A Baroque Christmas with Concerto Copenhagen & Il Giardino Armonico

December 20, 2023, 10:00 pm

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Haloed Man and haloed woman with two cattle looking over a haloed baby. An angel watches from above.
Lorenzo Monaco aka Piero di Giovanni (circa 1370–circa 1425:) "The Nativity"

The Christmas season was an extremely busy time for church composers in the eighteenth century: congregations expected newly written music every year. A tradition emerged in the early seventeenth century of composing music with the aim of recreating the pastoral atmosphere of the first Christmas Eve.

On this special Christmas edition of Baroque&Before, Concerto Copenhagen starts off our program with Italian Christmas concertos by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italian composers, recorded live in Malmö, Sweden. Later, Il Giardino Armonico shares its Christmas Concert, recorded live at Gdańsk, Poland’s Actus Humanus Festival for Il Santissimo Natale.

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Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764)
Concerto grosso in F minor, op. 1/8 “Per il Santo Natale”
– Largo/Grave; Vivace; Grave; Largo; Andante; Pastorale ad libitum

Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709)
Concerto grosso No. 6 in G minor, op. 8/6 “Christmas Concerto per il Santissimo Natale”
– Grave/Vivace; Largo; Vivace

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Violin Concerto in E, RV 270 “Il riposo, per il Santissimo Natale”
– Allegro; Adagio; Allegro
Fredrik From, violin

Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello (ca 1690-1758)
Chaconne in A

Francesco Onofrio Manfredini (1684-1762)
Concerto grosso in C “Con una Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale”
– Largo; Largo; Allegro

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
Concerto grosso No. 8 in G minor, op. 6/8 “Fatto per la notte di natale”
– Vivace/Grave; Allegro; Adagio/Allegro/Adagio; Vivace; Allegro; Largo Pastorale ad libitum

Concerto Copenhagen; Lars Ulrich Mortensen: conductor, harpsichord, organ

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Recorder Concerto in F, RV 442
– Allegro non molto; Largo e cantabile; Allegro

Tarquinio Merula (ca 1595-1665)
Two Canzoni: La Piva; La Lusignola

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Flute Concerto in F, RV 433 “La tempesta di mare”
– Allegro; Largo; Presto

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Nisi Dominum in G minor, RV 608
-Cum dederit

Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690)
Sonata “La cetra”

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Recorder Concerto in C, RV 444

Il Giardino Armonico; Giovanni Antonini, conductor

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
Adagio, from Concerto grosso No. 8 in G minor, op. 6/8
(Concerto Copenhagen; Lars Ulrich Mortensen: conductor, harpsichord, organ)