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Vivaldi, Piazzola: Eight Seasons
Ástor Piazzolla, Antonio Vivaldi

Morton, Scottish Ensemble / Morton

Vivaldi, Piazzola: Eight Seasons

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212023129
Catnr: SIGCD 231
Release date: 01 February 2011
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Signum Classics
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0635212023129
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SIGCD 231
Release date
01 February 2011
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About the album

A unique album from one of Scotland's most dynamic and versatile groups – the Scottish Ensemble is a tight-knit band of outstanding string players from around Europe who perform regularly together under Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton. This disc – one of their first solo releases following acclaimed discs with artists such as Alison Balsom and Toby Spence – contrasts Vivaldi's timeless Four Seasons with Piazzolla's tango-inspired The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Combining Vivaldi and Piazzola together like this underlines the meteorological and cultural differences between Mediterranean Europe and the heart of South America. To have them performed side by side creates a fascinating programme of similarities and contrasts.
De vier jaargetijden volgens Vivaldi en Piazolla
Op dit unieke album worden de tijdloze Vier Jaargetijden van Antonio Vivaldi naast de Vier jaargetijden van Buenos Aires van Astor Piazolla gezet.

De Vier Jaargetijden maakt deel uit van Vivaldi’s collectie Il Cimento dell’ Armenia e dell’invenzione uit 1725. Het werk was al van begin af aan geliefd, en tegenwoordig is er misschien geen enkel klassiek werk dat populairder is dan De Vier Jaargetijden. Zijn onbetwistbare aantrekkingskracht ligt in zijn nabijheid. Vivaldi is niet alleen een geweldig componist, maar tovert in dit werk ook poëtische landschappen die bevolkt worden door vogels, honden, jagers, nimfen en herders in schitterende kleuren, die bijna 300 jaar later nog niet vervaagd zijn.

De titel van Piazolla’s compositie verwijst naar Vivaldi, maar daarmee houden de vergelijkingen in de eerste versie van het werk ook op. Piazolla’s werken zijn eendelig, bevatten geen soloviool, en het zetten het gevoel centraal, in plaats van de uitbeelding van gedichten. In de jaren '90 werd het echter bewerkt door Leonid Desyatnikov, die de orkestratie van Vivaldi toepaste (inclusief soloviool) en verwijzingen naar De Vier Jaargetijden toevoegde. Hij voegde ook grapjes toe. Als het zomer is in Venetië, dan is het winter in Buenos Aires. Daarom bevat de ‘winter’ van Piazolla in deze bewerking fragmenten uit Vivaldi’s ‘zomer’.

De combinatie van de seizoenen volgens Vivaldi en Piazolla benadrukt de meteorologische en culturele verschillen tussen Mediterraans Europa en het hart van Zuid-Amerika. Door ze naast elkaar uit voeren wordt er een fascinerend programma van gelijkenissen en tegenstellingen gecreëerd.

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Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some...
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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.
Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for preferment. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's arrival, and Vivaldi himself died less than a year later in poverty.

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Ástor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) is one of most important tango composers of all time. Surprisingly, he spent a large part of his youth in New York. In 1937, Piazzolla returned to his mother country Argentina. There, he started to focus on a career as a classical pianist while in the evening he would play accordion in tango cabaret. From 1955, he worked on his own compositions and wove these two influences together to a new, refreshing sound: the 'tango neuvo'.  At the wedding of crown prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta, Carl Kraayenhof made a spectacular impression with his performance of Adios Noniño. Piazzolla died in 1992. 
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Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) is one of most important tango composers of all time. Surprisingly, he spent a large part of his youth in New York. In 1937, Piazzolla returned to his mother country Argentina. There, he started to focus on a career as a classical pianist while in the evening he would play accordion in tango cabaret. From 1955, he worked on his own compositions and wove these two influences together to a new, refreshing sound: the 'tango neuvo'.

At the wedding of crown prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta, Carl Kraayenhof made a spectacular impression with his performance of Adios Noniño. Piazzolla died in 1992.


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