Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

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01Portraits of a Man, Pictures of a City20190722

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. Vivaldi is also intrinsically linked with the city of his birth - Venice.
In Monday’s programme, Donald explores this association through a series of images of the composer and La Serenissima.

Macleod explores Vivaldi\u2019s association with the city of his birth - Venice.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02The Reluctant Priest20190723

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. As an ordained priest who didn’t say Mass, there have been many questions asked about Vivaldi’s piety. In Tuesday’s programme, Donald Macleod examines the depth of Vivaldi’s faith.

Laetatus sum (psalm 121), RV 607
Concerto Italiano
Rinaldo Alessandrini (conductor)

Concerto in G minor, Op. 3 No. 2, RV 578
Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Tafelmusik Baroque Ensemble
Jeanne Lamon (conductor)

Stabat Mater dolorosa, RV 621
Daniel Taylor (countertenor & director)
Theatre of Early Music

Gloria, RV 589
Le Concert Spiritual
Herve Niquet (conductor)

Griselda, RV 718 - Sinfonia
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (director)

Il Teuzzone RV 736 – In sen della virtude
Les Concert des Nations
Jordi Savall (director)

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod examines the depth of Vivaldi\u2019s faith.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03Vivaldi\u2019s Muses20190724

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. In Wednesday’s programme, Donald Macleod explores the muses who inspired Vivaldi throughout his life and the composer’s relationship with these women - the music written for a virtuoso violinist at the Ospedale della Pieta, and his later relationship with two half-sisters, Anna Giro and Paolina Tessieri, and the accusations levelled against him when they both supposedly moved into his house.

Dorilla In Tempe, RV 709 - Dell'aura al sussurar
Elin Manahan-Thomas (soprano)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Harry Christophers (conductor)

Concerto for Viola d’Amore in A minor, RV397
Salzburg Bell’Arte

Orlando furioso, RV 728 - Sol da te, mio dolce amore
Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Marc Goujon (flute)
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor)

Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV630
Simon Kermes (Soprano)
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon (harpsichord)

Atenaide, RV 702 - Infausta reggia addio
Sandrine Piau (Eudossa)
Modo Antiquo
Federico Maria Sardelli (conductor)

Il Farnace, RV711 - Sinfonia
Le Concert Des Nations
Jordi Savall (director)

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod explores the muses who inspired Vivaldi throughout his life

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04A Fall from Dizzy Heights20190725

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. In Thursday’s programme. Donald Macleod explores the peak of Vivaldi’s fame when he completed commissions for the great and the good and was knighted by an emperor, and his rapid fall from grace to poverty and anonymity.

Concerto per S.A.S.I.S.P.G.M.D.G.S.M.B., RV 574 - III. Allegro
Adrian Chandler (violin/director)
La Serenissima

Violin Concerto in E major “la primavera”, RV 269
Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

La Senna Festeggiante, RV693 – Sinfonia
The Kings Consort
Robert King (conductor)

La Senna Festeggiante, RV693 - ‘Pieta dolcezza fanno il suo volto’
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Hilary Summers (alto )
Andrew Foster-Williams (bass)
The Kings Consort
Robert King (conductor)

Violin Concerto No. 12 in B Minor “La Cetra”, RV 391
Rachel Podger (violin)
Holland Baroque Society

Argippo, RV697 – Se lento ancora il fulmine
Cecilia Bartoli (Soprano)
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (director)

Il Bajazet, RV 703 - Sinfonia
L’Arte Dell”Arco
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod explores the highs and lows of Vivaldi\u2019s fame.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05An Ignominious End and Rediscovery20190726

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. In Friday’s programme, Donald Macleod explores Vivaldi's death and the rediscovery of the composer's life and music after a long period in the musical wilderness.

Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Amen
Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor)
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (violin & director)

Salve Regina, RV 616
Michael Chance (countertenor)
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Four Keyboards in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV1065
Colin Tilney (harpsichord), Christopher Hogwood (harpsichord), Christophe Rousset (harpsichord), Davitt Moroney (harpsichord)
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (director)

L’Olimpiade, RV725 - Mentre dormi amor fomenti
Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor)
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (violin & director)

Violin Concerto in G Minor “L'estate", RV 315 " - I. Allegro non molto
Bernardino Molinari (violin)
Orchestra Stabile dell’Academia de S. Cecilia

Violin Concerto in G Minor “L'estate", RV 315 " - II. Adagio - Presto
Alan Loveday (violin)
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Neville Marriner (director)

Violin Concerto in G Minor “L'estate", RV 315 " - III. Presto
Nigel Kennedy (violin)
English Chamber Orchestra

Dixit Dominus, RV 594 - Allegro
Gemma Bertagnolli (soprano), Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), Sara Mingardo (alto), Matteo Bellotto (baritone), Gianluca Ferrarini (tenor)
Concerto Italiano
Rinaldo Alessandrini (director)

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod explores the rediscovery of the Vivaldi's life and music after his death.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201901Portraits Of A Man, Pictures Of A City20190722

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. Vivaldi is also intrinsically linked with the city of his birth - Venice.
In Monday’s programme, Donald explores this association through a series of images of the composer and La Serenissima.

