Composer Of The Week In Venice

Donald Macleod takes a musical journey around Venice, visiting some of the historic institutions still thriving today.

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01Scuola Grande Di San Rocco2004051020060918

Donald begins at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, an organisation which dates from the 13th Century.


G Gabrieli: Deus qui beatum Marcum a 10

Gabrieli Consort and Players

Paul McCreesh (director)


Monteverdi: Beatus vir

Cantus Cölln

Konrad Junhängel (director)


Padovano: Toccata del 6° tono

Robert Micconi (organ)


Caldara: Crucifixus a 16

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers (conductor)


Monteverdi: Gloria a 7 voci, Selva morale et spirituale

Schütz Akademie

Howard Arman (director)

Vivaldi: Concerto for lute, strings and continuo, RV 93

Accademia di San Rocco Ensemble.

02La Fenice2004051120060919

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the musical institutions of Venice with a look at the chequered history of its opera house, la Fenice.

Justifying its position as one of the most important European theatres, la Fenice has premiered works by composers such as Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Stravinsky.

Even before it opened la Fenice suffered a fire, and since 1792, the building has burnt down a further three times, most recently in 1996.

Over the past eight years it has remained shut whilst it's been lovingly restored to its orginal glory and like the PHOENIX of its name is set to reopen for performances of opera later this year.

Donald Macleod is joined by the musicologist Sergio Segalini, who's been the artistic director at La Fenice since 2003.

Verdi: Sempre libera (Act 1 la Traviata)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

National Philharmonic Orchestra/Richard Bonynge

Cavalli: Ardo, sospiro e piango (Act 1 La Calisto)

Dame Janet Baker (mezzo soprano)LONDON Philharmonic Orchestra/Raymond Leppard

Verdi: Finale to Act 1 (Simon Boccanegra)

Mirella Freni (soprano)

José Carreras (tenor)

Piero Cappuccilli (baritone)

Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass)

Giovanni Foiani (bass)

José van Dam (baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala/Claudio Abbado

Rossini: Excerpt from Scene 3, Act 2 (Semiramide)

Marilyn Horne (mezzo soprano)LONDON SO/Richard Bonynge

Stravinsky: Excerpt from Act 1 (The Rake's Progress )

Jerry Hadley (tenor)

Samuel Ramey (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of Lyon Opera/Kent Nagano

Handel: Non ho cor che per amarti (Act 1, Agrippina)

Della Jones (mezzo soprano)ENGLISH Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Verdi: Sempre libera, Act 1, la Traviata

National Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Bonynge (conductor)

Cavalli: Ardo, sospiro e piango, Act 1, La Calisto

Dame Janet Baker (mezzo soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Raymond Leppard (conductor)

Verdi: Finale to Act 1, Simon Boccanegra

Nicolai Ghiaurov, Giovanni Foiani (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala

Claudio Abbado (conductor)

Rossini: Excerpt from Scene 3, Act 2, Semiramide

Marilyn Horne (mezzo soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Stravinsky: Excerpt from Act 1, The Rake's Progress

Chorus and Orchestra of Lyon Opera

Kent Nagano (conductor)

Handel: Non ho cor che per amarti, Act 1, Agrippina

Della Jones (mezzo soprano)

English Baroque Soloists

Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).

03Ospedale Della Pietà2004051220060920

Donald Macleod visits the Ospedale della Pieta, famous both for its association with Vivaldi and its reputation for outstanding music performance.

In the company of Micky White, who since 1996 has been researching the life of Vivaldi at the Pieta, Donald Macleod finds out more about the musical activities at this ancient institution and visits the archive.

Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings, 1st movement, RV 149

Academy of Ancient Music

Andrew Manze (director)

Vivaldi: Concerto in due Cori, RV 585

Ensemble Matheus

Jean-Christophe Spinosi (director)

Vivaldi: Gloria, excerpt

Taverner Choir and Players

Andrew Parrott (director)

Vivaldi: Laetatus sum, RV 607

Vivaldi: Concerto for two mandolins, strings and continuo, RV 532

James Tyler, Douglas Wootton (mandolin)

Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields

Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin, RV 222

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Andrea Marcon (conductor).

