About the Event
Treat yourself to a concert in the glorious atmosphere of Saint‐Germain des Prés Church. Vivaldi's stirring musical illustration of the changing of the seasons is on this inspiring program in the heart of Paris.
Hear the twitter of birds, flash of lightening, and chill of winter's frost, all reproduced by classical instruments in Vivaldi's most famous composition, 'The Four Seasons'. Moving settings of the Ave Maria by Caccini and Schubert will also be performed.
- Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
- Giulio Caccini – Ave Maria by Caccini
- Franz Schubert – Ave Maria by Schubert
- Johann Strauss – Waltzes and Polkas
|Orchestra:||Orchestre Classik Ensemble|
|Violin:|| David Braccini |
Member of the Orchestre de Paris since 2008, violinist David Braccini is an active soloist and chamber musician. Since 2009, he has been Music Director and violin soloist of the Classik Ensemble.
The oldest Romanesque church in Paris,Saint-Germain-des-Prés was founded in the 6th century as an abbey. The church underwent periodic reconstructions, made necessary by 9th century Norman raids, and Revolutionary era fires, until the 19th century. However, the Romanesque lines of the early interior are still recognizable beneath the paint of 19th-century frescoes. The name of the church was also given to its quarter (Saint-Germain-des-Prés Quarter), a vibrant area in Paris’ 6th district, traditionally popular among writers and intellectuals, and the home of Sartre and de Beauvoir's existentialist movement.
During his rather short life, Franz Schubert, one of the fathers of romanticism in music, had always been an unappreciated genius who had never received public acclaim. Only his family and friends were delighted by his music, and most of his works were discovered and published only many years after his death. Franz Schubert was born on the 31th of March 1797 in the suburbs of Vienna. His father and eldest brother were amateur musicians and they taught him to play piano and violin. At the age of 11 Schubert was a singer in a choir at the Lichtenthal parish and later auditioned for Antonio Salieri and admitted to the emperor’s choir. During that period young Franz started composing his own works. However, after his voice broke he had to leave the choir and in 1814 he started working as a teacher in the same parish school as his father. He never stopped composing and 4 years later he decided to quit teaching and devote his life completely to music. He fell out with his father because of that and struggled to make ends meet. In 1818 Schubert went to Vienna, where he met Vogl. Together they gave private concerts in small aristocratic circles, mainly playing Lieder, which Schubert wrote around 600. Franz Schubert gave only one big public concert in his whole life in March 1828, which was very warmly received by the audience. However, his health was deteriorating and in November the same year he died of thyroid fever at the age of 31.
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.
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni was an Italian Baroque composer of the early 18th century. He is well known as one of the greatest composers of instrumental music, especially known for his concertos. "Adagio in G minor" was supposedly written by him. His fascinating instrumental music attracted attention from different figures of the Classical scene, such as Johann Sebastian Bach who wrote at least two fugues on Albinoni's themes.
4.0 of 5
Sofia R, Chile
love it a must see in Paris
Un moment exceptionnel grâce à des virtuoses
Lovely. Beautiful music.my only complaint was you could not hear the lead violinist when he spoke