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    Hi.

    10 years ago I stopped playing the alt block flute. at that time I had been playing it for 9 years. Time passed and so did my interest for classical music. But a couple of months ago I dicided to buy Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, sort of an experiment really.
    But wow did it reignite my passion for classical music!
    I have spend the last two months listening to The Four Seasons at least once a day. For me its the perfect music.

    My question is this: Can some of you maybe suggest me 2-3 pieces that has the same "feel" and grandour as Vivaldi's The Four Seasons? Any help would be deeply appreciated.

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    I would definitely steer you in the direction of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Telemann's suite for Recorder in A minor might be another good way to go, as well as checking out more Vivaldi.

    I'd also recommend looking into Marcello, Corelli, and Handel.

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    If you like Vivaldi for his sparkle and ebullience, Mozart would be a good choice for branching out from baroque. Listen to the K 364 Sinfonia Concertante.
    Last edited by Meaghan; Jul-03-2011 at 19:28. Reason: Wrong K number! Silly me.

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    I put 264 in my previous post, which is not the K number of the Sinfonia Concertante. It is fixed now.

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    Bach's violin concertos including the concerto for two violins. If you enjoyed Vivaldi you should love these because Bach was greatly influenced by Vivaldi.

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    Tartini was a contemporary of Vivaldi. His violin sonatas have an emotional intensity far surpassing Vivaldi. The famous sonata known as 'The Devil's Trill' is only one of a large treasure trove.
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    Welcome back to the fold.
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    If you like the Four Seasons, try branching out into other concertos also by Vivaldi!

    L'Estro Armonico (his Opus 3) is another set of 12 violin (for 1, 2, or 4 violins) concertos.
    Here are a few samples:
    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av7peBiJRRc[/yt]

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AphCO4QEiXY[/yt]

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    I'm also currently getting into La Stravaganza, his Opus 4, another set of 12 violin concertos.

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx1ctiC9cH8[/yt]

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    If you're feeling a bit adventurous, do what I do and take a dive! http://www.amazon.com/Vivaldi-Concer...7353000&sr=8-1 I got this set of Opus 1-12 (mostly violin concertos, some for other instruments, some sonatas). Considering it's 19 CDs, it's a really good price. Granted, I've only listened to Opus 1-4 from that set so far, but it's been consistently good.

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    Handel's Water Music is a good one. Also there is more great music to be found in Vivaldi's work, the L'Estro Armonico concertos.

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    Claudio Monteverdi:
    Prelude to the Opera, Orfeo:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxBT1pfVAKQ
    Zefiro Torna:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6tJWY2Vaz4

    Jean-Philippe Rameau ~ Rondeau des Indes Galantes: (It's a party!) plenty of other wonderful dance music from his various ballets and operas....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKvd4tMkFHc

    François Couperin ~ Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou Les Maillotins (remarkable pianism / musicianship in play here)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glg99Zc0JjU

    Antonio Vivaldi:
    Concerto con molti stromenti in Do maggiore RV 588
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OUa9E2l-JE
    Antonio Vivaldi - La tempesta di mare - concerto per violino e archi
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKxoh...eature=related

    The Concerto for two mandolins in D is a delight
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHJXeUaMDBs

    !!! I couldn't resist ~ Do not pass this up! The adagio done as a duet; performed by Bobby McFarren and Yo-Yo Ma :-} !!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De6cK...eature=related

    Haendel's Concerti Grossi are wonderful, and I think too often overlooked.

    If you can bear late classical, Beethoven's Triple concerto, for Violin, 'Cello and Piano, is one helluva lively romp.

    Grieg Holberg Suite, a baroque-reference suit, either in the original piano version or his re-working for string orchestra.
    Here, in each version, the prelude:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTEi4kkZy0g
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgLUOU1FseQ

    Likewise, Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin: another multiple movement baroque suite format. Here, the prelude with the remarkable Monique Haas, pianist.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ9n5a9UlQA

    lastly, more 20th century 'back to baroque' neoclassicism,
    Stravinsky ~ Concerto in Eb, Dumbarton Oaks, modeled upon the Bach Concerti Grossi (Brandenburg Concerti)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQszFzbxwbM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8_Xp...eature=related

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    There are the twelve concerti by Corelli, op3. Can't say I like them as much as La stravaganza or Handel's op 6, but Michael Tippett used the first movement of no 2 to supply themes for his Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli (two violins and viola soloists, two string orchestras) which might be described as "back to baroque neoclassicism" meets English lyricism of an exceptionally ravishing kind:



    For me, ASMF under Neville Marriner is still the best in this.

    If, by any chance, you don't know Tippett's Concerto for double string orchestra then that's a must have in the same category. First movement here:

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    Try Arcangelo Corelli, 12 Concerti Grossi, op. 6, many people especially know and love the No. 8, called the "Christmas" concerto. But many of them are nice! Buona fortuna!

    Best Regards,

    George

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