Vivaldi was ordained a priest, but he eschewed the altar for the opera stage and set up home with his favourite soprano and her sister. Presented by Donald Macleod.
Vivaldi: Gloria RV589 (opening)
John Alldis Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Vittorio Negri
Vivaldi: La fida ninfa (trio from Act 1)
Sandrine Piau (soprano, Licori), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto, Elpina), Topi Lehtipuu (tenor, Narete), Ensemble Matheus, directed by Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Vivaldi: Orlando furioso: Act II Scene 11: Cosi potessi anch'io
Jennifer Larmore (mezzo, Alcina), Ensemble Matheus, directed by Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor RV445
Michala Petri (sopranino recorder), I Solisti Veneti, directed by Claudio Scimone
Vivaldi: Laudate pueri, Dominum RV601.
Catherine Bott (soprano), Stephen Preston (flute), The Purcell Quartet.