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Classics Explained: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons


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Item number 8558028-29
Barcode 636943802823
Release date 7/1/2001
Category Spoken Word
Label NAXOS EDUCATIONAL
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Disc: 1
1 Introduction: Opening, upward-pointing figure 00:01:33 Siepmann, Jeremy
2 Answering, downward figure completes the phrase 00:00:22 Siepmann, Jeremy
3 Beginning of dialogue 00:00:25 Siepmann, Jeremy
4 The nature of musical conversation; repetition; ' 00:01:26 Siepmann, Jeremy
5 Upward pointing to one ' target ' note 00:00:40 Siepmann, Jeremy
6 ' Answer ' points to two, downward notes 00:00:11 Siepmann, Jeremy
7 Same idea repeated 3 times 00:00:19 Siepmann, Jeremy
8 The first Solo section: birdsong from three solois 00:01:53 Siepmann, Jeremy
9 Repeat of ' two-pronged ' theme in orchestra 00:00:22 Siepmann, Jeremy
10 Orchestra depicts murmuring stream, but still ther 00:00:51 Siepmann, Jeremy
11 Further illustrative ' water studies ' 00:00:32 Siepmann, Jeremy
12 Orchestra erupts into thunderstorm 00:00:27 Siepmann, Jeremy
13 Orchestral thunder, virtuosic ' lightning ' from s 00:00:54 Siepmann, Jeremy
14 Soloistic ' birds ' return to the air 00:00:41 Siepmann, Jeremy
15 Variant of opening theme, with ' argument ' betwee 00:00:25 Siepmann, Jeremy
16 Cue to First Movement 00:00:20 Siepmann, Jeremy
17 First Movement (Complete) 00:03:29 Siepmann, Jeremy
18 Scene setting and Main Theme of Second Movement 00:01:56 Siepmann, Jeremy
19 Analytical comment and Main Theme again 00:00:57 Siepmann, Jeremy
20 Main Theme varied 00:00:41 Siepmann, Jeremy
21 Further variation, tracing slow, descending scale- 00:00:43 Siepmann, Jeremy
22 Analytical discussion of ' pace ' and ' tempo ' ; 00:02:51 Siepmann, Jeremy
23 Vivaldi springs a surprise, reversing direction an 00:00:44 Siepmann, Jeremy
24 Analytical cue to Second Movement 00:00:44 Siepmann, Jeremy
25 Second Movement (Complete) 00:02:35 Siepmann, Jeremy
26 Undercover ' bagpipes ' initiate the finale 00:01:05 Siepmann, Jeremy
27 Second part of Main Theme: new notes, same rhythm 00:00:18 Siepmann, Jeremy
28 An ' echo ' with a difference 00:00:23 Siepmann, Jeremy
29 Reminder of ' echoed ' phrase in its original form 00:00:12 Siepmann, Jeremy
30 Surprise variant provides springboard into new des 00:00:19 Siepmann, Jeremy
31 Unexpected, ' flowing ' entrance of soloist 00:00:36 Siepmann, Jeremy
32 The use of ' sequence ' in first extended solo 00:01:21 Siepmann, Jeremy
33 Vivaldi prepares expectation... 00:00:19 Siepmann, Jeremy
34 ... and frustrates it by bringing in a new theme, 00:01:07 Siepmann, Jeremy
35 Violins accompanied by flowing ' commentary ' in l 00:00:34 Siepmann, Jeremy
36 Soloist returns with new variant 00:00:36 Siepmann, Jeremy
37 Pace slows as violins trace another four-note scal 00:00:24 Siepmann, Jeremy
38 The peasants return with the main theme, which tur 00:00:47 Siepmann, Jeremy
39 Intensification as harmonies change under broad, d 00:00:37 Siepmann, Jeremy
40 Mini-earthquake transformed into harmonic landslid 00:00:46 Siepmann, Jeremy
41 Critical mood-change in soloist's lonely soliloquy 00:00:42 Siepmann, Jeremy
42 Cue to restoration of main theme in its entirety a 00:00:22 Siepmann, Jeremy
43 Third Movement (complete) 00:04:15 Siepmann, Jeremy
44 Scene setting and opening of First Movement 00:00:34 Siepmann, Jeremy
45 Expanded groups of answering phrase 00:00:24 Siepmann, Jeremy
46 Upper and lower strings alternately succumb to let 00:00:49 Siepmann, Jeremy
47 As in ' Spring ', soloist enters with birdsong 00:00:34 Siepmann, Jeremy
48 Orchestra hijacks soloist's material 00:00:40 Siepmann, Jeremy
49 Soloist returns,first as turtle-dove, then as gold 00:00:50 Siepmann, Jeremy
50 Gentle breezes give away to North Wing 00:01:03 Siepmann, Jeremy
51 The storm subsides; soloist enters as weeping peas 00:01:00 Siepmann, Jeremy
52 Movement ends as storm returns 00:00:17 Siepmann, Jeremy
53 First Movement (complete) 00:05:20 Siepmann, Jeremy
54 Second movement opens with extremecontrasts 00:01:34 Siepmann, Jeremy
55 Second Movement (complete) 00:02:28 Siepmann, Jeremy
56 Stormy Weather; thunder 00:00:37 Siepmann, Jeremy
