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Anne Akiko Meyers

Vivaldi Coursing Through My Veins…

August 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I can’t believe what a genius Vivaldi was…I am humbled by so many composers but recently, I recorded a lot of Vivaldi in London with the English Chamber Orchestra and I was simply marveling at this red haired violin-playing Venetian priest. As with most composers, he worked very hard most of his life and continually found inspiration to write some of the most prolific music everybody seems to be able to hum. It also seems incredibly modern that his music was performed by the women at the orphanage he was composing at most of his life. Plagued by health problems, he resented being ordained as a priest but the job gave him steady income.

Anne

To think that the Four Seasons was all premiered by women is quite thrilling…especially in the 1720's. The amount of freedom in his score is so deliciously compelling as well-I would love to read a thesis about why Vivaldi decided to name his concertos this way. As other Venetian composers labelled their concertos No.1 etc., he labeled his as ‘The Hunt’, ‘The Sea Storm’, ‘Autumn’ so visceral in its meaning that one can’t help but imagine red and gold leaves, the air becoming cool and becoming drunk with nature’s beauty…


From Tom Holzman
Posted on August 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM
Vivaldi's concertos for me contain strong visual elements, particularly the Four Seasons which have his indications as to what his music is trying to portray at certain points. I suspect that he may simply be trying to let us know at least what he intended for us to see or hear.

In playing the pieces, please let us know whose interpretations influence you and what concessions to period performance, if any, you are making in your technique and interpretation. Thanks.

From Sal Peralta
Posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Did you record any pieces from "La Cetra"? Prior to last year, i don't think I had listened to anything by Vivaldi other than the Four Seasons, but Concerto No. 5 in A minor is sublime. I would be very interested in buying modern recordings of other concertos from that set. Huge fan, btw. Thanks so much for your work. But please stop making it look so easy!
From Terez Mertes
Posted on August 23, 2013 at 2:58 AM
Enjoyed reading this. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with the Violinist.com community!

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