Vivaldi and Contemporaries
St George's, Bristol
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
Corelli - Concerto Grosso in C minor Op 6 No 3
Manfredini - Concerto Grosso in G Op 3 No 7
Geminiani - Concerto in G minor Op 3 No 2
Vivaldi - Concerto for Lute in D
Not all orchestras are the same … and not all orchestras can match the exuberant and electrifying performance style of the OAE. Their visits are always highlights of our season and this concert, bookended by Vivaldi, is no exception.
They may be familiar, but Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are miracles of invention, wit and excitement and with Rachel Podger, ‘Britain’s finest period violinist’ (BBC Music Magazine), leading from front of stage, the music is sure to leap frog the centuries and sound utterly thrilling.
A host of Vivaldi’s contemporaries, all Italian Baroque violinist-composers, step into the spotlight with their own colourful concerti before Vivaldi returns – this time with a celebration of the softly spoken but ever fleet-of-string lute that ends breathlessly with a tarantella like finale.