Hilary Hahn has "never played any" of Vivaldi's four seasons.

September 12, 2019, 4:58 AM · In this video at 13.20 Hilary Hahn says she has never played any of the 4 seasons. I just found that interesting.

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September 12, 2019, 5:23 AM · How could she?
In the deal she made with the devil 39 years ago, he made very clear that she was allowed to play everything but the Vivaldi's 4 seasons.
September 12, 2019, 5:31 AM · Lol Paul. Thats funny
September 12, 2019, 7:32 AM · Maybe she just doesn't like The Four Seasons. Or maybe she doesn't feel that the world needs a 473rd recording of the Four Seasons. Maybe her present year-long sabbatical is for the purpose of learning the Four Seasons and jazzing them up with extensive improvisations the way baroque composers intended and encouraged. Next time you are in line to have your rosin signed by HH you can ask her.
September 12, 2019, 8:41 AM · Well... I'm not HH, but I don't like Vivaldi, and I especially don't like the Four Seasons (small parts of I can tolerate, but on the whole - NO.)

I think it is great when soloists "don't do" certain works - especially works that are the equivalent of classical pop music (in the sense that it is mainstream, commonly known).

September 12, 2019, 9:13 AM · It's repertoire that's easy to miss out on if you move fast through advancement when you're young.

I've been in an orchestra accompanying the Four Seasons and have done the usual Spring bit for a wedding, but otherwise haven't learned it. It's on my bucket list, though; I'd love to perform it with orchestra.

September 12, 2019, 1:21 PM · I love Vivaldi and especially the Four Seasons, it has the perfect balance imo. The Solo Violin parts don't sacrifice musicality.
September 12, 2019, 9:54 PM · On a side note - can one of the editions put out a copy with ALL of the correct notes? Each season has misprints and egregious wrong notes (first movement of Spring, first movement of Summer, first movement of Winter have notes that are still on major recordings as wrong notes).
September 13, 2019, 10:51 AM · When I travel places with my kids we always listen to music on their phones by plugging into the car stereo (yes, plugging -- it's an '06 minivan). We usually end up listening to at least one version, sometimes two, of the Four Seasons, all the way through (if it's a long enough trip). Then, of course, the usual retinue of cello concertos (Elgar and Dvorak for sure), before switching over to Sandra Boynton and John Lithgow.
September 13, 2019, 12:11 PM · Paul - what is the reference to Sandra Boynton and John Lithgow?
September 13, 2019, 6:03 PM · Andrew, how's the Barenreiter edition?
September 14, 2019, 12:58 PM · I love that whole set of 12 Concerti (Il Cimento).

Contrary to popular opinion, I do not feel they are performed that much-at least now, in the era of HIP, modern players likely think to themselves "it has been recorded so much, and it's better performed on an authentic setup, so yay, thankfully I do not have to bother". A pity and unfortunate consequence of mostly rejecting pre-classical performance on modern instruments. Bach solo works usually get a pass, but most baroque works gets relegated to "student" or HIP-only status, as far as I am seeing it.

My vote is for more Vivaldi (and contemporaries), even on modern setups.

September 14, 2019, 2:19 PM · Lydia - I would have to take a look at the specific moments littered throughout the Seasons. I do not have the Barenreiter score, but perhaps I'll order it...
September 16, 2019, 6:11 AM · Pamela, did you just said that your too cool for Vivaldi?
September 16, 2019, 8:57 AM · Ha - no, but feel free to interpret it that way. I'd love to be considered too cool for something! I've never really liked Vivaldi, so I have a soft spot for any soloist who is not into playing various composers/rep. Patricia Kopatchinskaja, for example, has said that various composers/works don't need her interpretation. I like that - controversial or off-putting as it may be.
September 16, 2019, 5:01 PM · There, you said it again!

That's a fair point though.

Edited: September 17, 2019, 2:09 PM · Re: Hilary Hahn ~ No Vivaldi Seasons

With kind respect for Gordon Shumway's Subject regarding Hilary Hahn's not yet having recorded The Four Seasons of Vivaldi, I think Ms. Hahn's already formidable discography is inclusive of much of the top major violin concerti repertoire, and as announced she needs a sabbatical!!!!! The fact that she has yet to record the Seasons is (for me) a mute point, because one looks/listens to all she has recorded thus far which is a huge banquet of wonderful violin masterworks performed by a dedicated musical servant to Music and the Classical Music World ~ To play any work for Violin & at highest musical - technical levels, takes time and great thought, especially as mentioned by savvy Reponder, Paul Deck, above, musing that perhaps Ms. Hahn has thus far deferred from the Four Seasons due to not wishing to be the 473rd 'version' of Vivaldi's more than well known compositions!!!!! In my view, her decision seems wise and to be a bit bland, quite practical!!!

Years ago a pretty jazzy Uncle of mine who played golf with Frank Sinatra & The Rat Pack at the swank Riviera Golf Club, who relished telling jokes, once offered a punchline to a story of a famed philanthropist, who had heart given millions of dollars away to many needing real assistance & help, yet upon being asked before he turned around from his latest large donation by a sort of rogue representative for the same organization, when replying with sincerity, 'I just contributed over $2,000,000.00', was told by a rogue charity representative, "but what have you done for us, lately?!" Hilary Hahn needs & more than much deserves the sabbatical she is taking after having given so much for such a long time ~ Let all honour her as a human person with a new arrival of her second child plus her elder child, & don't forget her very obviously kind & very supportive husband!!!!!!!

Quote Smart: "When you take care of yourself, all else takes care of itself!!"

With warm musical greetings to everyone, let's all aspire to take better care of ourselves for each of us have only One Self in this Earthly Life ~

Elisabeth Matesky (a musician and person)

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