Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: Guest Violinist Philippe Quint cover

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: Guest Violinist Philippe Quint


First on the program, The Four Seasons. Vivaldi’s beloved masterpiece paints tantalizing pictures of the changing seasons.
Next, enjoy a full-day excursion to the Bavarian Alps, brought to vivid life through Richard Strauss’ splendid musical descriptions. Each section is introduced by breathtaking images from filmmaker Gregory MacGillivray’s “National Parks Adventure”, also marking the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. You'll also see image magnification (IMAG) of the musicians on the big screen.
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
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The Four Seasons, Op. 8
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
La primavera (Spring), RV 269
L’estate (Summer), RV 315
L’autunno (Autumn), RV 293
L’inverno (Winter), RV 297
Philippe Quint
An Alpine Symphony, TrV 233, Op. 64
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Nacht (Night)
Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)
Der Anstieg (The Ascent)
Eintritt in den Wald (Entering the Forest)
Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering near the Stream)
Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall) Erscheinung (Apparition)
Auf blumige Wiesen (On Blooming Meadows)
Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture)
Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen (Going Astray in Thicket and Underbrush)
Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier)
Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments)
Auf dem Gipfel (At the Summit)
Vision (View)
Nebel steigen auf (Fog Arises)
Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich (The Sun Gradually Darkens)
Elegie (Elegy)
Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm Before the Storm) Gewitter und Sturm (Thunder and Storm) Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)
Ausklang (Vanishing Sound) Nacht (Night)
Special thanks to Gregory MacGillivray for allowing use of his photos of the National Parks on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.
Image magnification and video editing provided by Jeffery Sells, Center Stage Multimedia.

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Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: Guest Violinist Philippe Quint


Lauded by The Daily Telegraph (U.K.) for his “searingly poetic lyricism,” violinist Philippe Quint is carving an unconventional path with his impassioned musical desire for reimagining traditional works, rediscovering neglected repertoire and commissioning works by contemporary composers.

Whether with his tango band, the Quint Quintet, or a most recent journey with a jazz trio; his dedication to exploring different styles and genres with an award- winning discography has solidified him as one of the foremost violinists of today.

Receiving several Grammy nominations for his two albums Korngold and William Schuman Concertos, Quint is in constant demand worldwide appearing with major orchestras at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York.

Philippe Quint

Philippe Quint - by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Philippe Quint

He is also the first classical musician to land a leading role in a major independent feature film, Downtown Express, which was released in 2010.


Highlights of the 2015-16 season include debuts with Colorado Symphony with Andrew Litton, North Carolina Symphony with Grant Llewellyn in performances and recording of Brahms’ Double and Beethoven’s Triple concertos with cellist Zuill Baley and pianist Awadagian Pratt, Teatro Real in Madrid with Kynan Johns and Santa Cecilia Orquesta, and at the Lucerne Symphony’s “Russian Festival” with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, among others.

At the invitation of Maestro Vladimir Spivakov, Quint makes appearances at the opening of the Colmar Festival in France with Tugan Sokhiev and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in a performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto as well as the opening of the Mary B. Galvin’s new hall in Chicago alongside soprano Renée Fleming.


Quint is winner of the “Ambassador of Arts” award in 2014 presented by Brownstone and Gateway Organizations at the United Nations.

His 2014-15 season highlights included debuts with Seattle Symphony with Ludovic Morlot, Milwaukee Symphony with Edo de Waart, Kansas Symphony with Michael Stern, Vancouver Symphony with James Gaffigan, and returns to San Diego Symphony with Jahja Ling and Indianapolis Symphony with Krzysztof Urbanski.

The upcoming season also sees two new exciting releases: original arrangements of Bach’s music by composer/pianist Matt Herskowitz titled “Bach XXI,” which debuted at Lincoln Center in February of 2016 and a recording of both Glazunov and Khachaturian violin concertos with Bochumer Sinfoniker and Steven Sloane conducting for AvantiClassic label.

Worldwide Demand

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Worldwide Demand

Constantly in demand worldwide, Quint’s most recent appearances include performances with the orchestras of London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Minnesota, Bournemouth, Houston, Weimar Staatskapelle, Royal Liverpool, China National, Orpheus and Berlin Komische Oper.

He has performed under the batons of Marin Alsop, Carl St.Clair, Daniel Hege, Andrew Litton, Cristian Macelaru, Kurt Masur, Jorge Mester, Edo de Waart, Jahja Ling, Krzysztof Urbanski, Ludovic Morlot, Marco Parisotto, Martin Panteleev, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Klauspeter Seibel, Christopher Seaman, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Steven Sloane, Michael Stern, Bramwell Tovey and Martin Yates, among many others.


Quint’s live performances and interviews have been broadcast on television by CBS, CNN, ABC, BBC World News, NBC, Reuters, Bloomberg TV, as well as by radio stations nationwide including NPR, WNYC and WQXR.

His recordings have received multiple “Editor’s Choice” selections in Gramophone, The Strad, Strings and the Daily Telegraph. His remarkable degree of lyricism, poetry and impeccable virtuosity has gripped the eyes and ears of audiences in Asia, Australia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and the U.S. with what The Times (London) describes as his “bravura technique, and unflagging energy.”

Early Years

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Quint studied at Moscow’s Special Music School for the Gifted with the famed Russian violinist Andrei Korsakov, and made his orchestral debut at the age of 9, performing Wieniawski’s Concerto No. 2.

After moving to the United States, he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. His distinguished pedagogues and mentors included Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, Masao Kawasaki, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir.

The Chicago Tribune proclaimed, “Here is a fiddle virtuoso whose many awards are fully justified by the brilliance of his playing.” Among his many honors, Quint was the winner of the Juilliard Competition and Career Grant Recipient of Salon de Virtuosi, Bagby and Clarisse Kampel Foundations.

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