Live from St John's Smith Square in London, introduced by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.
The first of two concerts from the London Festival of Baroque Music. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment plays music by Vivaldi and Porpora, joined by the Oxford-based choir Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi, an all-women choir which specialises in recreating the sound of the female orphanage choir that Vivaldi composed for.
Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus, RV 595
Vivaldi: Clarae stellae, scintillate, RV 625
Vivaldi: In exitu Israel, RV 604
Vivaldi: Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630
Porpora: Laetatus sum
Vivaldi: Concerto in D major for violin, strings and continuo 'a due cori', RV 582, 'per la Santissima Assontione di Maria Vergine'
Vivaldi - Gloria, RV 589
Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Kati Debretzeni (violin/director)
The London Festival of Baroque Music is a new festival founded this year, continuing the legacy of the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, which ended in 2014 after 30 successful years. The theme of the festival is Women in Baroque Music, and it embraces music by women composers as well as pieces written for or about women. Vivaldi composed many of his choral pieces, including his celebrated Gloria, for the Pio Ospedale della Pietà (Devout Hospital of Mercy) in Venice, where he worked over a thirty year period. Their all-female choir clearly included women who could manage the choral bass parts, as does tonight's choir, the Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi.
This is the first of two live broadcasts from the London Festival of Baroque Music - on Tuesday the Choir of Westminster Abbey and St James's Baroque are conducted by James O'Donnell in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.