Nicola Benedetti’s “The Four Seasons” masterclass on film
By Elizabeth Davis
December 16, 2015
The brilliant violinist led an orchestra of young British string players last month through ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”. And Classic FM filmed the whole thing.
Nicola Benedetti is one of today’s finest violinists. And we were lucky enough to catch a masterclass she recently gave all about ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”.
Ben Gernon conducted young string musicians from the area around the U.K.’s Saffron Hall – where the masterclass took place.
Click on the below links to view Classic FM’s video footage of the masterclass sessions.
First things first, Nicola Benedetti gives some tips for playing Baroque music.
Nicola Benedetti gives some tips on creating contrast in Vivaldi's “The Four Seasons”.
How do you make a violin sound like a bird? Nicola Benedetti shares her tips for recreating the organised chaos of the dawn chorus in Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”.
Nicola Benedetti talks young musicians through how to play Vivaldi's storm in 'Spring' from “The Four Seasons”.
How do you create the image of a gentle stream in the listeners’ mind? Nicola Benedetti has a few suggestions – including working on the left hand.
Did you know “The Four Seasons” includes a part for a goatherd’s dog? Well, a goatherd’s dog as interpreted by a viola. Here are Nicola Benedetti’s tips for, well, sounding like a dog.
The third movement of 'Spring' from Vivaldi's “The Four Seasons” has an amazing part for the lower strings. Here are Nicola Benedetti's thoughts on the section.