The next series of concerts Celestial Vivaldi by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is an inspired mix which includes music taken from its original format and re-written for ballet, for orchestra and for voices. The composers represented lived in the glorious days of the Baroque era. Whilst they all performed numerous instruments, each of them was an expert violinist and so we can expect the writing for the strings to be supremely beautiful. Paul Dyer, Artistic Director of the ABO predicts that this concert will be “achingly beautiful and a highlight of the 2011 season”. Melbourne soprano Siobhan Stagg, alto Tim Chung, tenor Tim Reynolds and baritoneJames Roser will be joined by the Brandeburg Choir to present works by Rebel, Corrette, Dall’abaca and Vivaldi.
Jean-Fery Rebel (1666 – 1747) was noted as a child prodigy aged 8, studied under Lully and became court composer to Louis XIV. His Les Elements was originally a ballet, depicting the creation, and composed in an elaborate symphonic style. It is this with which the ABO open their programme.
Michel Corrette’s (1707 -1795) Laudate Dominum is in fact a reworking of ‘Spring” from Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’, written some 25 years after Vivaldi died. Primarily and organist, he wrote for several genres and penned nearly two dozen text books on learning to play a various instruments – including one called “The Art of Playing the Violin Perfectly” (If only it were that easy!)
Evaristo Felice Dall’abaco (1675 – 1742) was a violinist of the court in Munich. His writing is described as being similar to – and sometimes better than Corelli’s. Little is known about his Concerto a piu instrumenti in G major, opus 6 no 5. and the title lends an air of mystery as to how the ABO will realise it in performance.
Lastly, the crowning glory from the master himself – the Dixit Dominus RV 595 of Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741). Vivaldi, a consummate violinist, composed three settings of the Dixit Dominus (Psalm CIX). This one is the earliest (c 1715).
Tickets from $60-$140 + plus booking fees; Concessions and under 30’s available.
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