Concert archive

Saturday 23rd March – Love & Death in Venice

The next in our series of Live Programme Notes concerts with Dr Simon Heighes at the controls.
The glorious city of dreams inspired an emotional roller-coaster of a concert which took us from the hot-blooded drama of the opera house to the boisterous hi-jinks of Vivaldi’s little-known chamber concertos. Sparkling soprano Jayne May-Sysum ‘loved and died’ with true Italian passion and music historian Simon Heighes was on hand with live programme notes as our guide for the evening.

Nigra Sum ‘I am black but comely’ - (Vespers of 1610) - Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Toccato - (London, 1632) - Walter Porter (c1587-1659)

Ciaccona - (Venice, 1637) - Tarquinio Merula (c1594-1665)

L’eraclito amoroso ‘Heraclitus in Love’ - (Venice, 1651) - Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)

Canzona à 3 - (Venice, 1656) - Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)

Zefiro torna ‘Zephyrus returns’ - (Venice, 1632) - Claudio Monteverdi

Pur tu miro ‘I gaze upon you’ - from The Coronation of Poppea (Venice, 1642) - Claudio Monteverdi -(….Introduced by a lute solo- Giovanni Kapsperger, 1580-1651)

Part Two

Sinfonia from Il Tamerlano - (Venice, 1735) - Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) - Sposa, son disprezzata ‘As a wife I am despised’ - from Merope (Venice, 1734) - Geminiano Giacomelli (1692-1740)

Sonata for Two Violins in B flat, RV 77 - (Venice, c1720) - Antonio Vivaldi -

Concerto No. 4 in C Minor - (Venice, c1750) - Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785)

Col versar ‘By shedding my blood’ from Berenice (Venice, 1725) - Giuseppe Orlandini (1676-1760)