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Thursday, July 16, 2009

I Musici 1988 - [HD] Antonio Vivaldi - Summer/The Four Seasons

In 1952, twelve young and promising Italian musicians, mainly roman and mostly graduates of the at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, got together "inter pares" to create a unique chamber orchestra comprising six violins, two violas, two cellos, one double bass and one harpsichord.

They chose the simple, yet nice, name I MUSICI and they deliberately decided to shape the ensemble without conductor.

They did so in order to create an egalitarian relationship among the twelve colleagues and friends, which would bring to their music-making a unanimity on technical and interpretative questions.

It was a very unconventional but unexpectedly suitable procedure. Notably, maestro Arturo Toscanini, on hearing them rehearsing in April 1952 at the Italian Radio studios, enthused over the young orchestra in front of journalists and musical personalities, and dedicated his photograph to the group with the words “bravi, bravissimi …no! la musica non muore”, (bravo, the music will not die).

A few weeks earlier, on the 30th of March 1952, their public debut was an enormous success at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Roma; it was the starting point of an astonishing career, which in a short time catapulted them among the ranks of the great international performers.

During the course of the years, the musicians have changed, the original members of the group retired but, together with the younger talent that has taken their place, there has always been a generation of “historic” members present who guarantee the tradition and continuity of the orchestra.

At present I Musici are regular guests at the most important international festivals and they carry out an intense concert activity in prestigious theatres and concert halls such as: “G Enescu” International Festival in Bucharest, Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the “Spring Festival” in

Budapest, Sunthory Hall and Opera City in Tokyo, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Seoul Arts Centre, Boston Symphony Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Beijing National centre for the Performing Arts and numerous others.

The twelve musicians in I Musici, together transformed the joyous Sinfonia RV 149 by Vivaldi, into a furious vortex of strings. There, everything bubbled and danced as if in a turbulent Venetian carnival. It was irrelevant and charming and always very stylish.

I Musici built on the experience of their previous performances without ever becoming dogmatic. A pulsating bass (harpsichord and double bass) gave particular emphasis to the orchestra. Everything was played in a natural and spontaneous manner, exactly as it should have been.

"There are cigars and there are CUBAN COHIBAS,

there are red wines and there are CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILDS.

There are performances of TheFour Seasons and there is I MUSICI'S FOUR SEASONS."

The masterful interpretation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons has been always a best seller and was recorded in six successive versions (PHILIPS)

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi - Summer - The Four Seasons - Le Quattro Stagioni - "L' Estate" - Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315  
00:00 I. Allegro non molto
05:30 II. Adagio e piano - Presto e forte
08:11 III. Presto

I Musici Group. Violin Solo, Federico Agostini, 1988
Anton van Munster Film (1934-2009)

Antonio Vivaldi must be regarded as the indisputable king of the Baroque instrumental concerto. Four concertos, known collectively as The Four Seasons, were first published in 1725 as part of a set of twelve concerti, Op. 8, entitled Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione (The Contest Between Harmony and Invention) and remains the composer's best-known and most characteristic work. 

Aside from the features that have come to be associated with most of Vivaldi's music - grace, virtuosity, energetic motoric rhythms - the concertos of The Four Seasons are remarkable for their extraordinary programmatic imagination, which is counterbalanced by close attention to formal structure. Each concerto is accompanied by a descriptive poem whose imagery becomes an essential element of the musical fabric. The birds that greet the season "with their joyful song" in La primavera (Spring), for example, are colorfully depicted in the work's elaborately ornamented figuration. L'estate (Summer) is painted in similarly vivid colors that portray both the piping of a shepherd and a gathering storm. L'autunno (Autumn) is marked by a folksy harvest celebration and the galloping of a hunting party on horseback. The bleakness and dissonance of L'inverno (Winter) create a severe but expressive portrait that provides a striking summation of Vivaldi's pictorial ingenuity in these four works.


The four violin concertos in The Four Seasons were each inspired by an Italian sonnet, possibly written by Vivaldi himself. In each of the concertos the composer attempts to depict the pastoral scenes and events described in the sonnet. In this Concerto in G minor, subtitled "Summer," he attempts to capture the bright scenery and mood of that warmest of seasons, but the music is more a mixture of good and bad than one might normally think: the sonnet opens: "Under the merciless summer sun...." Thus the first movement, despite its lively Allegro non molto marking, begins as if an oppressive pall hovers above, the music listlessly struggling forward. But soon the pacing turns lively and the mood brightens to depict singing birds and cool breezes. But after a brief tranquil section, the music suddenly becomes violent and frenzied, with the onset of a clash among neighbors. Calm returns soon, but the movement ends breathlessly, as a storm threatens to wreak troubles for the shepherd.

The ensuing Adagio - Presto movement alternates between the lethargic but beautiful playing of the solo violin theme and the stormy interjections of the string orchestra. The text describes the tired shepherd and his fears of thunder and lightning.

The storminess continues at the outset of the Presto finale, as the storm finally does begin to rage. The mood throughout this closing panel, whether in the writing for the orchestra or for the soloist, brims with tension, at times even frenzy, as this storm fells stalks of corn and ravages the countryside. This brief movement provides a brilliant finish to this colorful Concerto.


This is the Video of the most popular classical works of all. I Musici were the driving force in the rediscovery of Baroque repertoire and their CD recording of The Four Seasons is one of the best-selling Philips discs of all time. I Musici are still considered to be one of the greatest 'modern' string ensembles. These performances by I Musici were filmed in key locations around Vivaldi's city of Venice. This aforementioned mega-hit video contains flashes of Venetian points of interest and art works. The film incorporates panoramic shots of the city as well as some of the great masterpieces of art to be found there by artists such as Canaletto, Guardi and Tintoretto. There are also shots of the fabulous costumes sported by Venice's citizens during its unique winter Carnival. All the four video movements miniatures (posters) are from the Venice Carnival in the 4th last movement.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Historia De Un Amor - Eydie Gorme, Trios Los Panchos

“Historia de Un Amor” is among the most popular love songs produced in the last seventy-five years and is a classic of the romantic bolero music repertoire. 

Composed by Panamanian Carlos Eleta Almaran (1918-2013) in 1955, and used for the soundtrack of the 1956 movie of the same title, “Historia de Un Amor” is a song inspired by the passing of his brother’s wife. 

This bolero, both lyrically and musically, powerfully evokes the feelings of love, loss, and longing that are representative of the familiar themes of this genre of Latin music. As such, it has become one of the most universally recorded and performed songs, popular with generations of audiences throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia.

It is also in the soundtrack of a 1956 Mexican movie of the same name. The song tells of a man's suffering after his love has disappeared. It may be interpreted that love is a story for a woman but it's just an episode for a man.

It was sung or played by many artists like Julio Iglesias, Nana Mouskouri, Perez Prado, Laura Fygi, Iva Zanicchi, Eydie Gormé & Trio Los Panchos, Pedro Infante, Dalida, Ana Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Lili Boniche - Guadalupe Pineda - among others.

Ya no estás más a mi lado, corazón.
En el alma sólo tengo soledad.
Y si ya no puedo verte,
¿Por qué Dios me hizo quererte?
¿Para hacerme sufrir más?

Siempre fuiste la razón de mi existir.
Adorarte para mi fue religión.
Y en tus besos yo encontraba
El calor que me brindaba
El amor y la pasión.

Es la historia de un amor,
Como no hay otro igual.
Que me hizo comprender
Todo el bien, todo el mal.

Que le dio luz a mi vida,
Apagándola después.
¡Ay que vida tan oscura!,
¡Sin tu amor no viviré!

Es la historia de un amor.