The winner of The Third Annual Concerto Competition Hyun Jin Lee (violin) plays Vivaldi's Summer from The Four Seasons with The Symphony of Westchester.
Barry Charles Hoffman - conductor,
February 12, 2017 at Iona College in
New Rochelle, NY
Please watch the video of this LIVE performance. Also, please read below, either in Italian (original) or in English translation Vivaldi's own Sonnets that he wrote as reflections of his beautiful music. Enjoy!
Allegro non molto
"Sotto dura Staggion dal Sole accesa
Langue l' huom, langue 'l gregge, ed arde il Pino;
Scioglie il Cucco la Voce, e tosto intesa
Canta la Tortorella e 'l gardelino.
Zeffiro dolce Spira, mà contesa
Muove Borea improviso al Suo vicino;
E piange il Pastorel, perche sospesa
Teme fiera borasca, e 'l suo destino;"
Beneath the blazing sun's relentless heat
men and flocks are sweltering,
pines are scorched.
We hear the cuckoo's voice; then sweet songs of the turtle dove and finch are heard.
Soft breezes stir the air….but threatening north wind sweeps them suddenly aside. The shepherd trembles, fearful of violent storm and what may lie ahead.