• Oliver Davis
  • Anno (2018)

  • Eaton Music (World)
  • String Orchestra
  • Medium voice
  • 20 min

Programme Note

In September 2014 Ivor Setterfield and I discussed the concept of an album based around Vivaldi’s Four Seasons incorporating a complementary original work, perhaps for voice and strings. I decided to look for poetry based on the seasons and then set this in the form of a song cycle. Whist researching potential texts I soon discovered (as many already knew) that Vivaldi had based the Four Seasons on four existing poems; in fact some believe the poems to be by Vivaldi himself, since they very conveniently support the structure of the four concertos.

For the recording with Trafalgar Sinfonia Ivor suggested we approach soprano Grace Davidson and I was of course delighted when she agreed to record the work. To complete the disc I wrote an additional short piece, Anno Epilogue. This quotes one of the key themes of Anno but in a more reflective mood. We recorded at All Saints, Orpington on March 4th, coincidentally Vivaldi’s birthday!

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