57 Lightning from upper strings 00:00:22 Siepmann, Jeremy
58 More lightning: ' heat ' lightning from violins, ' 00:00:24 Siepmann, Jeremy
59 Torrential rain, depicted by entire orchestra 00:00:46 Siepmann, Jeremy
60 Deferred entry of solo violin, in virtuoso vein 00:00:54 Siepmann, Jeremy
61 Peasant's failing resolve as violin spirals down 00:00:21 Siepmann, Jeremy
62 Nature triumphant; soloist draws on orchestra's 'r 00:01:35 Siepmann, Jeremy
63 The peasant's capitulation 00:00:23 Siepmann, Jeremy
64 Third Movement (complete) 00:03:03 Siepmann, Jeremy
Disc: 2
1 Repetitiousness and folk music; the movement's ope 00:01:17 Siepmann, Jeremy
2 Secondary theme, a closely related development of 00:00:28 Siepmann, Jeremy
3 Solo entry restates the opening theme, ' double-st 00:01:05 Siepmann, Jeremy
4 Unexpectedly, a new theme where a repeat might be 00:00:36 Siepmann, Jeremy
5 The soloist as ' drunkard ' 00:00:45 Siepmann, Jeremy
6 Further violinistic slips and slides 00:00:15 Siepmann, Jeremy
7 Orchestra re-enters with main theme, but is interr 00:00:18 Siepmann, Jeremy
8 Other drunks join in ' dialogue ' with the orchest 00:01:01 Siepmann, Jeremy
9 The orchestral peasants continue their dancing, bu 00:00:57 Siepmann, Jeremy
10 Enter another drunk, courtesy of the virtuoso solo 00:00:40 Siepmann, Jeremy
11 The dance breaks up 00:00:38 Siepmann, Jeremy
12 The drunkard interrupts again, then falls asleep, 00:00:56 Siepmann, Jeremy
13 Conversation amongst the sober peasants leads to t 00:00:24 Siepmann, Jeremy
14 First Movement (complete) 00:04:46 Siepmann, Jeremy
15 Scene-setting for Second Movement 00:01:08 Siepmann, Jeremy
16 Second Movement (complete) 00:02:45 Siepmann, Jeremy
17 Similarities between the Third Movement and the Fi 00:01:06 Siepmann, Jeremy
18 Expectation and surprise: Vivaldi tacks on one bar 00:00:27 Siepmann, Jeremy
19 A case of predictable unpredictablity: novelty and 00:00:36 Siepmann, Jeremy
20 Soloist's double-stopping depicts hunting horns 00:00:34 Siepmann, Jeremy
21 Orchestra yields to unexpected display of virtuosi 00:00:38 Siepmann, Jeremy
22 Soloist suddenly takes the part of the fleeing bea 00:00:25 Siepmann, Jeremy
23 Symmetrical paralels with First Movement: ' beast 00:00:47 Siepmann, Jeremy
24 Death of the quarry, end of the movement 00:00:17 Siepmann, Jeremy
25 Third Movement (complete) 00:03:13 Siepmann, Jeremy
26 Orchestral strings enter, part by part; soloist de 00:01:24 Siepmann, Jeremy
27 Wind subsides and returns, tormenting the trudgers 00:00:53 Siepmann, Jeremy
28 Soloist depicts snow flurries 00:00:27 Siepmann, Jeremy
29 Soloist's flurries interrupted by six blasts of or 00:00:32 Siepmann, Jeremy
30 Teeth chattering, and with stamping feet, the trav 00:01:54 Siepmann, Jeremy
31 Cue to First Movement as a whole 00:00:11 Siepmann, Jeremy
32 First Movement (complete) 00:03:24 Siepmann, Jeremy
33 Soloist's ' aria ' accompanied by pizzicato ' rain 00:00:37 Siepmann, Jeremy
34 A sequence of simple scales, accompanied by openin 00:00:33 Siepmann, Jeremy
35 Two scalewise ideas for the price of one: foregrou 00:00:52 Siepmann, Jeremy
36 New, rising scale-pattern unfurled with ever-great 00:00:36 Siepmann, Jeremy
37 The pace increases eight-fold in concluding downwa 00:00:36 Siepmann, Jeremy
38 Against an unvarying tempo, the pace is repeatedly 00:01:03 Siepmann, Jeremy
39 Foreground / Background 00:00:34 Siepmann, Jeremy
40 Detailed discussion of foreground / background per 00:02:14 Siepmann, Jeremy
41 Second Movement (complete) 00:02:19 Siepmann, Jeremy
42 Scene-setting; soloist begins for the first time 00:00:47 Siepmann, Jeremy
43 Soloist rises progressively, in sequence, decorati 00:00:26 Siepmann, Jeremy
44 First orchestral section; ace is halved; the under 00:00:47 Siepmann, Jeremy
45 The walkers lose their balance and stylishly fall 00:00:22 Siepmann, Jeremy
46 Soloist returns as the original solitary walker an 00:00:23 Siepmann, Jeremy
47 One tempo, two rates of speed: fast for the solois 00:01:51 Siepmann, Jeremy
48 Orchestra evokes the warm winds of the Sirocco 00:00:36 Siepmann, Jeremy
49 Answering blast from the Borea, the could wind of 00:01:07 Siepmann, Jeremy
50 Cue to final movement 00:00:23 Siepmann, Jeremy
51 Third Movement (complete) 00:03:08 Siepmann, Jeremy
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