About the Event
Experience Vivaldi's masterpiece in an arrangement for piano quintet in Borromini's Sacristy of the St. Agnes in Agone Church, a Baroque jewel at Piazza Navona.
Entrance at via di santa Maria dell'Anima 30 a.
We recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the concert.
- Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Sant’Agnese in Agone
Sant'Agnese in Agone is an Italian Baroque church built during the 17th-century in Rome. It faces onto the Piazza Navona, one of the most important squares in the Italian capital's histroical centre, and the location of the former Stadium of Domitian, in which the early christian Saint Agnes was martyred. The crypt, or sacellum infimum, is the only remnant of the ancient church that marked the precise spot where the Saint met her grisly end. Piazza Navona also hosts other great works of art such as Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers, situated in front of Sant'Agnese in Agone. There are many urban legends that refer to the sculpted figure of the 'Nile' by Bernini and the facade of the church, designed by his rival, Borromini. It is said that Bernini depicted 'Father Nile' covering his eyes in fear that the church in front of him would disintegrate. The story persists because of the bitter rivalry known to have existed between the two artists, despite the fact that the Bernini's fountain was built some years before the church was constructed.
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.
4.5 of 5
ANDREA G, Italia
Direi ottima performance, se non fosse del quintetto di archi annunciato ed invece avevamo solo tre archi e piano. Primo tempo prima stagione un pó freddini ma poi risolto egregiamente con il bis finale. Non rilascio il 5 pieno solo per la viola mancante. Buona giornata.
daniela s, Italia
Ho passato un pomeriggio piacevole, i musicisti sono bravissimi, il posto è bellissimo e crea un atmosfera magica, a me il concerto è piaciuto molto lo consiglio.
Jeannette Paula S, Schweiz
Eine hochstehendes und berührendes Konzert in einer wunderschönen Kirche. Ein Highlight!
Patricia L, USA
Pedro R, Colombia
Mher A, USA
Exellent, thank you,
Luca P, Italia
Ottimo evento, non metto 5 stelle solo perchè le 5 stelle si danno alle superstar della musica classica. Però il quintetto è molto preparato, originale e riuscita l'idea di arrangiare le 4 stagioni per archi e piano, e eccellente, questa da 5 stelle, la scelta di una piccola cappelletta nella Chiesa, perchè crea un'atmosfera raccolta e soprattutto permette di gustare bene i suoni delle bellissime musiche di Vivaldi, ottimamente suonate dal quintetto
Hojin K, South Korea
It was so wonderful experience. Starting time, administration, and FANTASTIC performance! Everything was perfect.
Jan B, USA
I love the performance, the program and the venue. Couldn’t be happier.
Wendy G, Australia
Stunning surroundings and the standard of the performance was excellent. A wonderful way to finish our holiday in Rome.
Charles V, USA
This concert was one of the highlights of our trip to Rome. It only lasts for one hour so it’s easy to make dinner plans afterwards. Wonderful sound and acoustics in the church!
Donna W, USA
Excellent performance. Beautiful venue.