Performance Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Zankel Hall
Andrea Marcon is a man on a mission: He wants to bring all the freshness and flash that made Vivaldi’s concertos so groundbreaking in their day to his own performances with the Venice Baroque Orchestra. “(They are) really like Beethoven’s solo concertos,” he told NPR Music, “where the soloist plays such a dominant role. This was not the case before Vivaldi.” You’ll hear some of these works on this program, along with music by Albinoni and Geminiani.


  • Venice Baroque Orchestra
    Andrea Marcon, Director


  • VIVALDI La Senna festeggiante, RV 693
  • VIVALDI Concerto in G Minor for Flute, Strings, and Continuo, RV 439, "La notte"
  • VIVALDI Concerto in F Major for Bassoon, Strings, and Continuo, RV 488
  • VIVALDI Concerto in C Major for Flautino, Strings, and Continuo, RV 443
  • VERACINI Overture in G Minor
  • PORPORA Concerto in G Major for Cello and Strings
  • GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso in D Minor (after Corelli's Violin Sonata Op. 5, No. 12, "Folia")

  • Encores:
  • VIVALDI Allegro from Concerto in D Major for Violin, RV 212, “Fatto per la Solennità della San Lingua di San Antonio in Padua, 1712”
  • TELEMANN Presto from Concerto for Flute and Recorder in E Minor, TWV 52: e1


  • Venice Baroque Orchestra

    Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, the orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan, and Korea.

    Highlights from last season included the opening of the Concertgebouw Brugge season with Vivaldi's Stabat mater and Gloria; concerts in Lisbon and France with soprano Patricia Petibon; concert performances of Metastasio's L'Olimpiade in London, Dijon, Brussels, Paris, Athens, Rome, and Siena; performances with violinist Giuliano Carmignola at the Festivalul George Enescu, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, and Dubrovnik Summer Festival; and concerts in Italy and Russia with mezzo-soprano Romina Basso and in Poland with Simone Kermes.

    The orchestra's first album for Naïve Records-a pasticcio of Metastasio's L'Olimpiade featuring the recording premieres of many 18th-century opera arias-was released in 2012 and has been awarded CHOC du Monde de la Musique. Venice Baroque Orchestra has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon. Its world-premiere recording of Andromeda liberata for Deutsche Grammophon was followed by two recordings of violin concertos with Giuliano Carmignola; an album of Vivaldi sinfonias and concertos for strings; Vivaldi motets and arias with soprano Simone Kermes, two discs with Magdalena Kožená; Vivaldi concertos for two violins with Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola; and Italian arias with Patricia Petibon. The orchestra's earlier discography on Sony with Ms. Carmignola includes The Four Seasons, two albums of previously unrecorded Vivaldi concertos, Locatelli violin concertos, and a collection of Bach arias that feature Angelika Kirchschlager. For its recordings, Venice Baroque Orchestra has been honored with the Diapason d'Or, ECHO Music Award, and the Edison Award.

    In addition to frequent radio broadcast of their concerts, the orchestra has been seen worldwide through several television specials, including films by the BBC, ARTE, NTR (The Netherlands), and NHK. It has been the subject of three recent video recordings in Romania, Croatia, Lisbon; and its performances will also be featured on Swiss television in an upcoming documentary on Vivaldi.

    Andrea Marcon

    Italian organist, harpsichordist, and conductor Andrea Marcon is one of the most acclaimed musicians in early music. Born in Treviso, he studied organ and harpsichord with Jean-Claude Zehnder at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He won first prize at the organ competition in Innsbruck in 1986 and first prize in the harpsichord competition in Bologna in 1991.

    Mr. Marcon founded the Venice Baroque Orchestra in 1997. His dedication to the rediscovery of Baroque opera led to the first modern-day stagings of Cavalli's L'Orione (1998), Handel's Siroe (2000), Cimarosa's L'Olimpiade (2001), and Galuppi's L'Olimpiade (2006). In April 2004, Mr. Marcon conducted the US premiere of Siroe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

    Today, Mr. Marcon is widely recognized as a leading interpreter of the Baroque, Classical, and early-Romantic repertoire. He has directed Germany's WDR, HR, and NDR symphony orchestras, in addition to the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Mozarteum Salzburg, Camerata Salzburg, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie Essen, and Bremer Philharmoniker, among many others.

    Over the past six years, Mr. Marcon has been a frequent guest conductor at Theater Basel, leading La Cetra Baroque Orchestra in Monteverdi's Orfeo, Cavalli's Calisto, Handel's Ariodante, Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso, Mozart's Idomeneo, and Purcell's Fairy Queen. At Opera Theatre Frankfurt, he has conducted Charpentier's Médée, Orlando Furioso, Ariodante, and Cavalli's Giasone. Mr. Marcon has led the Venice Baroque Orchestra in most of the prestigious concert halls and festivals around the world. In October 2012, he made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker; in the summer of 2014, he is scheduled to make his debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

    Mr. Marcon has more than 50 CDs to his credit. For his recordings as organist and harpsichordist, he has been awarded four times with the Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. His recordings as conductor have also received numerous accolades, including the Diapason d'Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Vivaldi Award of the Cini Foundation, Germany's ECHO music award, and Holland's Edison Award. Among his many CDs with the Venice Baroque Orchestra for Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon are albums with Magdalena Kožená, Patricia Petibon, Angelika Kirchschlager, Giuliano Carmignola, Simone Kermes, and Viktoria Mullova. With La Cetra, he has recorded Mozart overtures and arias with Mojca Erdmann.

    Mr. Marcon is professor of organ and harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Since September 2012, he has been artistic director of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Spain.

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Vivaldi's Concerto for Strings and Continuo in D, R.121, 1. Allegro molto
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Archiv Produktion

At a Glance

Italian Baroque music was nothing if not influential. Pioneered by Claudio Monteverdi and Arcangelo Corelli, the genres of the cantata, concerto, oratorio, and opera were born and developed in Italy, forever altering the course of music. With the traditions continued by Antonio Vivaldi and others, national styles emerged that defined the approaches of Italian, French, and German composers. Expressive and exhilarating, the music of the Italian Baroque is characterized by its repeated rhythmic patterns, propelling harmonies, melodic sequences, and simple textures.

Tonight's concert juxtaposes works by the era's most eminent composer, Vivaldi, with lesser-known gems of Veracini, Porpora, and Geminiani. They all display a similar conceptual style, but simultaneously an originality of expression and invention that both thrill and touch the listener.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Baroque Unlimited.