Masses, if not masters, enjoy composer Vivaldi as local concert features his `Four Seasons'

July 29, 1999|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE Sun

Posterity hasn't always tipped its cap respectfully in the direction of Antonio Vivaldi, the facile composer of the baroque era whose many works won him acclaim at the Austrian imperial court and in his native Italy.

The great Igor Stravinsky once dismissed Vivaldi as "a dull fellow who could compose the same form over and so many times over."

Our baroque-smitten record-buying public has overruled Stravinsky's curmudgeonly verdict.

None of Vivaldi's 700-plus compositions is better loved than his pictorial set of four concertos for solo violin and string orchestra, "The Four Seasons."

Local concertgoers will get to experience these and other seasonal pleasures tomorrow evening when violinist Daniel Heifetz and associates from his International Music Institute conclude their second summer in Annapolis by presenting Vivaldi's greatest hit at historic St. Anne's Church.

Violin duos and other baroque works, most notably the "Chaconne" of Thomasso Vitali, will also be performed at the concert, which begins at 8 p.m.

The audience will share the texts that inspired the work, poems that might have been penned by Vivaldi himself. "Spring has come and joyfully the birds welcome it with cheerful song," begins "La Primavera," the first of the concertos. The images certainly describe the chirpy warbling that opens the "Spring" concerto.

Ticket information: 410- 268-8553.

Pub Date: 7/29/99

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