I need music everyday, and my favorite kind is classical music.
I started to listen to classical music around ten years old. You might wonder why I have such an old soul, but it’s just my personal preference and my favorite pastime.
I remember I listened to Mozart’s 12 Variationen über ein französisches Lied “Ah, vous dirai-je, maman” before going to sleep, and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky when I was a kid. Now as I become older, I listen to a wider range of composers and pieces. I also love operas and I can never forget I went to the Met Opera almost every week when I was studying in New York. During the covid pandemic, it was also the Met Opera free nightly opera streams which accompanied me for months.
Since music is a really big part of my life, I would like to start this new project to share some of my playlist with you. And hope you will find some pieces you like too!
Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons is a piece of music which you might be familiar with even if you are not a classical music fan. It has been used in many commercials and movies and TV series. I love this piece and I have listened to it performed live many times and I just enjoyed it every time.
The Four Seasons is composed by the Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, violinist, and a priest. I always remember that I saw a painting of him in the music textbook when I was in my first grade. Because of Vivaldi’s iconic red hair, he was also known as the “The Red Priest”.
“Four Seasons” is the most renowned piece by Vivaldi. You might not have heard the full concertos, but you must know some of the melodies from them. I once talked about Vivaldi with a friend, and he just asked me “Which season is your favorite?” I was amused by this question since it seemed to be a tacit understanding that once Vivaldi is mentioned, “Four Seasons” will be brought up.
I am always obsessed with the musical depiction of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, and I have listened to many performances including live and recordings by different chamber orchestras. I also went to the concert of I Musici in Taipei National Concert Hall in 2011 which was an unforgettable evening. Recently, I found another intriguing version of the “Four Seasons”, which was performed by Jaap van Zweden in 1990.
Since my favorite season is winter, I share the winter part here with you.
Listen to Maestro Jaap van Zweden’s music, it not only captures the coldness of winter, but also heartstrings of listeners.
無論春夏秋冬，無論白日黑夜，聽到韋瓦第的四季總是讓人陶醉，我至今最愛的現場演出是2011年 I Musici 在台北國家音樂廳的演出，小提琴首席Antonio Anselmi精湛動人的演奏為聽眾創造了一個美好難忘的夜晚。
而我最近百聽不厭的，是 Jaap van Zweden 這張四季協奏曲的專輯。
Jaap van Zweden本為小提琴家，在前紐約愛樂總監伯恩斯坦的鼓勵下轉學指揮，如今已是享譽盛名的知名指揮家，現場演出與錄音專輯都讓人著迷，除此之外，他年輕時的小提琴錄音也是讓樂迷愛不釋手。1990年的錄音，這曲維瓦第的四季，聽聽 Jaap van Zweden的琴弦吧，那不僅是挑動情感，更勾緊了人心。
冬日冷冽， Jaap van Zweden用他的小提琴刮起刺骨的冷風，不過，他的琴聲除了冷冽，還多了誘人的神秘跟魅惑。誰說冬日就是刺骨的冰冷？在 Jaap van Zweden的琴音裡，冷冽喚醒了聽覺與感官，也點燃了燎原之火。如此的冬日，讓人悸動，也讓人深陷其中。
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