|Vivaldi was born in Venice in 1678|
Conductor and NPR music personality Rob Kapilow spent the first hour breaking down the music and explaining 'what makes it great'. The musical themes, textures, layers and techniques. After intermission it was spring and summer full on, and I listened to this classic with new appreciation.
Both spring and summer concertos featured birds and birdsong. Turtledoves, finches, warblers. The shepherd's barking dog. Wind in the trees. Water in the stream. Ahhhhhh... I can't wait for warmer weather!
The strings are my favourites, and these concertos are the perfect showcase. A harpsichord was centre stage. That particular instrument takes me back to the first concert I ever saw, when my grandfather brought me to the symphony as a kid. It was a wonderful night out. Just me and him, which was a rarity indeed. That's probably why I love classical music so much to this day.
Kapilow talked about the music, but also made profound references to the gnostic gospels and quoted Goethe to underscore the importance of living in the moment and savouring the joy and power that surround us everyday. The magic, too, of how bringing all these musicians together can produce so much more than solo efforts.