Antonio Vivaldi was a concerto machine, writing more than 500 of them. They’re mostly very similar: three movements, fast-slow-fast, themes introduced by a string orchestra and picked up and slightly elaborated by the soloists. They’re all pretty and charming, but after listening to a few of them, they start to blur together. One of the reasons the Four Seasons is so popular is that they break the mold, being far more romantic and expressive than usual.
Today’s selection is one of his familiar guitar concertos with an unfamiliar arrangement; all the instruments involved are guitars.
All the music from the this series can be found and enjoyed here.