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Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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.

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Exploring Music

Spring is Here

Monday, April 06, 2015

Spring is in the air Exploring Music this week celebrate the coming of flowers and sunshine from under the melting winter ice. Hear music from Vivaldi, Strauss, Chopin and more.

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My Classical Podcast

Download 'La primavera' from Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring is here! Download "La primavera" (Spring) from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in this episode.

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WQXR Features

Video Webcast: Avi Avital Plays Vivaldi in The Greene Space

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tonight at 10 pm, tune in for the radio version of mandolin player Avi Avital performing an evening of Vivaldi and other composers in The Greene Space.

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New Sounds

Music That Revolves Around Poetry

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Hear a new take on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, with the composer’s own poems in new settings by Uri Caine, sung in modern translation by Theo Bleckmann, & Korean poetry set by Sunny Kim.

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The Brothers Balliett

I Will Punch Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' Right in the Face

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" – the height of Italian Baroque invention, or overplayed schlock? Join the Brothers Balliett in deciding today at 3 pm.

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Soundcheck

Anne Akiko Meyers: Virtuosic Musicianship, On A Really Old Violin

Friday, April 25, 2014

Hear virtuosic violinist perform the works of Vivaldi on her impossibly rare and expensive violin, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Classics For Kids

Violin Concertos Through the Ages

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.

New Sounds

Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi

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.”

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Classics For Kids

Poetry and Sound Effects in 'Spring'

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.

Classics For Kids

Vivaldi’s Life

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.

New Sounds

Remixing the Masters: Music for the Vernal Equinox

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. 

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Exploring Music

Bach Sleeps in on Sundays

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. 

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Metropolitan Opera

The Enchanted Island Mashes Up Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau

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.

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Chamber Music Society

Bach and Vivaldi

Monday, February 17, 2014

Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features an all-Baroque program of Bach and Vivaldi.

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World of Opera

Brilliance Seldom Heard: Vivaldi's The Coronation of Dario

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.

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New Sounds

Music That Revolves Around Poetry

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.

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WQXR Blog

Video: Teenage Guitarist Rocks Vivaldi, Goes Viral

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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.

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Concerts from The Frick Collection

Seattle Baroque Soloists

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Listen as the Seattle Baroque Soloists give an intimate tour of 17th century Venice and Rome, from Frescobaldi to Zipoli, culminating in two masterworks from Antonio Vivaldi’s Opus 1 sonatas.

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WQXR Blog

Study: Vivaldi's Four Seasons as the New Brain Food

Monday, March 18, 2013

Researchers from the University of Northumbria say they have found cognitive benefits from listening to the ubiquitous concertos.

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