Karajan-Akademie (photo: Peter Adamik)

Karajan Academy

Reinhard Goebel and the Karajan Academy with Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”

The concerto cycle The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi is one of the most famous works of the Baroque period – lively, atmospheric and highly virtuosic. The scholarship holders of the Karajan Academy have rehearsed it together with other concertos by the Venetian composer under the direction of Reinhard Goebel, a specialist in 18th century music. The result is fresh, unconventional interpretations that show off Vivaldi's captivating musical language to great effect.

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Reinhard Goebel direction

Academy IV

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, Strings and Continuo in C mjaor, RV 559

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Reinhard Goebel direction

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for 2 Celli, Strings and Continuo in G minor, RV 531

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Reinhard Goebel direction

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for 3 Violins, Strings and Continuo in F major, RV 551

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Reinhard Goebel direction

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for 4 Violins, 2 Viols and Continuo in B flat major, RV 553

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Reinhard Goebel direction

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, Strings and Continuo in C major, RV 560

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Reinhard Goebel direction

Antonio Vivaldi

Die vier Jahreszeiten op. 8 Nr. 1 - 4

Dates and Tickets

Wed, 18 Dec 2019, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:15

Serie KA

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Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker e.V.

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Programme

The “best music-making in Venice”, Charles de Brosses wrote, “is that of the Ospedali. There are four of them, consisting entirely of illegitimate girls or orphans or children from families unable to pay for their education. The state educates them at its expense and has trained some of them to be good musicians. It is therefore no wonder that they sing like angels and play the violin, the flute, the organ, the oboe, the violoncello, the bassoon, in brief there is no instrument, however large, that can frighten them.” The French music expert enthused: “The conservatory out of all the four to which I go the most often and where I am entertained the best is the Ospedale della Pietà, which has the reputation for the best orchestral music. What strength of execution! Here is the only place that one can hear the premier coup d’archet for which the Paris Opéra so vainly prides itself.”

For the patently brilliant ensemble of the Pietà, Antonio Vivaldi also composed, in addition to numerous vocal works, most of his more than 500 instrumental concerti, that “made no small impression” on Johann Joachim Quantz, the famous flutist, composer and flute teacher of Frederick the Great. “I was eager to accumulate a good number of them. Vivaldi’s splendid ritornelli served as good models for me in later days.”

The scholars of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Reinhard Goebel, will take on a selection of Antonio Vivaldi’s concerti “per vari strumenti”, in which the Baroque principle of rivalry and dialogue is cultivated most vividly. A well-known collection can also be heard on this evening: the concert cycle Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons) op. 8, in which Vivaldi carried the art of musical illustration to extremes.

Karajan-Akademie (photo: Peter Adamik)

Reinhard Goebel (photo: Christina Bleier)