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Other Seasons

4 seasons, 12 reasons, and 24 seasonings.

In „The Other Season.“ Aleksey Igudesman embarks on a musical journey that reimagines the concept of the 4 seasons in a philosophical and culinary way.


Format: Solo + Orchestra

Conductor & Soloist: Aleksey Igudesman

Orchestra: String orchestra, harpsichord, percussion


Inspired by Vivaldi, Aleksey Igudesman embarks on a brilliant and mouthwatering journey, offering his take on the portrayal of his very own four seasons. Structured similarly to its predecessor, the composition comprises three movements for each season. However, Igudesman adds his unique touch, infusing each movement with a distinctive “reason“ - some for the sheer enjoyment and others for their delightful flavors. Within each movement Igudesman additionally incorporates two musical „seasonings,“ ranging from the familiar salt and paprika to unexpected zesty lemon grass, creating a musical culinary adventure. 


With a playful and humorous approach, Igudesman‘s composition seamlessly combines fragments of Vivaldi‘s music with Tango rhythms, accentuating the virtuosic yet melodious solo violin parts. The result is a delectably original experience that musically blends tradition and innovation.


But, there's more to this composition than meets the ear. Igudesman infused a philosophical layer into his work - the "reasons." One might very well detect a hint of Taoism in their essence. At the heart of this composition lies a question that has perplexed humanity for ages: Why do we do what we do? 

For Igudesman, his own, readily adaptable reason is creativity. The theme of creativity threads its way through all our lives, and, without delving too deeply into the philosophical intricacies, all the "reasons" presented in “The Other Seasons” are, at their core, creative rather than purely rational. 


Ultimately, the primary "reason" for these musical pieces is simple: fun. It's the enjoyment of life, the delight in love, and even the ability to find joy in challenging times. It's the fun that springs from the inexhaustible well of creativity that resides within each of us. So, with that in mind, Igudesman invites you to savor “The Other Seasons” and make of them what you will. After all, in the grand symphony of life, fun is the note that makes it all worthwhile.

The Other Seasons

The Other Seasons

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