Vivaldi’s Women

July 18, 2018, 10:00 pm

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Journey into a lost sound-world: Vivaldi’s Gloria is one of the most popular of choral works, yet no-one knows for certain exactly how it sounded to the ears of its composer, written as it was for female performers of a Venetian orphanage. Tonight, the Oxford-based all-female choir Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi, which specializes in recreating that unique sound, is joined by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for works by Vivaldi, including the famous Gloria, as well as a motet by Nicola Propora, who, like Vivaldi, also taught at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice.

Recorded live in concert at Saint John Smith’s Square, London, as part of the London Festival of the Baroque.


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Dixit Dominus, RV 595
Concerto in D, RV 582 (Assumption of Mary)
Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630
Clarae stellae, scintillate, RV 625

Nicola Porpora (1686-1768)
Laetatus sum

Antonio Vivaldi
Gloria, RV 589

Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Kati Debretzeni, violin and conductor

Opening & Closing Theme for Baroque&Before: Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)