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Acceptance in Rome

Donald Macleod explores how Johann Georg Pisendel, a violinist who had studied with Vivaldi, helped promote Vivaldi's music and ensure more offers of work.

Donald Macleod introduces music associated with a devoted follower of Vivaldi's from Dresden, and influential patrons in Rome.

As Vivaldi's reputation began to spread across Europe, musicians from far and wide made a point of visiting him in Venice. One such was Johann Georg Pisendel, a distinguished violinist from the Dresden court who studied with Vivaldi. On his return he ensured Vivaldi's concertos formed a central role in the repertoire of the court orchestra. Offers of work came in from elsewhere, including Rome, and Vivaldi soon found himself on the invitation lists of some of the most powerful and influential princes and cardinals, including the music-loving Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. Donald Macleod introduces a sonata from a collection owned by the Cardinal, an excerpt from an opera premiered in Rome and a concerto dedicated to the faithful Pisendel's employer at the court of Dresden.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Sonata No.2 in D minor, RV 12 – final mvt

    Performer: Andrew Manze. Performer: John Toll.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMX2907342.43.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 4.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G minor RV.576 (Sua Altezza Reale di Sassonia) for 7 instruments an

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'OISEAU-LYRE : 436-867-2.
    • 1.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    La Verita in cimento - opera in 3 acts

    Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus. Singer: Sara Mingardo. Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Conductor: Jean‐Christophe Spinosi. Singer: Gemma Bertagnolli.
    • OPUS : OP 3036-5.
    • OPUS.
    • 21.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Giustino - opera in 3 acts RV.717 - Act 2

    Singer: Geraldine McGreevy. Director: Alan Curtis. Singer: Francesca Provvisionato. Singer: Dominique Labelle. Singer: Marina Comparato. Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco.
    • Virgin Classics: VCD545518 2.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 1.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Sonata in B minor RV.760 (Manchester sonata no.10) for violin and continuo

    Performer: Nigel North. Performer: Andrew Manze. Performer: John Toll.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMU-907 090.
    • 13.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Invicti, bellate - motet RV.628 for alto, strings and bc

    Choir: Academia Montis Regalis. Performer: Alessandro De Marchi. Singer: Laura Polverelli.
    • OPUS III : op-30340.
    • OPUS III.
    • 17.


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