The program of concerts of the XV international Winter arts festival in Sochi

Fire, Water, Earth, Air

“Fire, Water, Earth, Air”. Evening with Antonio Vivaldi and Four Elements.
February 26, 2022
Beginning at 19.00
Winter theater
Concert description

“At the dawn of the world on a high Crimean mountain lived there four elements: Wind, Earth, Water and Fire. There were no people on the Crimean land back then. Only century-old oaks were growing along river valleys and huge pines were climbing the slopes of gorges. Yes, fast rivers were rushing in the canyons and fearsome waves were breaking on the sea cliffs. The four elements were the ultimate masters of the world. Sometimes they would look over their domains, and descend from the top of the sacred mountain to the valleys and the seashore. They blew in hurricane winds, beat huge waves and were hurled in torrential downpours. They rumbled with earthquakes, they lit up the world with lightning…”

So begins the narration of an ancient legend about the four elements at the heart of the universe. The idea, which comes from the depths of time, has survived to this day – and still excites philosophers, poets and musicians…

The new programme of the world-famous Italian ensemble Il Giardino Armonico will be focused on the music of Antonio Vivaldi, who created the standard of the Baroque era instrumental concerto. However, it is not the “Four seasons” that are the leitmotif of the concerto, but the images of Fire and Water, Earth and Air that are captured in the music. The vivid imagery of Vivaldi’s music inspired contemporaries and followers; but in the era of postmodernism it can also provoke the composer into “creative competition”. And so the violin is organically combined with the Korean flute, the medieval shawm with the recorder, and Vivaldi’s symphonies, concertos and vocal music with works by Handel, Locatelli, the twentieth-century German-Korean composer Isang Yun and the contemporary Italian composer and cellist Giovanni Sollima.

Program of the concert

“Fire, Water, Earth, Air”. Evening with Antonio Vivaldi and Four Elements.

Chamber Ensemble «Il Giardino Armonico» (Italy)
Artistic Director – Giovanni Antonioni

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Concerto [Sinfonia] for Strings and basso continuo in E minor, RV 134
Allegro
Andante
Allegro

Concerto in B minor for four violins, cello, string and basso continuo, RV 580
Allegro
Largo–Larghetto–Adagio–Largo
Allegro

Giovanni Sollima (born 1962)
“So” for Piri, Strings and basso continuo

Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764)
Concerto grosso in E-flat, Op. 7, No 6, “Il Pianto d’Arianna”
Andante–Allegro–Adagio
Largo andante
Grave
Allegro
Largo

Isang Yun (1917-1995)
«Actor with a monkey» piece from the “Chinesische Bilder “ cycle for Flute or Recorder solo (1993)

Antonio Vivaldi
Flautino Concerto in C major, RV 443
Allegro non molto
Largo
Allegro

Sinfonia “Al Santo Sepolcro” for Strings and basso continuo, RV169
Adagio molto
Allegro

“Nisi Dominus, RV608
(transcription for Shawm, Strings and basso continuo)

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op. 6, No 3, HWV321
Larghetto
Andante
Allegro
Polomaise: Andante
Allegro, ma non troppo

Isang Yun
“The Cowboy’s Flute” from the “Chinesische Bilder “ cycle for Flute or Recorder solo

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for Violin, Strings, Basso Continuo in E-flat “La Tempesta di Mare”, RV253
Allegro
Largo
Allegro

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