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I Virtuosi Italiani: Vivaldi, il Veneto, l'Europa, la musica di Vivaldi a Venezia

Venice, Santa Maria della Pietà — Main Hall

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About the Event

I Virtuosi Italiani present great masterpieces of the Italian and European baroque, always with Vivaldi and his works as a point of reference.

For an extraordinary evening of Baroque classics, visit the impressive Santa Maria della Pietà, popularly known as Vivaldi Church, in Venice, the Baroque epicentre.

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.

Program

  • Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto no 6 in la minore RV 356 per violino, archi e basso continuo
  • Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto no 3 in sol maggiore RV 310 per violino, archi e basso continuo
  • Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto no 8 in la minore RV 522 per due violini, archi e basso continuo _DOT_
  • Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto no 12 in MI maggiore RV 265 per violino, archi e basso continuo
  • Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto no 9 in re maggiore RV 230 per violino, archi e basso continuo
  • Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto no 10 in si minore RV 580 per quattro violini, violoncello, archi e basso continuo
Program is subject to change

Artists

Orchestra: 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.

Conductor: Alberto Martini

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

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.

Address

Santa Maria della Pietà, Riva degli Schiavoni 4150, Venice, Italy — Google Maps

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