Antonio Vivaldi — The 4 Seasons - Summer - Allegro Non Molto
Album: Nigel Kennedy - 1995 recording
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Released: 1725
Length: 5:15
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doesn't really much matter who's conducting or on which  instrument  a big name might be playing, It's the fact this song is over three hundred years old and still commands so much attention and admiration . I applaud R.P. for playing this and other classical gems. I'm wondering if any of the music we hear in our own time will be listened to three hundred from now. I,m thinking not much if any. Trying to imagine will there still even be music as we know it . I can't imagine life without music so I'm guessing there will be and  I bet they will still be listening to Vivaldi
 Rachoh wrote:
Gaaah — TOO FAST!!! It's such a gorgeous lazy pulse and build up..feels too rushed in this version

 
I... agree?!?!

Drops it to a 9 from a 10.
 westslope wrote:
"Love this piece, but this rendition feels a bit rushed to me.  He's tripping through the middle notes without much feeling sometimes, and and doesn't hold the pauses.  I know these scores are interpreted, so he may not be wrong.  Still feels rushed to me, though." -cavetroll about 6 years ago.....

Terrific comment!  

 
Perceptive comment.  I listened to Beethoven's 5th by the Berlin Orchestra so many times I could note the differences in any other version.
Gaaah — TOO FAST!!! It's such a gorgeous lazy pulse and build up..feels too rushed in this version
too many notes
This comes at an opportune time.
 max_p wrote:

yes always felt Vivaldi was a rocker wrt Classical

 
...and he looks pretty good on that album cover for someone over 330 years old.
Thank you  Antonio Vivaldi
for Seasons - Summer

Masterpieces...
Thanks for this.  It seems off the beaten path-ISH for this station, but I love that it's really not.  :)
Nigel's interpretation of this whole Suite is the best in my opinion.
Edit: Duh, I made this comment previously...therefore, it must be true? {#Roflol}
I wonder which contemporary music will be listened to touched in 300 years ...

For that reason: Godlike, nothing less.
Bittersweet violin of summer.   🎻 
 
 chiplueck wrote:
I was just telling a friend about the wonders of Radio Paradise and the eclectic playlists when this track came on right after The Doors. Where else can you find such awesome segues?

 
the same today... after love street
 coloradojohn wrote:
A prof teaching a Music class at CU told us on the first day, "You know, Rock and Roll is structurally just a modern form of Classical Music. You've got the repetition of a theme, with variations, and a return to the theme..." He turned us on to the good stuff, too! Rock it!

 
yes always felt Vivaldi was a rocker wrt Classical
 
A prof teaching a Music class at CU told us on the first day, "You know, Rock and Roll is structurally just a modern form of Classical Music. You've got the repetition of a theme, with variations, and a return to the theme..." He turned us on to the good stuff, too! Rock it!
"Love this piece, but this rendition feels a bit rushed to me.  He's tripping through the middle notes without much feeling sometimes, and and doesn't hold the pauses.  I know these scores are interpreted, so he may not be wrong.  Still feels rushed to me, though." -cavetroll about 6 years ago.....

Terrific comment!  
Glorious Vivaldi !!!
I was just telling a friend about the wonders of Radio Paradise and the eclectic playlists when this track came on right after The Doors. Where else can you find such awesome segues?

Classic movie too...
I am not a hater of classic music, but on this station it is to much in these days.
I've heard a lot of versions of the Four Seasons over the last 30 years and I like this rendition by Nigel Kennedy the best.
such joy to awaken to Vivaldi
ooh my .. what a surprise...
Thank you for bringing balance and beauty into my life today.....
Summer !! 
Evviva l'eclettismo!
Tony sure could swing for a guy from the 18th century. There is a reason we are still listening to this even after all these years.
I think Kennedy manages this whole suite better than anyone.
I'm in a greenhouse on a farm on a spring afternoon transplanting Jalapeno peppers to match the tomatillo plants in the next bed. Object - salsa verde.  Thanks for the romantic soundtrack.
 
 guuztaart wrote:
sorry, but i dont listen to RP for this kind of music
recently i seems that the music choices have changed, i hear more classic jazz etc. i don't like it 

 
....... no problem, you have 1000's of stations out there although 99.9% of them are not in the same league as Bill and Rebecca's RP  
sorry, but i dont listen to RP for this kind of music
recently i seems that the music choices have changed, i hear more classic jazz etc. i don't like it 
 Businessgypsy wrote:
Is there a convention for listing the composer over the performer when dealing with the classical musical catalogue? Seems to be a matter of stature, not period. Curious regarding your preference in these cases, Mr. Goldsmith. Thanks, as always, for a wonderfully curated experience.

