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And now for our regular Arts & Culture segment with Lee Tae Ho. Today, Tae Ho brings us a
preview of a classical music concert by a world-renowned 12-member chamber orchestra.
Good afternoon, Tae Ho.
Good afternoon, Yeon-ji.
So, this orchestra that will be in town is famous for its rendition of Baroque classics,
That's right, Yeon-ji, and they are especially known for their performances of composer Antonio
Vivaldi's masterpieces, including "The Four Seasons," and they were the first orchestra
to record the work.
The interpretation of winter by the legendary composer Antonio Vivaldi can be heard in "Winter"
-- which is one of four violin concertos that are part of "The Four Seasons."
And that is a work that the 12-member chamber orchestra I Musici is most famous for.
And their first performance of the new year will be held right here in Korea.
Aside from their rendition of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," they are also known for their
interpretations of Baroque music as well as more contemporary works of music.
"Changing of personality, you have to try to completely be in the mind, the heart and
the soul of the composer."
Having been the first orchestra to record Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" in 1955, I Musici's
rendition of the album is one of the best-selling classical albums of all time, with over 25
million copies sold.
"It's wonderful music written for violin, it is very strongly connected with the past...
the history of the group, of course, because they were the first to play the piece all
over the world."
It's an orchestra that has settled for nothing but perfection during their 62 years in existence.
They were in concert for the first time here in Korea in 1987, and have since continued
to perform over the years, around the world and here in the country.
"When I Musici performs here in Korea, at times they perform in traditional Korean outifts
as well as performing their own renditions of the classic Korean song 'Arirang.' They
have continued success because they please Korean audiences."
I Musici will be performing in concert halls all across Korea, and will be wrapping up
their tour right here in Seoul with a two-night performance on the 24th and 25th of January
at the Seoul Arts Center in Southern Seoul.