Portraying spring, summer, autumn and winter, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” are without doubt one of music history’s most storied compositions. They describe landscapes and scenes, evoke feelings and emotions and the seasons are rendered in such imaginative detail they bring forth memories without the need for words. At the upcoming Candlelight Vivaldi concert, selections of the four violin concertos will come to life at St. John’s Cathedral as hundreds of candles flicker and illuminate the nave.
For fans of the seminal work or those curious to know more, this is an opportunity like no other to bathe in the soft light of candles and experience a stirring work of art that has been enjoyed for centuries.
It is almost certain that you have heard parts of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” musical masterpiece before and felt something stirring inside of you. It affects you whether you know what you’re listening to or not. And, it’s been used and reimagined so many times that it’s hard to have escaped it. Even still, it never tires and always has the capacity to astound.
Spring arrives with the trill of birds and a feast to welcome the warmer weather while summer is suffocating heat followed by a refreshing breeze. Autumn rises with revelry and the nap that follows breaks with the sound of dogs on a hunt before winter blows its icy chill across the land and teeth chatter. But, part of what makes Vivaldi’s score so inspiring is the instructions he provided to musicians such as “the drunkards have fallen asleep” in the second movement of Autumn and how each has been interpreted.
The heritage-listed, gothic-revival-styled St. John’s Cathedral will be lit up with the glow of so many candles that light will be flickering as Ensemble Cherubim take to their instruments. The string quartet will enliven and excite with a performance to envelop audiences in a night of wonder.
The Candlelight concert takes place on Thursday 25 August with two performances. Don’t miss out on a night of revolutionary music in Brisbane.