What does Antonio Vivaldi sound like in a time of climate crisis? The great Italian Baroque composer's »Four Seasons« is one of the most popular pieces in the entire classical repertoire. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and its chief conductor Alan Gilbert take Vivaldi's work as a starting point to draw attention to the dramatic consequences of climate change. They perform a new version of Vivaldi's masterpiece under the title »For Seasons«, and the performance will be streamed here live on Saturday, 16 November, at 17:30.
It's five minutes past twelve! And it will be a shock to hear that.
More information and statistics on »For Seasons«: Visit project website
How numbers turned into music – and why Alan Gilbert uses a bike to get around in Hamburg: Read the interview on ZEIT Online (German only)
»For Seasons« was created with the help of an algorithm based on climate data supplied by research institutes, environmental agencies and universities. Charts, statistics and temperature curves influence Vivaldi's original score: some of the violin trills, for example, that Vivaldi used to imitate birdsong have been cut to represent the extinction of species. In the new version, summer begins earlier, before spring is properly over. Passages that are all light and airy in the original are played here by menacing brass instruments, and winter sounds somehow off kilter. Nature is increasingly losing its balance.
For Seasons shows clearly that nothing stays as it is if we don't do something about it.
Sa, 16.11.2019, Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal
Mitglieder des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters
Roland Greutter Violine
Dirigent Alan Gilbert
Antonio Vivaldi / Kling Klang Klong
»For Seasons« basiert auf Le quattro stagioni / Die vier Jahreszeiten op. 8 / algorithmische Bearbeitung von Kling Klang Klong (Arrangement: Simone Candotto)