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Vivaldi : The four Seasons / Concerti di Parigi


  • Du vendredi 14 au samedi 15 juillet 2023
  • Royal Opera
  • 1h20 without intermission
Accueil Vivaldi : The four Seasons / Concerti di Parigi 2023


Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal

Under the high patronage of Aline Foriel-Destezet

Stefan Plewniak Conductor and solo violin

Michaela Hrabankova Oboe



Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons, published in Amsterdam in 1725, were so successful that they almost eclipse Vivaldi’s other concertos (over five hundred!). If they owe their success to a particularly expressive and virtuoso “programme music”, Vivaldi was already very much in demand throughout Europe, and his success in opera put him at the forefront of Italian composers, to the point of being particularly admired and played in France, and of being asked by the French ambassador in Venice to write works in honour of Louis XV. It was probably because of this that Vivaldi was approached by a French collector to acquire concertos by him: those now known as the 12 Paris Concertos: I Concerti di Parigi.

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If their style often refers to features of French music, such as the overtures, or typically French bourrée or minuet movements, they are above all true and dazzling Vivaldian concertos. Inventiveness, colours, magnificent melodies, flawless virtuosity: all of Vivaldi’s assets concentrated in a cycle of twelve remarkably complex works, which will be a real revelation for the public, with the publication of the CD that will grant them recognition at last! They will be served here with vitality by the Versailles Royal Opera Orchestra, led from the first solo violin by its conductor Stefan Plewniak, a true devil of a violinist: and in the Four Seasons, he shows his irresistible spirits, prince of summer skies and icy demon of the winter!

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Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)


Concerto in C Major RV 114 Di Parigi

Concerto in F Major RV 136 Di Parigi


Concerto in G Major RV 150 Di Parigi

Concerto in G minor RV 157 Di Parigi


Oboe Concerto in C major RV 450


The Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles

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An essential masterpiece of the Baroque repertoire, The Four Seasons of Vivaldi was a triumphant success throughout Europe and continues to spread its influence around the world. A true hymn to nature, let yourself be carried away by this highly original work!
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