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Antonio Vivaldi — The 4 Seasons - Summer - Allegro Non Molto
Album: Nigel Kennedy - 1995 recording
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8.7

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Released: 1725
Length: 5:15
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More baroque (and classical and early music) please.  The last 8 or so centuries are so waiting to be cherry picked for this station.
Great piece of music truly a classic. I also can't tell the difference between, players, conductors and similar sized orchestras. 
Goodness will shine through.
 manidaniel wrote:
Sublime, godlike {#Hearteyes}

 
True {#Boohoo}
 stevenstarr wrote:
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

 
We certainly will be listening to music three hundred years from now and Vivaldi will be one of the pieces we will still be listening to along with the classics from our time. Just look at the all time highest ranked songs on Radio Paradise and you know what our great grandchildren will be listening to. Masterpieces like: Shine On You Crazy Diamond, A Day In The Life, Kashmir and Voodoo Chile.
Sublime, godlike {#Hearteyes}
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!
 rdo wrote:
I watch Classical on my cable service at home a lot. You know, the listening channels.  I once saw a very interesting factoid that Vivaldi was not well known when he was alive.  It goes to show, some band none of us may never have even heard of yet could be the toast of the town in 200 years. 
 
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.
beautiful
Vivaldi - a mere 0.7 higher in rating than Pearl Jam's "Black" which was played a couple hours ago.  RP is the great equalizer.

Also - this is has DOUBLE the rating of the David Byrne song (The Revolution - 4.4) that preceded it.  Viva contrast!
I watch Classical on my cable service at home a lot. You know, the listening channels.  I once saw a very interesting factoid that Vivaldi was not well known when he was alive.  It goes to show, some band none of us may never have even heard of yet could be the toast of the town in 200 years. 
I'm making plans for Nigel. Heh, heh, heh...
Wonderful, thanks!

Nigel, you bore me!

Only one thing you are not - a punk!


 fredriley wrote:

I could just fancy a pizza quattro stagioni right now :o)

 
Brilliant, Fred. Order me one, too.
My whole office is loving this! Thanks Bill.
My rating scale for "godlike".
This is one of the finest pieces of music ever made.
 
So evocative and transcendant.
Great, thanks.


absolutely love this...  wonderful...



 twitterpated wrote:

I love The 4 Seasons.  How nice to hear it on RP.  Thank you!

 
I could just fancy a pizza quattro stagioni right now :o)

 cavetroll 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.
 
Well, "rushed" is Nigel's thing, isn't it?
Agree - a bit  rushed. Therefore "only" an 8.
 cavetroll 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.
  

 
aelfheld wrote:

Odd, I found it rather cautious and hesitant in spots. 

An unusual approach to the piece but not, I think, an untenable one.
 
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." 
 cavetroll 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.
 
Odd, I found it rather cautious and hesitant in spots. 

An unusual approach to the piece but not, I think, an untenable one.

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.




We be dancing ballet...  love it...

 
Thank you, Bill.
Bravo, Bill.

Perfect choice for the winter blues.{#Clap}
 bobcat1963 wrote:
as showed in the Avg. Rating, most RP listeners prefer classical music to all the other stuff here, so bill, do you know what to do with that ;-)
 
{#Clap}

The top of my head is slowly disengaging itself and floating away from the rest of me...
as showed in the Avg. Rating, most RP listeners prefer classical music to all the other stuff here, so bill, do you know what to do with that ;-) .....

More summer please here.
 scott_bruce wrote:
Sound can be plotted on a curve with frequency on one axis and the degree to which one finds that sound annoying on the other axis - the curve is called the Line of Constant Annoyance. Think about how annoying the sound of a baby crying is - evolved deliberately to attract the mother's attention. For me, violins fall at the peak of that Line of Constant Annoyance. Violins are not too far off in frequency from a wailing baby...
 
By George! I think he has something. 
This may be the first comment I've ever posted in five years of being an RP listener.. but upon hearing Vivaldi, especially at 8am, I simply had to say — awesome! Thanks, Bill!
 Frater_Kork wrote:

A sticky note tacked to this album:

Einaudi, Learn.


 
one german car?

Vivaldi is great, but this recording sucks

I love The 4 Seasons.  How nice to hear it on RP.  Thank you!


 Albert1967 wrote:

Not sure bout Nige though.
 


I understand what you mean, but I think he and the rest cover it really well...  I bought this CD when it came out, and I am glad I did...  it's solid...  good stuff...  it is fun to hear such variety on Radio Paradise...



Loved hearing this in this mix.
PERFEZIONE
Bravo!!!
 romeotuma wrote:


Vivaldi is very groovy...  love it...
 
Not sure bout Nige though.


Vivaldi is very groovy...  love it...


