ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741):

The Modena Chamber Orchestra,
Leader, and solo violin, Francesco Calvi
Caterina Montanari, harpsichord continuo

GLORIA in D, RV 589
Mimi Coertse & Ina Dressel, sopranos / Sonja Draxler, alto
Vienna Academy Chorus & State Opera Orchestra
Conductor Hermann Scherchen

1: Concerto No.1 in E Major, RV 269, "SPRING"
    Allegro / Largo / Allegro (Pastorale dance)
2: Concerto No.2 in g minor, RV 315, "SUMMER"
    Allegro non molto - Allegro / Adagio - Presto - Adagio / Presto (Summer Storm)
3: Concerto No.3 in F Major, RV 293, "AUTUMN"
    Allegro (Peasant Dance and Song) / Adagio molto (Sleeping Drunkards) / Allegro (The Hunt)
4: Concerto No.4 in f minor, RV 297, "WINTER"
     Allegro non molto / Largo / Allegro

5: GLORIA in D Major, RV 589
Part 1: CHORUS: Gloria in excelsis Deo / CHORUS: Et in terra pax hominibus
DUET: Laudamus te / CHORUS: Gratias agimus tibi
ARIA: Domine Deus /CHORUS: Domine Fili unigenite
Solo with CHORUS: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Part 2: CHORUS: Qui tollis peccata mundi
ARIA: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris / CHORUS: Quoniam ti solus sanctus
CHORUS: Cum sancto Spiritu Total Time: 74:51

One of the earliest uses of music was in the accompaniment of theatrical dance and story-telling, so it is natural that composers should from time to time produce what we know as "programme music" - music written to portray events, activities or moods such as pastoral scenes or storms. Concertos representing the moods of the four seasons have always been popular, but none were to do so in such precise pictorial detail as the Four Seasons of Antonio Vivaldi.

This lyrical performance by the Modena Chamber Orchestra under Maestro Calvi reflects every detail of the original sonnets.... the birds of spring, a summer storm, the peasants' revelries when the autumn harvest is completed, the chattering teeth as the winter wind blows.
Full programme text

'Four Seasons' recordings are usually accompanied on a CD by some similar string concertos. We have taken the opportunity to offer something different and a complete contrast in sound, with Vivaldi's magnificent Gloria in a wonderful performance full of sensitivity and detailing.

Here we offer something familiar, with something perhaps a little less known. The Gloria will certainly prove a revelation to those unfamiliar with it.

For more detail on the Four Seasons and the text of the Sonnets in English and Italian, check
VIVALDI: "Four Seasons" Sonnets

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