Vi­valdi takes Nel­son through Four Seasons in one day

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Baroque mu­sic is com­ing to Nel­son with a recital of Vi­valdi’s fa­mous Four Seasons.

Com­pris­ing five mu­si­cians, the tour has con­certs in cathe­drals and churches all over the South Is­land, in­clud­ing Christchur­ch and Dunedin.

Or­gan­iser Michelle Hurnik said all of the mu­sic was be­ing played on pe­riod in­stru­ments, mak­ing the sound more ‘‘sub­tle and more di­rect’’.

The pro­gramme con­sists of Vi­valdi’s Four Seasons, Con­certo Alla Rusitca RV 151, Triple Con­certo RV 554a for vi­o­lin, cello and harp­si­chord and Con­certo in D ma­jor RV 121.

Two of the five mu­si­cians are from Europe; solo vi­o­lin­ist Sz­abolcs Illes from Hun­gary and harp­si­chordist Edita Ke­glerova from the Czech Repub­lic.

From Christchur­ch there is cel­list To­mas Hurnik and vi­o­lin­ist Jonathan Tan­ner and vi­o­list Shel­ley Wilkin­son is from Auck­land.

Hurnik said the mu­si­cians had stud­ied baroque mu­sic and au­then­tic in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

‘‘It’s just beau­ti­ful mu­sic, re­ally gor­geous and the Four Seasons most peo­ple know.’’

The soloist for the evening is Illes, who stud­ied with fa­mous baroque vi­o­lin­ists such as En­rico Gatti, Marinett Troost, Lucy van Dael and Si­mon Standage.

Since 2008, he has been a con­cert­mas­ter of the Hof-Mu­sici or­ches­tra which is pri­mar­ily work­ing on the re­con­struc­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion of baroque op­eras with au­then­tic in­stru­ments, cos­tumes and orig­i­nal set­tings.

Hurnik said all the con­certs were held in churches and cathe­drals to make the most of the sound with good acous­tics.

‘‘What is spe­cial about New Zealand is that we have a cathe­dral with amaz­ing sound in ev­ery place.

‘‘It’s lovely to pair up Euro­pean mu­sic with the New Zealand ar­chi­tec­ture, and have it work so beautifull­y.’’

Vi­valdi – Four Seasons pre­sented by The Baroque Mu­sic Com­mu­nity and Ed­u­ca­tional Trust of New Zealand at Nel­son Christ Church Cathe­dral on Fe­bru­ary 19 at 2pm. Tick­ets $45 for adults, $35 for se­niors, $20 for stu­dents and $5 for chil­dren.

Solo vi­o­lin­ist Sz­abolcs Illes from Hun­gary.

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