CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Europa Galante

A Windy Season of Vivaldi

Zankel Hall
“One of the finest things interpretative musicians can do is rescue a masterpiece from routine and repetition. Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante did it … with [works by Vivaldi],” praised the Chicago Trbune. Get blown away by this dynamic collective of musicians when they return to Carnegie Hall with a program of Vivaldi’s wind concertos and selections from his beloved The Four Seasons, among the most popular pieces in Baroque music.

Performers

  • Europa Galante
    Fabio Biondi, Director and Violin

Program

  • VIVALDI Overture to Concerto in G Major for Oboe, Bassoon, and Continuo, RV 545
  • VIVALDI Allegro from Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Continuo, RV 449
  • VIVALDI Allegro from Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Major, RV 269, "La primavera"
  • VIVALDI Cantabile and Allegro from Concerto in D Major for Flute, Strings, and Continuo, RV 428, "Il gardellino"
  • VIVALDI Allegro from Concerto in E Major for Violin, Strings, and Continuo, RV 271, "L'amoroso"
  • VIVALDI Allegro from Concerto in G Minor for Violin and Orchestra, RV 315, "L'estate"
  • VIVALDI Largo and Allegro from Concerto in D Major for Recorder, Oboe, Violin, Bassoon, and Continuo, RV 95, "La pastorella"
  • VIVALDI Presto from Concerto in G Minor for Violin and Orchestra, RV 315, "L'estate"
  • VIVALDI Allegro from Concerto in F Major for Violin and Continuo, RV 293, "L'autunno"
  • VIVALDI Largo and Allegro from Concerto in G Minor for Flute, Strings, and Continuo, RV 439, "La notte"
  • VIVALDI Concerto in B-flat Major for Violin and Continuo, RV 362, "La caccia"
  • VIVALDI Allegro from Concerto in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra, RV 297, "L'inverno"
  • VIVALDI Largo and Allegro from Concerto in F Major for Oboe, Recorder, and Bassoon, RV 570, "La tempesta di mare"
  • VIVALDI Largo from Concerto in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra, RV 297, "L'inverno"
  • VIVALDI Allegro from Concerto in E-flat Major for Violin and Continuo, RV 253, "La tempesta di mare"

  • Encore:
  • TELEMANN "Der stürmende Aeolus" from Water Music Suite in C Major, "Hamburger Ebb und Fluth"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Bios

  • Europa Galante


    Europa Galante has performed in many of the world's major concert halls and theaters, including La Scala in Milan, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center, and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble has toured throughout Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, the US, and South America.

    Europa Galante's repertoire includes works by Handel, Vivaldi, and Scarlatti, as well as instrumental works of the 18th century and chamber works that include string sonatas by 17th-century Italian composers. The ensemble often collaborates with the Fondazione Musicale Santa Cecilia in Rome, and has rediscovered such little-known 18th-century Italian operas as Antonio Caldara's La passione di Gesù Cristo, Leonardo Leo's Sant'Elena al Calvario, and Francesco di Mayo's Gesù sotto il peso della croce. The ensemble recently presented Francesco Geminiani's La foresta incantata alongside an animated film by Mr. Biondi and director Davide Livermore.

    Ever since the release of its first record dedicated to Vivaldi concertos, Europa Galante has received worldwide recognition, gaining an impressive list of awards in its first five years. After working with the French record company Opus 111, the ensemble now collaborates exclusively with Virgin Classics, a partnership that has lasted 15 years. The ensemble has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award, first in 2004 for a CD of Vivaldi's Concerti con molti strumenti and in 2006 for its recording of Vivaldi's Bajazet.

    This season, Europa Galante tours Europe (including Switzerland, Romania, Poland, France, and Spain), Asia, and the US with instrumental and vocal repertoire, such as Handel's Imeneo, Veracini's opera Adriano in Siria, and Donizetti's Anna Bolena. Europa Galante is the resident orchestra of Fondazione Teatro Due in Parma.


    Fabio Biondi


    Born in Palermo, Fabio Biondi began his international career at age 12, performing his first solo concert with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra. At age 16, he was invited by the Musikverein of Vienna to perform Bach's violin concertos. Since then, he has performed with ensembles that include Cappella Real, Musica Antiqua Wien, Il Seminario Musicale, La Chapelle Royale, and Les Musiciens du Louvre, all of which specialize in the performance of Baroque music using original techniques and instruments.

    In 1990, Mr. Biondi founded Europa Galante. They have since been invited to perform at the most important festivals and concert halls around the world, from La Scala in Milan to the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Sydney Opera House.

    The ensemble's first recording with Mr. Biondi, featuring Vivaldi's concertos, was awarded the Premio Cini of Venice and the Choc de la Musique, and was soon followed by many more honors, including five Diapason d'Or awards and one Diapason d'Or de l'Année, and record of the year nominations in many countries. In 2006, their recording of Vivaldi's opera Bajazet was nominated for a Grammy Award.

    Mr. Biondi's varied discography includes Vivaldi's Four Seasons; Corelli's concerti grossi; oratorios, serenatas, and operas by Scarlatti; Handel operas; and works by Veracini, Vivaldi, Locatelli, Tartini, as well as sonatas by Bach, Schubert, and Schumann. Mr. Biondi has collaborated as soloist and conductor with such orchestras as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Halle Opera, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, among others. In addition, he has performed in duo recitals with piano, harpsichord, or fortepiano at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Cité de la musique in Paris, Hogi Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, and Wigmore Hall in London.

    Since 2005, Mr. Biondi has served as artistic director for Baroque music of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Since 2011, he has taught at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Mr. Biondi plays an Andrea Guarneri violin (Cremona, 1686) and a 1766 Carlo Ferdinando Gagliano violin, which is owned by his teacher, Salvatore Cicero, and kindly lent to him by the Salvatore Cicero Foundation in Palermo.

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Audio

Vivaldi's Concerto in B-flat Major for Violin and Continuo, RV 362, "La Caccia" (Allegro)
Europa Galante | Fabio Biondi, Conductor and Violin
Virgin Veritas

At a Glance

Vivaldi, Nature, and Concertos


In 1725, Antonio Vivaldi published a collection of 12 concertos. The first four of these were Le quattro stagioni, or The Four Seasons. Vivaldi, a Catholic priest, was also a famous violinist of the time and boasted the title maestro di concerto of the Pio Ospedale della Pietà, a distinguished school of music, and maestro in Italia of the Austrian Count von Morzin (cousin to Haydn's earliest patron). The concertos' dedication to von Morzin implies that his orchestra had already performed The Four Seasons. Judging by a French edition of The Four Seasons and early reports of French performances, these concertos must have had the same immediate appeal for 18th-century listeners as they do today.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Baroque Unlimited.