On CD, with bonus DVD: a visualisation, shot in Venice, to illustrate the city’s changing moods throughout the year this stunning performance on CD of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, recorded in 1994, is performed by Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico and conducted by Giovanni Antonini. Accompanying the CD, the bonus DVD features a special visualisation of this most famous Vivaldi concerto, shot in Venice, where the composer conceived the work. It captures the atmosphere of this beautiful city in all its varied moods and aspects throughout the year: in spring when sunlight starts to sparkle on the water, the city awakens and romance is in the air; in summer when the tourists arrive, adding new life and energy to this teeming city as they wander through narrow alleyways, visiting Venice’s fine squares and churches, and taking in the city’s vistas from vaporettos and gondolas; in autumn when the city takes on a different mood as the visitors go home and Venice is seen against a darkening night sky; and in winter when an icy blast sweeps across the lagoon. Against the famous backdrop of the lagoon and the Grand Canal, this film also shows craftsmen at work making gondolas, musical instruments and Murano glass.
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