A sticky note tacked to this album:

Einaudi, Learn.




fantastic...  I just wish it were during the summer...


 keller1 wrote:
For me, The Four Seasons is the greatest piece of music ever written.

It would be really interesting to segue this with the Ludovico Einaudi stuff to see how similar it actually is.
 
have to agree on both points. this was the best part of my whole day - and it was a great day 
A 10 for being a Vivaldi piece, not for this piece in particular.

Sound can be plotted on a curve with frequency on one axis and the degree to which one finds that sound annoying on the other axis - the curve is called the Line of Constant Annoyance. Think about how annoying the sound of a baby crying is - evolved deliberately to attract the mother's attention. For me, violins fall at the peak of that Line of Constant Annoyance. Violins are not too far off in frequency from a wailing baby...
 dunno wrote:

as is this asian chick wearing wet tops while working her violin.

 
but it makes perfect sense, for two reasons {#Wink}


For me, The Four Seasons is the greatest piece of music ever written.

It would be really interesting to segue this with the Ludovico Einaudi stuff to see how similar it actually is.

now that's a cool "cover tune"
 camatcba wrote:
It's awesome - but not RP. Come On! Vivaldi and Ozzy on the same station!{#Idea}
 
You got a problem with that? 

Yea?  Well, stuff it.  Bill rules.

Have to admit, that was....AWESOME!
That lead violin is so graceful and pure. Wonderful.{#Sunny}
 camatcba wrote:
It's awesome - but not RP. Come On! Vivaldi and Ozzy on the same station!{#Idea}
 
I beg to differ.  The diversity is EXACTLY RP....

If stranded on a desert island with pizza and Vivaldi, I'd be fine.
It's awesome - but not RP. Come On! Vivaldi and Ozzy on the same station!{#Idea}


love it...


 moonsaura wrote:

and the soul.....

perhaps a little vivaldi can calm some of the nerves...here and everywhere.
 


so true...  this is soooo soothing...



 dunno wrote:
for all others, nigel kennedy or chicks in short skirts and wet tops will do.
 
Wet T violinist contest.... Oh, the swaying rythms!
So that's what Marilyn Manson sang about in "This is the New Shit". It was Sex and Violins... Sheeit I'm always mishearing lyrics.

 holborne wrote:
 

Dearie me, I'm so crushed that some asshole who's so clever as to call himself "Oscar the Grouch" insults my intelligence. Oh my YES.

 
holborne, did i read that he's from "In my trash can"?

lol. :-)

 sciadodendron wrote:
I was fortunate to catch a small group of musicians playing this song in a church off a side street in Prague. It melted me . . .  how can you not give this a 10?
 
see below - vivaldi is 10++, but this interpretation is sucko-barfo at best.


 frolic4rp wrote:
hmm. love this stuff — on Otto's Baroque or other classical stations.  Just not an RP kind of piece, IMHO.
 
I disagree and with holborne, too—at the considerable risk of being called a naughty name. I sorta wish Bill and Rebecca mixed it up more, not less. I'd love to hear, say, Duke Ellington's "Sepia Panorama" B2B2B with Dvorak's "Serenade for Strings" and Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise." It's about exploring the similarities instead of drawing boundaries around the differences.

 Bernd wrote:
great piece, shockingly poor interpretation...
 
agreed. this kennedy guy is just a poser to keep the pop-saturated crossover fraction happy. as is this asian chick wearing wet tops while working her violin.

when you are really into old music, better stick with the professionals like collegium aurum, chiara banchini / ensemble 415 etc. for all others, nigel kennedy or chicks in short skirts and wet tops will do.

(bill, please kick this track out and replace it with a serious interpretion)


 Frater_Kork wrote:
Interesting, I had totally forgot that Vivaldi used percussion in his Four Seasons.
Or is it just some rather heavy work on the keyboard?
 
Yeah, I thought that was an odd (read: unwelcome) addition...
 holborne wrote:


So, what does it prove that you apparently don't know the difference between "it's" and "its"?

And what is an "entire"?
 
Most excellent :^)
 romeotuma wrote:


Vivaldi music is soooo good for the ears...
 
and the soul.....

perhaps a little vivaldi can calm some of the nerves...here and everywhere.


Interesting, I had totally forgot that Vivaldi used percussion in his Four Seasons.
Or is it just some rather heavy work on the keyboard?
 Ronn wrote:

I love RP precisely because of these unexpected detours and dislike mainstream radio for the lack of them.  My iPod shuffle mixes in lots of arias and I'm perfectly happy if a set includes Radiohead, Puccini, the Cure, the Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Bowie, Mozart and Death Cab.  I learn about lots of rock here (e.g. Porcupine Tree) but RP also introduced me to Jacques Loussier's sublime jazz riffs on classical pieces such as Bach's Goldberg Variations

 
I totally agree - the happy meandering down unexpected pathways is the magic of RP.  Love it just the way it is.