Four Seasons

December 8, 2012, 7:00 pm

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 “The Four Seasons fill the measure of the year; there are four seasons in the mind of men” – John Keats.
Starting with this quote Bill plays many works inspired by summer, fall, winter, and spring. We’ll hear the boundless majesty of the summer sun in Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, and the frosty and shivering winds of Vivaldi’s Winter, and then to spice up this week, we’ll hear Astor Piazzolla’s tango, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas) performed by the Trio Solisti. Bill will recite poems that complement the seasonal music, and we’ll listen to Tchaikovsky’s Seasons performed by Yefim Bronfman.

Playlist

Episode 1

Haydn: Der Frühling fr. Die Jahreszeiten
RIAS Chamber Chorus & Freiburg Baroque/Jacobs; Peterson, sop.; Güra, ten.; Henschel, bar.
HM 901829
18:21, 10:22

Tchaikovsky: April, May and June fr. The Seasons, Op. 37a
Bronfman, p.
Sony 60689
11:11

Piazzolla: Primavera Porteño fr. Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Trio Solisti
Bridge 9296
4:54

Cross: Sacred Rain
O’Riley, p.
live recording
3:12
More information about the composer

Episode 2

Haydn: Der Sommer fr. Die Jahreszeiten
RIAS Chamber Chorus & Freiburg Baroque/Jacobs; Peterson, sop.; Güra, ten.; Henschel, bar.
HM 901829
24:11, 9:25

Tchaikovsky: July, August & September fr. The Seasons
Bronfman, p.
Sony 60689
8:13

Piazzolla: Verano Porteño
Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica
Nonesuch 79568
6:03

Episode 3

Haydn: Der Herbst fr. Die Jahreszeiten
English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner; Bonney, s.; Johnson, ten.; Schmidt, bar.
Archiv 431818
21:29, 11:28, 1:13

Tchaikovsky: October, November and December fr. The Seasons
Bronfman, p.
Sony 60689
11:30

Piazzolla: Otoño Porteño
Barenboim, p.; Mederos, band.; Console, db.
Teldec 13474
4:53

Episode 4

Haydn: Der Winter fr. Die Jahreszeiten
RIAS Chamber Chorus & Freiburg Baroque/Jacobs; Peterson, sop.; Güra, ten.; Henschel, bar.
HM 901829
20:27, 10:37

Tchaikovsky: January, February & March fr. The Seasons
Bronfman, p.
Sony 60689
9:57

Piazzolla: Invierno porteño fr. Seasons of Buenos Aires
Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica
Nonesuch 79568
6:42

Episode 5

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto In E, RV 269, Spring fr. The Four Seasons
LPO/Perlman; Perlman, v.
EMI 74761
10:45

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G Minor, RV 315: Summer fr. The Four Seasons
Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica
Nonesuch 79568
9:52

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto In F, RV 293, Autumn fr. The Four Seasons
The English Concert/Pinnock; Standage, v.
Archiv 400045
10:42

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in F Minor, RV 297, Winter fr. The Four Seasons
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Shaham, v.
DG 439933
8:41

James P. Johnson: Snowy Morning Blues (excerpt)
Johnson, p.
GRP 604
1:13