I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone
filmed at magnificent Venetian villas
Arthaus Musik presents a very special program in true Italian style. A must for all lovers of excellent Baroque Music: the most 'Italian' and also most widely known and played Baroque concerti, The Four Seasons, performed in what could have been their original setting.
Played in some of the most magnificent Venetian Villas the well known pieces gain a whole new aspect. Andrea Palladio, the 16th century architect, who gave a whole epoch its name, designed some of the houses and the beauty of the architecture adds to the music’s narrative program. The musical descriptions of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are brought even more vividly to life in these beautiful Venetian surroundings.
The renowned Italian Baroque specialists I Solisti Veneti and their director Claudio Scimone are closely linked with the renaissance in Italian musical life over recent decades. Their untiring musical searches have unearthed treasures by Vivaldi, Rossini, Donizetti, Spontini and Ponchielli and re-established them in the repertoire. I Solisti Veneti render the descriptive suite on the seasons in fi ve different Villas in Venice.
In these surroundings the music unfolds its wealth of colours and imagination and the DVD gives viewers the chance to revive this memorable musical event and join the musicians on their journey through the treasures of Palladian architecture.
This DVD takes the viewer on yet another musical journey. The Italian filmmaker Elisabetta Sgarbi, renowned for her unusual, impressionistic visual approach, depicts the Veneto, where the Venetian Villas rise. The film works with transfiguration of images and one by one, the rose-colored pillars of the Malcontenta, the Park of the Villa Manin, the sculptures of Villa Barbaro in Maser, the monsters of Villa della Torre and Paolo Verenose‘s as well as Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo‘s frescoes come into view. This journey, accompanied by the young Genoese harpist Michela La Fauci, is a true feast for the eyes and ears.