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Four Seasons

From the boundless majesty of the summer sun in Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten to the frosty snow and shivering winds of Vivaldi’s Winter, this week is dedicated to music inspired by the changing seasons. Come and find out how something as natural and routine as the seasons and the changes between them can inspire a wide variety of music.

 
Program 1

Bill kicks off his seasonal exploration with Haydn’s masterwork, Die Jahreszeiten. We begin with Spring, and then continue with music from Tchaikovsky and Astor Piazzolla.

Haydn: Der Frühling fr. Die Jahreszeiten
RIAS Chamber Chorus & Freiburg Baroque/Jacobs; Peterson, sop.; Güra, ten.; Henschel, bar.
HM 901829
18:21, 10:22
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Tchaikovsky: April, May and June fr. The Seasons, Op. 37a
Bronfman, p.
Sony 60689
11:11
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Piazzolla: Primavera Porteño fr. Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Trio Solisti
Bridge 9296
4:54
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Cross: Sacred Rain
O’Riley, p.
live recording
3:12
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Program 2

We continue with the Summer section of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, as well as the summer months of Tchaikovsky’s seasonal compositions. We close with the summer part of Piazzolla’s four seasons.

Haydn: Der Sommer fr. Die Jahreszeiten
RIAS Chamber Chorus & Freiburg Baroque/Jacobs; Peterson, sop.; Güra, ten.; Henschel, bar.
HM 901829
24:11, 9:25
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Tchaikovsky: July, August & September fr. The Seasons
Bronfman, p.
Sony 60689
8:13
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Piazzolla: Verano Porteño
Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica
Nonesuch 79568
6:03
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Program 3

Summer moves into autumn as Bill continues his exploration of seasonal music. We first hear the autumn section of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, then Tchaikovsky’s fall months and finally Piazzolla’s fall composition.

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
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Tchaikovsky: October, November and December fr. The Seasons
Bronfman, p.
Sony 60689
11:30
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Piazzolla: Otoño Porteño
Barenboim, p.; Mederos, band.; Console, db.
Teldec 13474
4:53
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Program 4

Bill finishes his examination of Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla with the Winter pieces of their respective seasonal compositions.

Haydn: Der Winter fr. Die Jahreszeiten
RIAS Chamber Chorus & Freiburg Baroque/Jacobs; Peterson, sop.; Güra, ten.; Henschel, bar.
HM 901829
20:27, 10:37
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Tchaikovsky: January, February & March fr. The Seasons
Bronfman, p.
Sony 60689
9:57
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Piazzolla: Invierno porteño fr. Seasons of Buenos Aires
Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica
Nonesuch 79568
6:42
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Program 5

Bill concludes his exploration of the four seasons with an in-depth look at Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto In E, RV 269, Spring fr. The Four Seasons
LPO/Perlman; Perlman, v.
EMI 74761
10:45
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Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G Minor, RV 315: Summer fr. The Four Seasons
Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica
Nonesuch 79568
9:52
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Vivaldi: Violin Concerto In F, RV 293, Autumn fr. The Four Seasons
The English Concert/Pinnock; Standage, v.
Archiv 400045
10:42
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Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in F Minor, RV 297, Winter fr. The Four Seasons
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Shaham, v.
DG 439933
8:41
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James P. Johnson: Snowy Morning Blues (excerpt)
Johnson, p.
GRP 604
1:13
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