The four concertos entitled The Four Seasons which open Vivaldi's Op. 8 date from about 1725. It was fashionable at the time to depict nature in music, and Vivaldi wrote other descriptive pieces, both suggesting moods and specific images. As a subject, the seasons have been depicted musically by many composers (Lully before him, as a ballet, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Glazounov and others after him) though Vivaldi may have been the first to do so symphonically; but in terms of both illustrative power and pure music, Vivaldi's concertos are perhaps his greatest achievement. Featuring the well-known Itzhak Perlman on violin and conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra their performance of the Four Seasons brings the music to life.
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