Almost everyone knows Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and can hum along to the most famous melodies of this cycle. But who knows exactly what scenes and stories about the composer are depicted in these violin concertos? At this Family Concert of the education programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the examples of Autumn and Winter reveal the wealth of detail hidden in the score.
Originally from Croatia, Aleksandar Ivić, violinist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1996, not only plays the solo part in the concertos, but also presents the concert. He describes the scenes in the original texts which inspired Vivaldi’s compositions – such as Harvest Festivals in the early autumn. In other places, he imaginatively suggests new interpretations of the soundscapes. Aleksandar Ivić is accompanied in this performance from the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.