Thank the Universe for Springtime!
In celebration of the return of green shoots and crocuses and plum tree blossoms in the front yard and forsythia and cherry blossoms in the backyard, not to mention the birds at the new feeder hanging from the old Siberian Elm here in New York, we bring you an exciting version of “Spring” from a 20th century “Four Seasons.”
Did you know that in addition to Vivaldi’s beloved composition, music inspired by the four seasons has also been composed by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and others, including the legendary master of the tango, Astor Piazzola? Today we offer excerpts of, and commentary about, Piazzola’s “Spring,” from his “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” for your savoring.
P.S. We realize that Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere, but allow us a little poetic license?
Listen and tell us your reaction to the music.
To hear the audio via streaming:http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/W4lvZ1Ns
If you’d like to hear all of Piazzola’s Seasons, a recording we like is “Eight Seasons.” It combines the original Vivaldi and Piazzola works, performed by Gidon Kremer and the Baltic Kremerata on Nonesuch #79588