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Brecon Baroque
Brecon Baroque
  • The Glories of Venice: directed by Rachel Podger
  • EVENT 1

    Venue Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York

    Tickets Reserved seating £30.00 (concessions £28.00 | under 35s £5.00)

    directed by Rachel Podger

    Rachel Podger, Sabine Stoffer, Henry Tong violins
    Jane Rogers viola Alison McGillivray cello
    Jan Spencer bass Daniele Caminiti lute
    Marcin Swiatkiewicz harpsichord


    Vivaldi Sonata in E flat major, Al Santo Sepolcro, RV130
    Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D, BWV972
    (after Vivaldi: Violin Concerto Op. 3 No. 9)
    Vivaldi Lute Concerto in D major, RV93
    Vivaldi Violin Concerto in D major Il Grosso Mogul, RV208
    Vivaldi The Four Seasons

    Venetian society in the 17th century was a hotbed of political intrigue, a powerful trading city whose fortunes were controlled by the all-pervading state and the power of the Doge. This febrile world is powerfully evoked in a colourful programme of concertos by Vivaldi, including a ‘re-arrangement of a Bach arrangement’ and a salute to a great foreign ruler in the spicy Il Grosso Mogul, which alludes to the Indian court of the Grand Mughal Akbar. The sections of The Four Seasons are unquestionably the most famous of Vivaldi’s many violin concertos, and the much-anticipated interpretation by Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque of these uplifting and vividly pictorial works makes an exciting opener to this year’s festival.

    ‘Rachel Podger’s crack band deliver miracles of virtuosity’ The Observer

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