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Rachel Barton Pine will join the New Mexico Philharmonic in Vivaldi 'The Four Seasons' / Albuquerque Journal

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Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" amounts to a baroque legend. A series of four concerti grossi written in 1716 and 1717, it remains the best-known of the composer's works. They represented a revolution in musical conception; listeners heard flowing streams, singing birds of various species, a shepherd and his barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, hunting parties, frozen landscapes and hot fires.

The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform the piece with violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Saturday, April 13, in Popejoy Hall. "It's really a great masterpiece," said New Mexico Philharmonic music director Roberto Minczuk. Internationally recognized violinist Barton Pine is the soloist. "We have worked many times together in the U.S. and Canada, New Zealand and Brazil," Minczuk said. "She's one of the best violinists of her generation."

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