About the Event
Crown your stay in Venice with a soul‐stirring concert in the magnificent Chiesa della Pietà, popularly known as Vivaldi Church. Listen to Vivaldi´s timeless masterpiece 'The Four Seasons' played by one of Italy's most famous ensembles.
Feel the passion in the music of Antonio Vivaldi exactly where he composed it. Le Quattro Stagioni and the most beautiful works of the European baroque repertoire, performed by the ensemble I Virtuosi Italiani. Enjoy this magnificent and energetic music in the place that inspired Antonio Vivaldi. It was in this church that Vivaldi composed Le Quattro Stagioni and his immortal music. Discover a precious jewel of a lesser‐known Venice, just around the corner from St Mark's Square.
The Chiesa della Pietà is a jewel of Venetian architecture and offers the ideal setting for the enchanting soundscapes that bring I Virtuosi Italiani to life: travel through the year with Vivaldi's most famous work and experience the essence of Venetian culture at its place of origin in this memorable concert.
Category Prestige: You will sit directly in front of the orchestra. These seats are very special and have a very emotional experience for you, in the middle of the music, in the middle of the orchestra.
- Antonio Vivaldi – Sinfonia In Sol Magg. Rv 149
- Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto in Re Minore per Due Violini, Violoncello, Archi E Basso Continuo da L'estro Armonico Op. III
- Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
| I Virtuosi Italiani
The ensemble I Virtuosi Italiani came together in 1989 and is one of the most active and qualified formations in the international artistic panorama. They have performed in the most important theatres and main Italian and foreign music associations, collaborating with the most famous soloists and conductors from all over the world. Their recording activity is also notable with more than 100 CDs produced for the major record companies with more than 400,000 records sold throughout the world, obtaining prestigious awards from the most important European magazines. Versatility distinguishes the philosophy of the group, together with the interest they have always shown for borderline repertoire, a meaningful itinerary the Virtuosi Italiani have followed to the highest levels, collaborating with artists of the calibre of G.Allevi, F. Battiato, G.Bregovic, U.Craine, C.Corea, L.Einaujdi, P. Fresu, M.Nyuman and C.Picco.
Santa Maria della Pietà
The church of Santa Maria della Pietà, sometimes called 'della Visitazione', is a well-known church in Venice, Italy. At the time of building, between 1745 andl 1760, it sat adjacent to a hospital-orphanage called the 'Ospedale della Pietá', key to the the church's association with Vivaldi. Designed by Giorgio Massari, the building was not completed to his original plan, although this did not diminish its finished splendor. Above the entrance sits a large bas-relief created by Marsili in 1800, representing the virtue of Charity. The frescoed ceilings and presbytery were contributed by Tiepolo, depicting Peace, Strength and the Triumph of Faith, angelic musicians and theological virtues. Works by other great artists proliferate, including 'Jesus in Simon’s house' (1544) by Alessandro Bonvicino and paintings by Piazzetta, Giuseppe Angeli, Maggiotto, and Angelo Marinetti.
Antonio Vivaldi went down in history as a creator of the instrumental concert genre and the father of orchestral music. He was born in Venice on the 4th of March 1678. Vivaldi was a weak and sickly child suffering from asthma, however could not stop him from devoting himself completely to music. His father, Giovanni Batista a professional violinist, taught his elder son Antonio to play the violin. With his father young Antonio met the best musicians of Venice of that time and gave concerts in local churches. He also worked as a violin teacher and later as a music director at the orphanage Ospedalle della Pieta. Meanwhile he composed concertos, sacred works and vocal music and in 1713 he achieved great recognition with his sacred choral music. Vivaldi got captivated by the world of opera and worked both as opera composer and impresario at the Teatro San Angelo. In 1717 he obtained a prestigious position by the prince court in Manua as a director of secular music and worked there until around 1720. During that time he composed his world-renowned masterpiece The Four Seasons. In the 1730's his career dwindled as his music became unfashionable and the great composer died in poverty. It took the world two centuries to rediscover and reevaluate Vivaldi’s music, as it was buried into oblivion after his death. In the early 20th century many previously unknown works were found and immediately captured the hearts of the music lovers.