About the Event
Journey back to the 18th century with the “Opera in Roma” Baroque Orchestra at this concert of Baroque music.
The 'Opera in Roma' Baroque Orchestra and internationally renowned soloists create a special atmosphere in the church of St. Paul within the walls. Especially the choice of works gives the impression of an authentic concert of the baroque era!
On the program of the concerts, after the masterpieces of Bach, there is the famous concerto for solo violin 'The Four Seasons' by Antonio Vivaldi, full of musical onomatopoeias that will take you through the seasons. Dream your way through a year of blooming meadows, relentless summer sun, bountiful harvests and slippery ice.
Enjoy the 'Opera in Roma' Baroque Orchestra!
Johann Sebastian Bach's Organ Masterpieces Approx. duration 10 — 15 minutes
One piece selected from the following repertoire:
Toccata, Adagio et Fuga in C Major BWV 564
Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Prelude and Fugue in D Major BWV 532
Prelude and Fugue in Eb Major BWV 552
Fantasia and Fugue in g minor BWV 542
Prelude and Fugue in b minor BWV 544
Passacaglia et Thema fugatum BWV 582
Johann Sebastian Bach Approx. duration 15 minutes
Aria — Gavotta I and II — Giga from Orchestral Suite 3 in D Major BWV 1068.
Antonio Vivaldi Approx duration 45 minutes
The Four Seasons:
Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, 'Spring' (La primavera)
Largo e pianissimo sempre
Allegro pastorale (in E major)
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, 'Summer' (L'estate)
Allegro non molto
Adagio e piano – Presto e forte
Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, 'Autumn' (L'autunno)
Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, 'Winter' (L'inverno)
Allegro non molto
For reduced categories, it is mandatory to show a valid ID document at the box office.
Cast / Production
Trumpet: Flavio D’ Antonio
Violin Soloist: Francesco Malatesta/ Soichi Ichigawa
1st Violin: Roberta Palmigiani/Fausta Sparasci
2nd Violin: Valentina Macioti/Francesco Malatesta
Cello: Enrico Peluso/Flavio Malatesta
Viola: Orazio Vicari/Alessandra Monacelli
Cymbal & Organ: Stefano Vasselli
Chiesa di S. Paolo entro le Mura
The 'Church of St. Paul within the Walls' was the first non-Catholic church built in Rome after Italy's unification. The church was built between 1873 and 1880 as an Anglican Basilica in the district of Castro Pretorio, Via Nazionale, Rome. Constructed in the Gothic Revival style, the distinctive external facade is characterised by alternating red and limestone bricks. Four spectacular mosaics by the English pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne-Jones, in collaboration with William Morris, are the crowning glory of the church's interior. The eagle-eyed will spot several famous nineteenth-century figures among those representing the fathers of the church in the elaborate mosaics, among them the artist himself, notable donors and their families, and Abraham Lincoln, Giuseppe Garibaldi and General Grant among the 'Christian Warriors'. Many delightful classical events are hosted in this location, including performances of popular operas like La Traviata.
Johann Sebastian Bach
The name Bach and the word musician had long been synonyms in Germany as the world saw 56 musicians from this kin. But it was Johann Sebastian Bach, a genius composer and virtuoso organ player, who shed lustre on his family name. He was born on th 31st of March 1685 in Eisenach, a small town in Thuringia. At the age of 10 he became an orphan and was brought up by his elder brother Johann Christoph, who was an organist in a neighbouring town. His brother was the one to teach music to the young Johann Sebastian. Later he moved to Luneburg where he attended a church school and mastered the techniques of playing violin, viola, piano and organ by the age of 17. Besides that, Bach was a choir singer and later after his voice broke he became a chanter’s assistant. In 1703 Bach was hired as a court musician in the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst III. He earned such a good reputation there that he was later invited to Arnstadt to be an organist at the New Church, where he wrote his best organ works. In 1723 he moved to Leipzig to be a chantor at St. Thomas Church where he stayed until his death of a stroke in 1750. In the year of his death he had undergone unsuccessful eye surgery which lead him to lose his eyesight. During that strenuous time his second wife Anna Magdalena helped him to write his last musical pieces. Bach’s artistic legacy is vast. He created compositions in all genres of the time: oratorias, cantatas, masses, motets, music for organ, piano and violin.
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.
4.0 of 5
Excelent performance ???
Lucile A, Suisse
Dominique C, Belgique
Tres belle soirée
Cristian C, Italia
Esperienza sublime, ho rivissuto i capolavori di bach al meglio, estasiato dalla bravura lirica di lady mariangela. Vivaldi rappresentato al meglio, la mia signora si è commossa non riuscendo a mantenere l'emozione. In fine, le pennette all'arrabbiata hanno rappresentato al meglio la tradizione romana, esaltando il nostro palato. Grazie per l'esperienza.
Heiko R, Italien
Die Abwicklung hat reibungslos funktioniert. Ich kann Classictic nur empfehlen. Danke.