From his mid-twenties, Antonio Vivaldi was employed as a violin teacher at the Ospedale della Pietá in Venice. Although officially an orphanage, the Ospedale was in reality a home for illegitimate daughters of Venetian noblemen, and was a generously endowed school and residence with one of the finest orchestras in the city. The ‘Red Priest’ wrote several concertos for his preferred student there (La Favorita), and these display wonderfully florid invention and virtuosic pyrotechnics. This is a rare opportunity to experience first hand the music that emerged from one of the most productive – and intriguing – relationships in Venetian music.
Vivaldi Violin Concertos for la Pietá
Violin Concerto in B minor, RV387 Violin Concerto in E Major “Il Riposo”, RV270a
Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV156
Violin Concerto in B flat Major “Il Corneto da Posta”, RV363
Violin Concerto in D Major, RV772 Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo in D minor, RV128
Violin Concerto in F Major, RV283