Vivaldi / Albinoni / Marcello / Platti / Galuppi
Date of EventSunday, 20. 5. 2018 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 22.00
Event placeRudolfinum – Dvořák Hall
Price200 - 950 CZK Sold out
- Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in B flat minor RV 167
- Tomaso Albinoni: Sinfonia à 4 in F major
- Benedetto Marcello: Concerto grosso No. 2 in E minor Op. 1
- Giovanni Benedetto Platti: Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in A major
- Antonio Vivaldi: Sinfonia from Dorilla in Tempe RV 709
- Baldassare Galuppi: Concerto à 4 No. 1 in G minor
- Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in A major RV 519
- Accademia Bizantina
- Ottavio Dantone - artistic director
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“Under their artistic director and co-founder Ottavio Dantone, conducting from the keyboard, the Accademia gave a dazzling recital of early and later baroque music by composers connected with Venice, proving just why this ensemble has become such hot property.”
Accademia Bizantina is famed for its unique sound based on the noble traditions of Italian chamber music. Together with its artistic director, the famed harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone, the ensemble will take the listeners at the concert back to late Baroque period in Italy, the cradle of the instrumental concerto. Framing the evening’s programme will be works by Antonio Vivaldi, whose music is featured on several of this unique ensemble’s recordings.
The climax of the development of the solo and trio sonata in the seventeenth century came with the emergence of the instrumental concerto. Besides the solo concerto, the basic characteristic of which is the virtuosity of the solo parts, another popular form of the era was the concerto grosso, based on the sonic contrast between a group of soloists and the tutti (the other players of the ensemble).
One of the composers whose music brought the instrumental concerto to its zenith was undoubtedly Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). As we know from period accounts, his compositions were greatly in demand in the early eighteenth century, and large quantities of his music appeared in print in Amsterdam, Paris, and London. This made Vivaldi tremendously popular, but this was followed by a steep decline. When the composer left for Vienna in 1740, he was probably hoping for employment at the Viennese court, but this did not come to fruition. Vivaldi, an outstanding violinist who was said once to have earned 50,000 ducats, died in poverty on 27 July 1741.
His music on the programme is supplemented by the compositions of his predecessors and contemporaries, one of the best known of whom is undoubtedly Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751). The son of a wealthy Venetian merchant, he initially began devoting himself to music solely out of his own interest. As we know from the titles of his first opuses, he referred to himself as “a Venetian violinist and music lover”. Later, however, he through himself into music entirely, and in Europe he came to be celebrated not only as a violinist, but also as an opera composer. Even so, the best known portion of his legacy as a composer consists of his instrumental music. His concertos, full of vigorous themes and rapid passages, are charged with energy, and this was a source of great inspiration for Vivaldi as well
The ensemble Accademia Bizantina was founded in 1983 in Ravenna. Among the prominent figures who took part in its formation were Jorg Demus, Riccardo Muti, Luciano Berio, and Stefano Montanari, who collaborated with the orchestra for more than twenty years. The orchestra places its famously unique style of interpretation based on the tradition of Italian chamber music at the service of a broad range of repertoire ranging from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.
Ottavio Dantone studied organ and harpsichord performance. He earned international recognition with triumphs at major harpsichord competitions in Paris (1985) and Bruges (1986), making him the first Italian harpsichordist among the top players of that instrument. Since 1989 he has been working with the orchestra Accademia Bizantina. Under his leadership, the ensemble has become one of today’s most prominent Baroque ensembles. As a conductor, he has taken performed at several important music festivals (Glyndebourne Festival, London Proms) and opera houses (La Scala, Zurich Opera).