There are three tracks for each of the seasons, beginning with spring. “Allegro (in E Major)” sounds mostly as you know it, but with a pop beat through parts of it. It’s certainly not hard rock or anything. Rather, it is uplifting and pretty, a wonderful take on this famous and gorgeous piece of music. Then “Largo e pianissimo sempre” has more of an electronic feel, but retains the piece’s beauty and emotional weight. It is clear that this music resonates strongly with Darryl Way. “Allegro pastorale” has a bright sound right from the start. There are some minor fluctuations in volume that do not feel natural, but rather like a glitch, but these do not detract much from the enjoyment of this music.
“Allegro non molto (in G minor),” the first section of “Concert No. 2 in G minor,” is truly pretty and moving. It then suddenly takes a turn, becoming exciting and fun. Yet this version allows for those pauses, those quieter moments, before exploding again in sound. Sounds like an intense summer, full of wild emotion and even danger. Then in “Adagio e piano – presto e forte,” the beat feels more pronounced, under the sad sound of the strings, and the contrast in those two sounds is intriguing. “Presto (in G minor)” comes on strong, with a progressive rock feel, the violin fiery and serious.
“Allegro non molto (in F major)” has such a cheerful vibe, feeling to me like some glorious regal celebration where all people of the realm are invited, regardless of class. This is a piece of joy, of dance, of love, of light. It moves through some changes toward the end, including a brief somber section. Then “Adagio molto (in D Minor) has an electronic feel from the start, more so than the others, though the strings rise above that landscape somewhat. There is something sad about the sound, at least to my ears, just a touch of melancholy. Then “Allegro (in F major)” has a brighter feel from the start, though still some of that electronic feel. There is something of a dance about this track too, but with a slightly more serious air. It’s like the need to celebrate is felt by the people more intently, more urgently.
“Allegro non molto (in F minor)” has an intensity from the moment in begins, more prominent than in other versions I’ve heard. It feels like someone’s life is at stake. Yet there is also some beautiful work on violin. Then “Largo” has a mellower, gentler vibe, and is quite pretty. “Allegro (in F minor)” feels like it delivers some kind of warning as it begins. Things have become more serious again. But then it’s like we’re able to turn that to something delightful. This track has an exciting ending.
CD Track List
- Allegro (in E major)
- Largo e pianissimo sempre (in C# minor)
- Allegro pastorale (in E major)
- Allegro non molto (in G minor)
- Adagio e piano – Presto e forte (in G minor)
- Presto (in G minor)
- Allegro (in F minor)
- Adagio molto (in D minor)
- Allegro (in F major)
- Allegro non molto (in F minor)
- Largo (in Eb major)
- Allegro (in F minor)
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons In Rock was released on May 4, 2018 on Right Honourable Records.