Strange little piece. Very contemporary-sounding, like Pärt or Glass, but maybe that's just the arrangement I heard.... I'll be interested to hear any comments on the Westhoff, which I haven't heard (but I spent some time listening to his solo violin music a few months ago.)
I think it's really good stuff actually -- Westhoff is probably a fabulous violin composer waiting to be discovered, I was very impressed with Kolja Lessing's collection of suites. When Bach wrote his solo violin music he was contributing to a well established tradition, now almost completely forgotten.Strange little piece. Very contemporary-sounding, like Pärt or Glass, but maybe that's just the arrangement I heard.
No, not really, although it's nice they kept 1-4 in sequence. They could have done this for a a few different reasons:Glad I finally have the prompt to listen to the Four Seasons recording* I added to my collection a couple months ago. And timed perfectly, as I was at #6 on Pianozach's list, which is the Summer Concerto. Killed a few birds with one stone! The accompanying sonnets made for a wonderful pairing (thanks Wikipedia!).
*Apple Music was recommending the Janine Jansen (Decca) recording, which I quite liked.
I found Summer and Autumn to be the most engaging. Spring my least fave of the four, but only by a small margin. Good stuff all around!
I also picked up that same Europa Galante** collection for the other 8 concertos. Making my way through it now. I can see that the Four Seasons are really stand outs. But I did still really like the first movement of No. 5 'La tempesta di mare' and found Nos 8 & 9 to be particularly good. With Vivaldi I'm gravitating to the quick loud and dramatic stuff.
Before this listen, I guess I was only really familiar with the first movement of Spring, which solidified in my mind this stereotype of a quiet, courtly, prim sound. Background music for fancy socials. Glad to be disabused of that notion. Lots of fireworks abound!
** Is it unusual or noteworthy that the compilation orders the concertos not 1-12, but 1-5, 7, 11, 10, 8, 9, 6, 12?