumbria say they have found cognitive benefits from listening to the ubiquitous concertos.