Vivaldi’s Concerto for solo baroque violin and strings in G Minor, “Summer” (L’Estate, RV 315), performed on original instruments by Cynthia Miller Freivogel and the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music. 4K, ultra high definition video. Special thanks to Meg Bragle! Vivaldi printed Italian sonnets for each of the Four Seasons. The original Italian is available as well as an English translation in the video: just click the CC button to turn them on and off or select the language. Voices of Music FAQ
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Q. What are period instruments or original instruments; how are they different from modern instruments?
A. As instruments became modernized in the 19th century, builders and players tended to focus on the volume of sound and the stability of tuning. Modern steel strings replaced the older materials, and instruments were often machine made. Historical instruments, built individually by hand and with overall lighter construction, have extremely complex overtones—which we find delightful. Modern instruments are of course perfectly suited to more modern music.
Q. Why is the pitch lower, or higher?
A. Early Music performance uses many different pitches, and these pitches create different tone colors on the instruments. See https://goo.gl/pVBNAC
Vivaldi’s brilliant concerto is here presented complete in 4K, ultra high definition video, performed on original instruments. For this video, a new edition was prepared from the original sources, prints and manuscripts for Vivaldi’s music.
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Voices of Music continues our groundbreaking work as a pioneer in the new field of Ultra-High definition video. Although the Four Seasons is the most recorded work in Classical music, this is the first time that the work is made freely available in this format, and performed on period instruments. Your donations will keep the presses running! Voices of Music Hanneke van Proosdij & David Tayler, directors Cynthia Miller Freivogel, baroque violin by Johann Paul Schorn, Salzburg, Austria, 1715 Lisa Grodin, baroque viola by Mathias Eberl, Salzburg, Austria, 1680Katherine Heater, baroque organ by Winold van der Putten, Finsterwolde, Netherlands, 2004, after early 18th-century northern German instruments Kati Kyme, baroque violin by Johann Gottlob Pfretzschner, Mittenwald, 1791 Carla Moore, baroque violin by Johann Georg Thir, Vienna, Austria, 1754 Maxine Nemerovski, baroque violin by Joseph Gaffino, Paris, 1769 Farley Pearce, violone by George Stoppani, Manchester, 1985, after Amati, 1560 Hanneke van Proosdij, Italian single manual harpsichord by Johannes Klinkhamer, Amsterdam, 2000, after Cristofori, Florence, c1725 Elisabeth Reed, baroque cello, anonymous, 1673 William Skeen, five string baroque cello, Anonymous, Italy, c1680 David Tayler, archlute by Andreas von Holst, Munich, 2012 after Magno Tieffenbrucker, Venice, c1610 Gabrielle Wunsch, baroque violin by Lorenzo Carcassi, Florence, Italy, 1765 Produced by Meg Bragle ©2017 Voices of Music #Vivaldi #FourSeasons