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Vivaldi’s Spring makes you smarter

Posted on 05 March 2015 by admin

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Vivaldi’s Spring makes you smarter

 

Listening to Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons could have beneficial effects on the brain. Psychologist Leigh Riby, in a study for Northumbria University, says ‘well-recognised, vibrant, emotive and uplifting first movement, had the ability to enhance mental alertness and brain measures of attention and memory.’

The study measured the response times of 14 participants, who were asked to press the space bar on a keyboard when a green square flashed on a monitor, ignoring a series of other coloured shapes. When listening to the first movement of Spring, the average response time was 393.8 milliseconds, compared to 408.1 while working in silence, or 413.3 while listening to Autumn.

So why this piece?

Spring is in a major key, traditionally associated in Western classical music with happy music, as opposed to more sombre minor tunes. But the key of the music was found to have no impact on participants. Autumn, the other major key concerto in the set, was found to have no effect on brain function, along with Summer and Autumn.

It could well be the positive imagery associated with the music that impacted the study. Another recent study found people’s mood could be improved by listening to another piece of programmatic classical music – Rodeo, by Copland, which evokes cheery images of cowboys and barn dances.

So when spring comes around in March, there’s another reason to rejoice. Make sure you turn that music up, because Vivaldi’s soundtrack to the season makes you smarter.

 

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Vivaldi-Orlando furioso (1714) on the Naïve label for free download

Posted on 28 April 2013 by admin

Orlando furioso RV 819 (Teatro San Angelo, Venice 1714) is an opera surviving in manuscript in Vivaldi’s personal library, only partly related to his better known Orlando furioso (RV 728) of 1727. For many years the opera was thought to be by his contemporary Giovanni Alberto Ristori and only two of the work’s three Acts survive. This recording on the Naïve label is performed by the ensemble Modo Antiquo and conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli,  soprano Roberta Mameli performs the aria. The recording was given five stars in the March issue of BBC Music Magazine. This is one of the most rewarding performances in the Naïve Vivaldi opera survey. Now BBC is for a free weekly download,  simply log in or sign up to classical-music.com >>>

Vivaldi: Orlando furioso (1714)

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La Nuova Musica on Harmonia Mundi, the both Dixit Dominus of Handel & Vivaldi

Posted on 05 April 2013 by admin

Founded five years ago, La Nuova Musica is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to reinvigorating the music of the Renaissance and Baroque, it has shot to that “one of the most exciting consorts in the Early Music field”.   The Dixit Dominus of Handel and Vivaldi on Harmonia Mundi is directed by David Bates, the disc includes a pair of contrasting settings of the Psalm 109, Dixit Dominus – Handel’s HWV232, which coposed in 1707 during his visit to Italy, and Vivaldi’s RV807, his third setting of the Psalm, dating from the 1730s. The album also includes Vivaldi’s motet for solo voice, In furore iustissimae irae, featuring soprano Lucy Crowe.

Handel: Dixit Dominus – Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus, In furore iustissimae irae

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