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Vivaldi’s Muses

Donald Macleod explores the muses who inspired Vivaldi throughout his life and the accusations of impropriety levelled against him.

As a virtuoso violinist, as a teacher, as a priest and as a prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was a key figure in Baroque Italy and remains one of the most famous names in classical music today. In Wednesday’s programme, Donald Macleod explores the muses who inspired Vivaldi throughout his life and the composer’s relationship with these women - the music written for a virtuoso violinist at the Ospedale della Pieta, and his later relationship with two half-sisters, Anna Giro and Paolina Tessieri, and the accusations levelled against him when they both supposedly moved into his house.

Dorilla In Tempe, RV 709 - Dell'aura al sussurar
Elin Manahan-Thomas (soprano)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Harry Christophers (conductor)

Concerto for Viola d’Amore in A minor, RV397
Salzburg Bell’Arte

Orlando furioso, RV 728 - Sol da te, mio dolce amore
Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Marc Goujon (flute)
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor)

Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV630
Simon Kermes (Soprano)
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon (harpsichord)

Atenaide, RV 702 - Infausta reggia addio
Sandrine Piau (Eudossa)
Modo Antiquo
Federico Maria Sardelli (conductor)

Il Farnace, RV711 - Sinfonia
Le Concert Des Nations
Jordi Savall (director)

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in A minor for viola d'amore, RV 397

    Performer: Bell’arte Salzburg.
    • BERLIN CLASSICS : 0016712BC.
    • BERLIN CLASSICS.
    • 2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Orlando furioso: Act I 'Sol da te, mio dolce amore'

    Performer: Jean-Marc Goujon. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus. Conductor: Jean‐Christophe Spinosi.
    • DECCA 4834475.
    • DECCA.
    • 5.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Nulla in mundo pax Sincera, RV 630

    Performer: Andrea Marcon. Singer: Simone Kermes. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra.
    • DG 4775980.
    • DG.
    • 6.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Atenaide: Act III Scene 11 'Infausta reggia addio'

    Performer: Federico Maria Sardelli. Singer: Sandrine Piau. Ensemble: Modo Antiquo.
    • NAÏVE OP30438.
    • NAÏVE.
    • 1.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Il Farnace, RV 711 (Sinfonia)

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • NAÏVE NAÏVE OP30471.
    • NAÏVE.
    • 1.

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