La Serenissima concert: ‘Settecento’

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Thursday 6 June

7:45pm, Trinity College Chapel

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College members and their guests are invited to a special concert by the period ensemble La Serenissima: Settecento – baroque instrumental music from the Italian states, with recorder soloist Tabea Debus and members of La Serenissima.

The rise in popularity of Italian baroque music has been remarkable, yet knowledge of the repertoire still only extends to the bigger players such as Vivaldi, Corelli, Tartini and Albinoni.

This programme explores the hidden depths of some of these more esoteric composers: Vandini was a great friend and colleague of Tartini and was also (for a period) employed alongside Vivaldi at the Ospedale della Pietà; Brescianello was a talented composer who was influenced by (and possibly studied with) Vivaldi whose career took him to the court of Munich before becoming Maestro di Capella of the Württemburg court in Stuttgart; Dall’Abaco was also employed at the Munich court where he befriended Brescianello.

In addition to this fine music for strings, three pieces of the greatest virtuosity for recorder and strings are included. Vivaldi wrote a considerable amount for the instrument whilst both Scarlatti and Mancini contributed to a Neapolitan manuscript of 34 concertos for recorder and strings.

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La Serenissima rehearsing at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Photograph by Stephen Page, fatkoala images