Sarah Chang Revisits 'Four Seasons' in New Album

      September 20, 2007 09:12

      Violinist Sarah Chang has made a music video for her rendition of the third movement of "Summer" from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."

      She performs in the video in what appears to be a garden of green trees and grass, softly lit. The shade of the trees seems to harmonize with the music, yet the garden was made in a studio among the skyscrapers in Manhattan, and the video shot in just two days.

      "We started making the video right after I finished recording the music," Chang said with a smile. "It wasn't easy to synchronize my movements and playing with the music."

      Sarah Chang

      Many violinists have recorded the "Four Seasons", including Anne Sophie Mutter and Chung Kyung-wha. Chang carefully listened to her predecessors' performances before recording her own.

      "Mutter's performance is full of classical charm," she said, "and Chung's performances are passionate and enthusiastic, and not just those from the 'Four Seasons,' but all the others, too. When I listen to something, I can always tell if it's her that's playing." Chang recorded the "Four Seasons" with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, famous for not having a conductor.

      When she first decided to record the work, people asked who the conductor might be. Chang selected the Orpheus without the slightest hesitation since they have worked together in perfect harmony for the past ten years. "I put the greatest effort into the third movement of 'Summer', but after finishing the recording, I like the second movement of 'Winter' the most."

      Chang, one of the world's most sought-after young violinists, is fully booked for the second half of the year with tours in Europe, the U.S and Japan. She will perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the U.S. and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany, and then join the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra's tour of Japan. After the tour, she is scheduled to perform with the English Chamber Orchestra. "I may go home to New York around Christmas," she smiled. "After all, big holidays are good."

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