The Four Seasons
One of the most iconic and popular works of all classical repertoire is Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. But it’s not the only music inspired by the seasons of the year. English composer Frederick Delius wrote the hauntingly beautiful “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring” and we’ll hear a remarkable performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons incorporating the original sonnets written to accompany each of the four concerti, read masterfully by Sir Patrick Stewart. Combined, it’s a remarkable musical experience.
Compositions and Recordings
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Frederick Delius
Neville Mariner and the Academy of St. Marin in the Fields
The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi
Violinist Arnie Roth and Musica Anima with accompanying sonnets read by Sir Patrick Stewart