The Four Seasons of Vivaldi

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Experience the evocative and exciting power of the "Four Seasons", Antonio Vivaldi's most famous and revolutionary work, performed by the Opera and Lyric ensemble, with string quintet and harpsichord. To host the concert the wonderful Renaissance courtyard of San Salvatore in Lauro located in the heart of Rome a stone's throw from Piazza Navona.


First violin: Elvin Dhimitri
String quintet and harpsichord


Elvin Dhimitri, first violin of Opera and Lirica, has been recognized as an artist who manages to blend an energy passionate and intense communication skills. In 1992 he received the position of concertmaster of the Bilkent Youth International Symphony Orchestra. He performed within the Symphony Orchestra of the Ente Luglio Musicale Trapanese, the New Scarlatti Symphony Orchestra of Naples and the Toscanini Philharmonic of Parma, among others. In 1997 it was appointed first violin of the Rome Philharmonic Orchestra and, starting from the same year, he is a member of the Orchestra Symphony Orchestra of Rome and Lazio.

Program and cast

Music depicting the four seasons has always been popular, baroque composers such as Werner and Fischer, for to name just a few, they have created compositions on this theme. But no one has ever done it like Antonio Vivaldi such a pictorial and emotional way.
The attention of the entire Baroque period to the changes of the seasons and the surprising changing appearance of the landscape natural is also demonstrated by Bernini's sculptural masterpieces. Baroque art conceives dramatically the relationship between man and nature and between man and the universe. Galileo Galilei's discoveries mean that man no longer has a predominant position at the center of the cosmos, which determines a new attitude of astonishment and fear towards power of nature.
Vivaldi's Four Seasons are the symbol of this era. Not only his spectacular description of nature is a source of wonder, but his own musical language is. The composition aims to surprise the listener with unusual melodies, created through greater rhythm and increased harmonic contrasts. His music turns out more free and fluid, capable of best describing the story he wishes to tell, the scenes of birds singing in spring, of summer storms, of foxes fleeing in autumn, ending with rain in winter. Expressing the best baroque conception, nature is theatricalized in a work in which the spectator feels actively participating and involved in the whirlwind of events that follow one another at a rapid pace.

 

First half


Concerto F XI No.4 in A Major
Allegro tanto/Andante tanto/Allegro

Concerto “La Rustica” RV 151 in G Major
Presto/Adagio/Allegro
Concerto RV 127 in D Minor
Allegro/Adagio/Allegro


Second half


Concerto No.1 in E Major, RV 269, “SPRING”
Allegro/Largo/Allegro (Pastoral dance)
Concerto No.2 in G Minor, RV 315, “SUMMER”
Allegro non tanto - Allegro/Adagio-Presto-Adagio/
Soon (Summer Storm)
Concerto No.3 in F Major, RV 293, “AUTUMN”
Allegro (Peasant Dance and Song)/Adagio very
(Sleeping Drunkards)/Allegro (The Hunt)
Concerto No.4 in F Minor, RV 297, “WINTER”
Allegro non tanto/Largo/Allegro


ARTISTS:
First violin: Elvin Dhimitri
Opera and Lyric String Quartet
Harpsichord

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San Salvatore in Lauro

COURTYARD OF SAN SALVATORE IN LAURO
The Courtyard of S. Salvatore in Lauro: an oasis of beauty in the heart of Rome
Imagine a Renaissance courtyard, immersed in the silence of the historic center of Rome. An enchanting place, where the history can be felt in every corner and the architectural beauty blends with the harmony of nature.
A jump into the past:
Crossing the threshold of the S. Salvatore in Lauro Complex, you are catapulted into another era. The first cloister of Complex, with a structure dating back to the 15th century, it is a real architectural jewel, with its two-sided loggia orders of arches and its elegant columns. While the surprising courtyard, an oasis of peace in the beating heart of the city eternal, it is the ideal place to take refuge from the chaos and frenzy of daily life, to enjoy the experience of attending our own concerts but, exceptionally, outdoors.
A natural stage:
The beauty of the courtyard makes it a natural stage for cultural events of great value. Our concerts that yes will be held on 16/07 and 23/07, they are an unmissable opportunity to experience the magic of this enchanted place, letting yourself transported by the notes and the beauty of the context.
An unforgettable experience:
Attending a concert in the courtyard of S. Salvatore in Lauro will be an unforgettable experience. A perfect combination of music, art and history, which offers unique emotions and seals the memory of a special evening. In case of rain, the concerts will be held in the adjacent Salone dei Piceni, where you will be surrounded by an environment rich in history and art. Suffice it to say that today's hall was the ancient refectory of the convent, and inside it there we find not only a beautiful and large fresco depicting the Wedding at Cana by Francesco Salviati (16th century) but even the tomb of Pope Eugene IV!

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