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The Real Red Priest

A look beyond the Red Priest cliches to discover who Antonio Vivaldi really was. Violinist Hugo Ticciati tells Tom that Vivaldi and Metallica have more in common that it seems.

Can we get beyond The Four Seasons? Was he really a priest? Did he write the same concerto several hundred times? Antonio Vivaldi wrote arguably the most famous piece of classical music of all time but his reputation has suffered as a result. Some accuse him of churning out the same concerto multiple times at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice where he taught music and performed alongside orchestras and choirs of female musicians, much to the titillation of travelling tourists of the day.

With the help of violinist Hugo Ticciati (who performs Vivaldi's works alongside those of rock band Metallica), and Vivaldi expert Susan Orlando Tom explores the joyfully physical realm of The Red Priest's music, how Vivaldi's music can teach us to listen in a whole new way and why Vivaldi's operas will soon be making a comeback.

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  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G minor RV.315, Op.8`2 (L'Estate) for violin and orchestra

    Conductor: Christian Curnyn. Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Performer: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
    • 4764342.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Trio sonata in D minor RV.63, Op.1`12 (La Follia) for 2 violins and continuo

    Performer: Hespèrion XXI.
    • Alia Vox.
    • AV9844.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D major RV.428, Op.10`3 (Il Gardellino [The Goldfinch]) for flute and orchestra

    Performer: Lisa Beznosiuk. Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Performer: The English Concert.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 4237022.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in C major RV.425 for mandolin and orchestra

    Performer: Avi Avital. Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra.
    • DG.
    • 479 4017.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in E major RV.269, Op.8`1 (La Primavera) for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI.
    • 72435 57666 0 1.
  • Yes

    CLOSE TO THE EDGE

    Music Arranger: N/A.
    • ATLANTIC.
    • K2500-12.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Lauda Jerusalem - motet RV.609 for soloists, 2 choirs and orchestra

    Performer: Rubén Dubrovsky. Performer: Bach Consort. Performer: Salzburger Bachchor.
    • GRAMOLA.
    • 99165.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Orlando furioso - opera RV Anh.84

    Performer: Diego Fasolis. Performer: I Barocchisti.
    • dynamic.
    • CDS7803.03.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Trio sonata in D minor RV.63, Op.1`12 (La Follia) for 2 violins and continuo

    Performer: Hespèrion XXI.
    • Alia Vox.
    • AV9844.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F major RV.293, Op.8`3 (L'Autunno) for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Andrea Marcon. Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra.
    • sony.
    • sk51352.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    L' Estro armonico = Op.3 [title for information only]

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Performer: Brecon Baroque.
    • Channel Classics.
    • CCSSA-36515.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G minor RV.578, Op.3`2 for 2 violins, cello and orchestra

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Performer: Brecon Baroque.
    • Channel Classics.
    • CCS SA 36515.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto in A minor BWV.593 for organ, arr. from Vivaldi's Op.3`8 (RV.522) [orig. 2 vn & orch]

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • NOVALIS.
    • 150 0202.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in B minor RV.580, Op.3`10 for 4 violins, cello and orchestra

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Performer: Brecon Baroque.
    • Channel Classics.
    • CCSSA-36515.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto in A minor BWV.1065 for 4 keyboards and string orchestra

    Performer: Kenneth Gilbert. Performer: Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Performer: Nicholas Kraemer. Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Performer: The English Concert.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 471-754-2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Gloria in D major RV.589 for soloists, chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Performer: Katharine Gowers. Performer: Lucy Ballard. Performer: English Baroque Soloists.
    • Philips.
    • 462597 2.
  • Metallica

    CREEPING DEATH

    • Elektra Asylum.
    • 60396-2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D major RV.234 (L'Inquietudine) for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Fabio Biondi. Performer: Europa Galante.
    • Virgin Veritas.
    • 72443.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Gloria in D major RV.589 for soloists, chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Performer: English Concert Choir. Performer: The English Concert.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 4233862.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Lauda Jerusalem - motet RV.609 for soloists, 2 choirs and orchestra

    Performer: Rubén Dubrovsky. Performer: Bach Consort. Performer: Salzburger Bachchor.
    • Gramola.
    • 99165.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Nisi Dominus [Psalm 127] RV.608 for voice and orchestra

    Performer: Andreas Scholl. Performer: Paul Dyer. Performer: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
    • dg.
    • 4669642.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Nulla in mundo pax RV.630 for soprano (or tenor) and orchestra

    Conductor: Harry Christophers. Performer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Performer: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    • HELIODOR.
    • 4765970.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Laudate pueri in G major RV.601 for soprano and orchestra

    Performer: Ottavio Dantone. Performer: Sandrine Piau. Performer: Accademia Bizantina.
    • naive.
    • 30416.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Orlando [furioso] - opera RV.728

    Conductor: Jean‐Christophe Spinosi. Performer: Marie‐Nicole Lemieux. Performer: Ensemble Matheus.
    • Naive.
    • OP30393.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    La Fida ninfa - opera RV.714

    Conductor: Jean‐Christophe Spinosi. Performer: Topi Lehtipuu. Performer: Ensemble Matheus.
    • NAIVE.
    • OP 30410.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in E flat major RV.253, Op.8`5 (La Tempesta di mare) for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Fabio Biondi. Performer: Europa Galante.
    • Virgin.
    • 5619802.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    In furore giustissimae irae - motet RV.626 for soprano and orchestra

    Performer: Ottavio Dantone. Performer: Sandrine Piau. Performer: Accademia Bizantina.
    • naive.
    • 30416.

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