Concerto for Strings in G minor is a spirited piece of music full of vigor. The subtle, delicate sound of the violins adds the perfect touch to this masterpiece by the ‘red- haired priest’ Vivaldi. Giovanni Antonini and his ensemble, Il Giardino Armonico, perform this piece with beauty and a spirit seldom matched.
The first piece of music that made me love baroque opera was vedro con mio diletto. It is still one of my favorites.
It was composed by Vivaldi for the opera Il Giustino. This version is by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.
‘Gelido in ogni vena’ was originally composed by Leonardo Vinci in 1724, for his opera Farnace. Vivaldi later changed the music and put it in his own opera. Handel did the same thing. Continue reading