About the program
Midori Seiler is an internationally-celebrated performer of early music, both as a soloist and as an orchestra leader. The BFO’s audiences will have two chances to meet her this season. The programme of her first concert consists of compositions by five late Italian baroque masters.
The virtuoso violinist, singer and composer, Tomaso Albinoni of Venice, did not compose professionally; his family’s financial background allowed him to live for many years without having to seek paid work. The only well-known piece of his significant oeuvre is the eternal baroque hit, the Adagio in G minor. The BFO will be performing the first piece from his Op. 2 collection, which he dedicated to the Duke of Mantua.
Baldassare Galuppi, who predominantly composed operas, had a professional connection to Vivaldi. His works display a mixture of the late baroque and classical styles.
The least known composer of the night is the Padua-born Giovanni Benedetto Platti. We will be performing the first piece from his concerto grosso series, which was adapted from Corelli’s violin sonatas.
Antonio Vivaldi was also born in Venice, and worked for decades as the music director of a girl’s orphanage while he won Europe-wide renown with his operas, his vocal and his instrumental works. He was largely forgotten after his death, and only rediscovered during the 20th century. He is the most frequently played baroque composer after Bach and Händel.
Alessandro Scarlatti was one of the greats of Italian baroque music, composing 40 oratorios, 115 operas and about 700 cantatas, in addition to many sacred and orchestral works. He composed the cantata performed in this concert in 1716.
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Tomaso Albinoni: Sonata in G major, Op. 2, No. 1
Baldassare Galuppi: Concerto grosso in C minor
Giovanni Benedetto Platti: Concerto grosso in D Major, D-WD 538 (after Op. 5 No. 1 of A. Corelli)
Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E minor, RV 278
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, RV 531
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings in A major, RV 158
Alessandro Scarlatti: “Ombre tacite e sole” – cantata for alto voice