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The Four Seasons

Probable portrait of Vivaldi, c. 1723.
Anonymous painter.
Probable portrait of Vivaldi, c. 1723.

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

Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
Leah Sosland is an intern for 91.9 Classical KC.