Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Dresden Sonatas

Whenever I stop to think about it I’m always amazed that despite the fact that he was so influential particularly regarding the concerto form’s development that contemporary string musicians paid so little heed to him. There’s no  "school of Vivaldi" consisting of violinists or players of other stringed instruments. The only exception to this rule…

Feature: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Stabat mater RV621 — Soloist: Francisco Javier Rodríguez Braojos, Escolanía del Escorial

Vivaldi’s setting of Stabat Mater for Alto and strings is one of his earliest religious works and may even be the earliest.It commissioned by Santa Maria della Pace in Brescia in 1711 for their patronal festival and received its first performance on March 18th 1712 during the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed…

Sunday Concert: Gala Concert 450 Years Sächsische Staatskapelle (1998)

My cup runneth over just look at the programme for this wonderful concert: Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto per l’orchestra di Dresda (G. Sinopoli & Sächsische Staatskapelle) Carl Maria von Weber – Jubel Ouverture, Op. 59 (Giuseppe Sinopoli & Sächsische Staatskapelle) Richard Wagner – Ouverture to Rienzi (Giuseppe Sinopoli & Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden) Richard Strauss –…

Vivaldi – Lauda Jerusalem – Alessandrini

I wrote about this setting of Psalm 147 as part of my series of postings dealing with Vivaldi’s religious music. Here’s my description from that posting: This single-movement sett­ing of the Lauda, Jerusalem (RV609) dates from some­time dur­ing the 1720s. Vival­di set it for two choirs each of which had a sop­rano sol­o­ist, four parts,…

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Nisi Dominus RV803

This recently rediscovered work was described by Michael Talbot in his notes to it as Vivaldi’s ‘swan song’ for the Pietà. It’s glorious and as Talbot’s description of it certainly can’t be bettered by me I reproduce it below. So without further ado enjoy :-). mfi

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Laudate pueri RV600

Vespers was a very important service which accounts for the many settings of the Psalms which were such an important component in its structure.  This particular setting by Vivaldi of Psalm 112  Laudate Pueri is a fairly early work. it’s in C minor and is a surprisingly dark-toned piece. It’s a lovely multi-movement work for…

Sunday Concert: "Viva Vivaldi!" – Cecilia Bartoli & "Il Giardino Armonico – YouTube

Viva Vivaldi! with Cecilia Bartoli Cecilia Bartoli’s all-Vivaldi sell-out concert performances with the Italian period instrument ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, brought together the talents of today’s most celebrated mezzo-soprano and an outstandingly creative group of musicians. Included are arias from Vivaldi’s operas and pasticcios L’Olimpiade, Tito Manlio, Ottone in Villa,…