Sunday 1 September 2019  |  2:30PM


‘Springtime is upon us.

The birds celebrate her return with festive song, and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes.’

Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons represent one of the crowing achievements of the Baroque Era. Often cited as the first major example of ‘program music’, each concerto recreates imagery from a sonnet. The evocations of sleeping goatherds, barking dogs and trickling brooks, along with the propulsive electricity of its harmonic progressions, has ensured the cycle has remained as fresh as the day if first rolled off the printing press in 1725.

Natsuko Yoshimoto (violin) leads a chamber ensemble of Adelaide’s finest musicians in Vivaldi’s masterpiece, performed in tandem with Ástor Piazzolla’s Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires). Could there be a better way to celebrate the first day of spring?

This will be Natsuko Yoshimoto’s first performance at UKARIA on ‘The Adelaide’ 1753-7 Guadagnini violin.


Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)

Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons)

Ástor Piazzolla (1921–1992)

Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) [arr. for solo violin and string orchestra by Leonid Desyatnikov]

Vivaldi: Concerto in E major, Op.8, RV 269 La primavera (Spring)

I. Allegro
II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
III. Allegro pastorale

Piazzolla: Verano Porteño (Buenos Aires Summer)

Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor, Op.8, RV 315 L’estate (Summer)

I. Allegro non molto
II. Adagio e piano – Presto e forte
III. Presto

Piazzolla: Otoño Porteño (Buenos Aires Autumn)

Vivaldi: Concerto in F major, Op.8, RV 293 L’autunno (Autumn)

I. Allegro
II. Adagio molto
III. Allegro

Piazzolla: Invierno Porteño (Buenos Aires Winter)

Vivaldi: Concerto in F minor, Op.8, RV 297 L’inverno (Winter)

Allegro non molto

Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña (Buenos Aires Spring)

Photo: Jacqui Way

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