Yes’ Rick Wakeman Explores Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and Why It Was the First Concept Album

In this 2015 pro­duc­tion, Yes key­boardist Rick Wake­man revis­its Anto­nio Vivaldi’s The Four Sea­sons, and makes the case for why “it was so far ahead of its time that it was actu­al­ly the first ever con­cept album, mak­ing Vival­di the world’s first rock super­star.”

“Uncov­er­ing the dark rumours sur­round­ing the church­es, orphan­ages and canals of Venice, Rick Wake­man sets out to inves­ti­gate the extra­or­di­nary life of Anto­nio Vival­di. From 18th cen­tu­ry scan­dals to inter­views with fel­low musi­cian Mike Ruther­ford, uncov­er the mys­tery behind one of the world’s favourite com­posers.” Rick Wake­man: Vivaldi’s Four Sea­sons appears on the “Rick Wake­man’s World” YouTube chan­nel.

If you would like to sign up for Open Culture’s free email newslet­ter, please find it here. Or fol­low our posts on Threads, Face­book, BlueSky or Mastodon. If you would like to sup­port the mis­sion of Open Cul­ture, con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your con­tri­bu­tions will help us con­tin­ue pro­vid­ing the best free cul­tur­al and edu­ca­tion­al mate­ri­als to learn­ers every­where. You can con­tribute through Pay­Pal, Patre­on, and Ven­mo (@openculture). Thanks!

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Authen­tic Vivaldi’s The Four Sea­sons: Watch a Per­for­mance Based on Orig­i­nal Man­u­scripts & Played with 18th-Cen­tu­ry Instru­ments

Rick Wake­man Tells the Sto­ry of the Mel­lotron, the Odd­ball Pro­to-Syn­the­siz­er Pio­neered by the Bea­t­les

Rick Wakeman’s Prog-Rock Opera Adap­ta­tion of George Orwell’s 1984

14-Year-Old Girl’s Blis­ter­ing Heavy Met­al Per­for­mance of Vival­di

Vivaldi’s Four Sea­sons Brought to Life in Sand Ani­ma­tions by the Hun­gar­i­an Artist Fer­enc Cakó

Hear Rick Wakeman’s Musi­cal Adap­ta­tion of Jules Verne’s Jour­ney to the Cen­tre of the Earth, “One of Prog Rock’s Crown­ing Achieve­ments”


by | Permalink | Comments (1) |

Sup­port Open Cul­ture

We’re hop­ing to rely on our loy­al read­ers rather than errat­ic ads. To sup­port Open Cul­ture’s edu­ca­tion­al mis­sion, please con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion. We accept Pay­Pal, Ven­mo (@openculture), Patre­on and Cryp­to! Please find all options here. We thank you!

Leave a Reply

Open Culture was founded by Dan Colman.