 
Yes, absolutely.  The composer is the one who always gets the top credit/billing in my experience with classical.  I do not want to try to pass myself off as someone who is in the business of classical music in any way --  I just listen to a lot and I follow several classical music programs over many years.  I also purchase a lot.  Also, this is one of my pet peeves.  I write frequently here of the primacy of the composer/songwriter over the performer.   Many people have the complete opposite point of view, and they may even be in the majority.  But for classical recording performances the composer should be at the top of the billing.
Is there a convention for listing the composer over the performer when dealing with the classical musical catalogue? Seems to be a matter of stature, not period. Curious regarding your preference in these cases, Mr. Goldsmith. Thanks, as always, for a wonderfully curated experience.
I'm not crabby any more.{#Sunny}


I feel like I have been swept to a heavenly place, in a second, and weight lifted off my shoulders. Totally unexpected. Absolutely beautiful.
{#Good-vibes} mmm, Vivaldi, I'm in the zone!
Fantastic, great and very refreshing!!!!!
Antonio! Antonio! Ma Bella!!  *swoon*   

The Jimmy Page of his day... women did faint.  
A timeless classic!  Musical Genius!  Nothing like it... except maybe Yakety Sax. 

marvelous...  love it...
 
Thank you.
Albinoni's Adagio next please!
Did you see the movie Gallipoli? That film made the adagio famous.
But Vivaldi- it's late Tuesday night, i'm writing, i need just a little more creative juice,
so i check out RP and see what's playing...  ...  ...
Vivaldi's 4 Seasons, on RP, latenight... ... ...
nice.
 WonderLizard wrote:

I believe that Vivaldi was very well known during his lifetime and enjoyed popularity for his musical innovations across Europe; witness commissions from various nobility, his eminence in the Venetian opera in the early 18th century, and his notorious nickname, The Red Priest. While he wasn't as popular as many of his contemporaries, notably Scarlatti, his long, profuse career and almost continuous patronage would give testament to some renown. Nobles didn't commission works nor did patrons attend operas of a composer whose work wasn't highly regarded.
 

Cool.  Thanks.  I think they meant he was not internationally famous.  But point taken.  If I had to think of the band that in 200 years people will look back on and say 'why weren't they huge?'  No doubt about it — it would be Gomez.
It's winter time! Only for a short moment...
Te whole peace would be nice on Radio Paradise!
 kcar wrote:

Gotta agree with cavetroll: this version does feel rushed and quite forced at times, like the players are really trying to punch this up for a modern audience. Some of Kennedy's playing of the Four Seasons is amazing, though, especially "Winter." 
 
Thank you for the purchasing recommendation. I found this lagniappe to be sublime.
 ziakut wrote:
The violin is heartbreakingly beautiful.
 
it is.
The violin is heartbreakingly beautiful.
You know, if this Tony character keeps it up, he could be famous some day.

What?

 I think Nigel was born to play 'Vivaldi' as it so suits his agression, wonderful interpretation. Gets a solid 9 from me.


 WonderLizard wrote:

I believe that Vivaldi was very well known during his lifetime and enjoyed popularity for his musical innovations across Europe; witness commissions from various nobility, his eminence in the Venetian opera in the early 18th century, and his notorious nickname, The Red Priest. While he wasn't as popular as many of his contemporaries, notably Scarlatti, his long, profuse career and almost continuous patronage would give testament to some renown. Nobles didn't commission works nor did patrons attend operas of a composer whose work wasn't highly regarded.
 
Thanks for the insight, WonderLizard...
Very articulate and impressive commentary—particularly considering the time limitation of the music we heard.   
Why doesn't anyone ever crank this up on the train?
Wouldn't it be nice if the adagio and presto followed?
Beautiful!
Always thinking of Italy when I hear Vivaldi.
The four seasons are to famous for me...
He has made more, much special music!