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The Garden of Harmony

A. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Play

So here is the complete four seasons, probably the seven thousandth posting of the most recorded piece of classical music of all time. Here it is performed by the vivacious Concerto Italiano directed by Rinaldo Alessandrini in a recording Grammaphone magazine claimed to be the best one ever.


For the Violin Student Play

Thier are many, many videos of violin students playing pieces like Corelli's "La Folia" and Vivaldi's violin concerto in A minor, and unfortunately, most of them show a lack of understanding of the music, even despite some technically good performances. I've also noticed that there is an over-abundance of Suzuki method edited versions, making it surprisingly difficult to find performances of the original versions.

This playlist features music from the violin student repertoire being played on period instruments with period style, and by professional orchestras. Even if you are not a baroque violinist, the pieces on this playlist are mean't to be a guide to your own performance and should hopefully give you the right idea of how these peices should be really played.

"Dixit Dominus" Play

The Lord says to my Lord:
Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.

The Lord sends forth from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your enemies!
Your people will offer themselves freely
on the day of your power,
in holy garments;
from the womb of the morning,
the dew of your youth will be yours.
The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.

The Lord is at your right hand;
he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
He will execute judgment among the nations,
filling them with corpses;
he will shatter chiefs
over the wide earth.
He will drink from the brook by the way;
therefore he will lift up his head.

Psalm 110 was one of the most popular psalms put to music in the 18th century. This playlist features the three settings by Vivaldi (including the one discovered in 2005) as well as Handel's famous setting and one large-scale setting by Alessandro Scarlatti

More will likely come in the future.

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