Antonio Vivaldi

It's that time of year again. You're finished with the harsh winter wind, and dreaming of the warm summer sun on your face. If a trip to the Bahamas is not on your agenda, perhaps a visit to Antonio Vivaldi's "Summer" concerto from The Four Seasons will bring a little sunshine into your heart.

You weighed the tons of concertos and voted the Red Priest your No. 9 Essential Classical Composer. Antonio Vivaldi has a reputation for having written too much similar-sounding music, but we say "fie" to that—fie; there, we said it!

This Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI, it's a delightful re-broadcast of a Philadelphia Orchestra program from last November at Verizon Hall, which begins with Vivaldi’s famous four violin concerti known as "The Four Seasons," as vivid today as they were nearly 300 years ago. Violinist Giuliano Carmignola joins Richard Egarr, two of the foremost early-music specialists in the world today, for performances of these works.

It's a brave new musical world. Between downloads, iPods, music sharing websites and the good old CD, we have more easy access to the songs and symphonies we love than ever before.

Violinist Joshua Bell Plays Vivaldi

Sep 13, 2008

Jill Pasternak speaks with the Grammy Award-winning violinist about his new recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

In Joshua Bell's concerts and recordings, his bold, charismatic artistry has brought a fresh voice to the most venerable masterpieces while also uncovering lesser-known gems and new works.

"Mr. Bell doesn't stand in anyone's shadow." - The New York Times