Its history dates back to the middle ages as a place where unwanted babies could be deposited.

Once there, these children would be fed, clothed and educated at both private and state expense.

In the company of Micky White, who's been researching the life of Vivaldi at the Pieta since 1996, Donald Macleod finds out more about the musical activities at this ancient institution and visits the arcHIVe where Micky White has unearthed some interesting facts.

Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings (1st movement) RV 149

Vivaldi: Gloria (excerpt)

James Tyler and Douglas Wootton (mandolins)

04Ca' Rezzonico2004051320060921

One of Venice's most imposing statements of affluence and artistic achievement is the Ca' Rezzonico on the Grand Canal.

Building work began in 1649 and by 1758 it had reached an unprecedented height of grandeur symbolizing the arrival of the Rezzonico family on the Venetian political scene.

Since 1935 the palace has been the home of the Museum of 18th century Venice and amidst its treasures Donald Macleod celebrates an age of splendour, profligacy and destitution as witnessed by the many composers who visited Venice and were beguiled by her charms.

Hahn: Sopra l'acqua indormenzada

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)

Graham Johnson (piano)

Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos (1st movement)

Sylviane Deferne

Pascal Rogé (two pianos)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

Vivaldi: Concerto for flute in G major all quarta bassa RV 443

Sébastien Marq

Ensemble Matheus

Jean-Christophe Spinosi (director)

Lizst: Venezia e Napoli (excerpt)

Leslie Howard (piano)

Gounod: Venise

Wagner: Excerpt from Act 2 (Tristan und Isolde)

Waltraud Meier (soprano)

Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor)BERLIN Philharmonic

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Mendelssohn: A Venetian Gondola song

Cole Porter: We Open in Venice (Kiss Me Kate)

Josephine Barstow (soprano)

Kim Criswell (soprano)

Thomas Hampson (baritone)

George Dvorsky (baritone)

Ambrosian ChorusLONDON Sinfonietta

John McGlinn (conductor).

Since 1935, the palace has been the home of the Museum of 18th century Venice and, amid its treasures, Donald Macleod celebrates an age of splendour, profligacy and destitution as witnessed by the many composers who visited Venice and were beguiled by her charms.

Sylviane Deferne, Pascal Rogé (piano)

Vivaldi: Concerto for flute in G all quarta bassa, RV 443

Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor)

Berlin Philharmonic

Josephine Barstow, Kim Criswell (soprano)

Thomas Hampson, George Dvorsky (baritone)

Ambrosian Chorus

London Sinfonietta

Andrea Marcon (conductor).

05 LASTDeath In Venice2004051420060922

Venice's air of melancholy and decay has captured the imaginations of literary giants such as Proust, Thomas Mann and Henry James.

In this final programme Donald Macleod follows the theme of Thomas Mann's novella and searches for 'Death in Venice'.

His travels take him to the island cemetary at San Michele, originally a prison island before Napoleon turned it into Venetians final resting place and to Venice's Casino, a palace which houses the mezzanine apartment once occupied by Richard Wagner.


Offenbach: Barcarolle from Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Jessye Norman (soprano)

Ann Murray (mezzo soprano)

Symphony Orchestra of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels

Sylvain Cambreling (conductor)


Liszt: La lugubre gondola

Alfred Brendel (piano)


Stravinsky: Requiem Canticles (excerpt)

Susan Bickley (contralto)

New LONDON Chamber ChoirLONDON Sinfonietta

Oliver Knussen (conductor)


Wagner: Siegfried's Death and Funeral March (Götterdamerung)BERLIN Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)


Wagner: Prelude to Act 3 (Tristan und Isolde)

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)


Britten: Death in Venice (excerpt from Scene 2/3)

Peter Pears (tenor)

John Shirley Quirk (baritone)ENGLISH Chamber Orchestra

Stuart Bedford (conductor).