Antonio Vivaldi (1678‒1741) was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, impresario, and Roman Catholic priest. He wrote operas, concertos, sinfonias, cantatas, solo and trio sonatas, and other sacred vocal works. Vivaldi is most famous, though, for his concertos: he wrote about 500 over the course of his life. Notorious for his vanity, he even boasted that he could write a concerto faster than the copyist could produce the concerto’s parts! Yet he was praised more by contemporaries as a violinist than a composer: his playing was so exhilarating and daring that a contemporary described himself as ‘terrified’ when he heard it. He is also credited with setting new standards and opening new ways forward in violin playing, especially in his numerous concertos for solo violin including the ever popular set of four concerti titled Le quattro stagioni. Vivaldi also wrote concertos for other solo instruments and combinations of two or even three soloists and string orchestra. Some of them are still considered among the most virtuosic concerti ever written.
Most of Vivaldi’s vocal music was written as sacred works for the Roman Catholic Church. The Gloria in D major, RV 589, is Vivaldi’s most famous sacred work and it is among his most important church music compositions. This musically impressive work in the style of a so-called ‘cantata mass’ is divided into 12 sections, which vary in scoring, style of setting, key, and emotional content. Vivaldi’s mastery is shown in the solemn, sonorous choral movements and equally in the more chamber-music-like solo movements.
Vivaldi’s Gloria and two of his concerti for solo violin and solo oboe will be featured in the programme “Gloria for Divine Mercy Sunday.” This programme is the result of cooperation between the Musica Humana Ensemble (of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society) and the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras” (of the Klaipėda Concert Hall) under the leadership of their artistic directors – Robertas Beinaris and Alfonsas Vildžiūnas. Two brilliant soloists – soprano Dovilė Kazonaitė and mezzo-soprano Ieva Prudnikovaitė – will join the two ensembles in the performance of Gloria.
This programme will be streamed live on Divine Mercy Sunday via the internet platforms of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society and the Klaipėda Concert Hall. May it bring the festive mood and joy into your home!
We invite you to choose the most convenient way to listen to this concert online via the Klaipėda Concert Hall’s:
This concert will be streamed live and available later online via the Klaipėda Concert Hall’s:
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Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society’s:
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