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Luka Faulisi

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

Sony Classical
Release Date: April 26, 2024

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1 El Cant dels Ocells / I. Allegro  
2 I. Allegro  
3 II. Adagio - Presto  
4 II. Adagio molto  
5 II. Largo  
6 III. Allegro  
7 III. Presto  
8 Nocturne  
9 The Seasons, Op. 37b X. October  
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Luka Faulisi breathes new life into Vivaldi’s iconic  “The Four Seasons”

On his second album for Sony Classical, violinist Luka Faulisi presents a highly individual interpretation of Vivaldi’s pioneering masterpiece, The Four Seasons.  Berlin, April 12, 2024: Violinists from every generation have responded to Vivaldi’s set of four violin concertos, whose descriptions of the natural world broke new ground three centuries ago. Faulisi, who was raised in France by an Italian father, feels a ‘three way affinity’ with the Venetian priest and composer that ‘traverses the national, the instrumental and the spiritual.’

With his new recording, Faulisi was determined not to simply ‘make one more version’ of Vivaldi’s work. ‘People rarely examine the composer’s thinking or his vision of nature,’ the violinist says. As in Faulisi’s debut album, Aria, storytelling is to the fore. The violinist’s cinematic approach to The Four Seasons involved encouraging members of the orchestra to engage with the composer’s onomatopoeic animal and nature sounds and adding percussion not found in the original scores.

An important stimulus was artistic director of {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, Martyna Pastuszka, who conducts the recording. ‘We hit it off intellectually from the very outset,’ Faulisi says of her. ‘We had exactly the same idea about what we wanted to do with The Four Seasons. We wanted to make a film, a kind of soundtrack that would better capture all the emotions and all of the moods.’

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