Macleod explores Vivaldi's association with the city of his birth - Venice.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201902The Reluctant Priest20190723

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. As an ordained priest who didn’t say Mass, there have been many questions asked about Vivaldi’s piety. In Tuesday’s programme, Donald Macleod examines the depth of Vivaldi’s faith.

Laetatus sum (psalm 121), RV 607
Concerto Italiano
Rinaldo Alessandrini (conductor)

Concerto in G minor, Op. 3 No. 2, RV 578
Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Tafelmusik Baroque Ensemble
Jeanne Lamon (conductor)

Stabat Mater dolorosa, RV 621
Daniel Taylor (countertenor & director)
Theatre of Early Music

Gloria, RV 589
Le Concert Spiritual
Herve Niquet (conductor)

Griselda, RV 718 - Sinfonia
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (director)

Il Teuzzone RV 736 – In sen della virtude
Les Concert des Nations
Jordi Savall (director)

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod examines the depth of Vivaldi's faith.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201903Vivaldi's Muses20190724

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. In Wednesday’s programme, Donald Macleod explores the muses who inspired Vivaldi throughout his life and the composer’s relationship with these women - the music written for a virtuoso violinist at the Ospedale della Pieta, and his later relationship with two half-sisters, Anna Giro and Paolina Tessieri, and the accusations levelled against him when they both supposedly moved into his house.

Dorilla In Tempe, RV 709 - Dell'aura al sussurar
Elin Manahan-Thomas (soprano)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Harry Christophers (conductor)

Concerto for Viola d’Amore in A minor, RV397
Salzburg Bell’Arte

Orlando furioso, RV 728 - Sol da te, mio dolce amore
Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Marc Goujon (flute)
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor)

Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV630
Simon Kermes (Soprano)
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon (harpsichord)

Atenaide, RV 702 - Infausta reggia addio
Sandrine Piau (Eudossa)
Modo Antiquo
Federico Maria Sardelli (conductor)

Il Farnace, RV711 - Sinfonia
Le Concert Des Nations
Jordi Savall (director)

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201904A Fall From Dizzy Heights20190725

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. In Thursday’s programme. Donald Macleod explores the peak of Vivaldi’s fame when he completed commissions for the great and the good and was knighted by an emperor, and his rapid fall from grace to poverty and anonymity.

Concerto per S.A.S.I.S.P.G.M.D.G.S.M.B., RV 574 - III. Allegro
Adrian Chandler (violin/director)
La Serenissima

Violin Concerto in E major “la primavera”, RV 269
Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

La Senna Festeggiante, RV693 – Sinfonia
The Kings Consort
Robert King (conductor)

La Senna Festeggiante, RV693 - ‘Pieta dolcezza fanno il suo volto’
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Hilary Summers (alto )
Andrew Foster-Williams (bass)
The Kings Consort
Robert King (conductor)

Violin Concerto No. 12 in B Minor “La Cetra”, RV 391
Rachel Podger (violin)
Holland Baroque Society

Argippo, RV697 – Se lento ancora il fulmine
Cecilia Bartoli (Soprano)
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (director)

Il Bajazet, RV 703 - Sinfonia
L’Arte Dell”Arco
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod explores the highs and lows of Vivaldi's fame.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201905An Ignominious End And Rediscovery20190726

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. In Friday’s programme, Donald Macleod explores Vivaldi's death and the rediscovery of the composer's life and music after a long period in the musical wilderness.

Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Amen
Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor)
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (violin & director)

Salve Regina, RV 616
Michael Chance (countertenor)
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Four Keyboards in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV1065
Colin Tilney (harpsichord), Christopher Hogwood (harpsichord), Christophe Rousset (harpsichord), Davitt Moroney (harpsichord)
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (director)

L’Olimpiade, RV725 - Mentre dormi amor fomenti
Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor)
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (violin & director)

Violin Concerto in G Minor “L'estate", RV 315 " - I. Allegro non molto
Bernardino Molinari (violin)
Orchestra Stabile dell’Academia de S. Cecilia

Violin Concerto in G Minor “L'estate", RV 315 " - II. Adagio - Presto
Alan Loveday (violin)
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Neville Marriner (director)

Violin Concerto in G Minor “L'estate", RV 315 " - III. Presto
Nigel Kennedy (violin)
English Chamber Orchestra

Dixit Dominus, RV 594 - Allegro
Gemma Bertagnolli (soprano), Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), Sara Mingardo (alto), Matteo Bellotto (baritone), Gianluca Ferrarini (tenor)
Concerto Italiano
Rinaldo Alessandrini (director)

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod explores the rediscovery of the Vivaldi's life and music after his death.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.