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Il Pomo d'Oro

Monday, February 13, 2017 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
Some of the most invigorating and virtuosic music of the Baroque was written by Vivaldi—the famous “Red Priest” who traded his cassock for a violin—and his contemporaries. These dazzling concertos are performed by Dmitry Sinkovsky, a violinist who might have given Vivaldi a run for his money, and the “fresh-faced and dynamic” (The New York Times) period instrument ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro.

Part of Salon Encores.


Il Pomo d’Oro
Dmitry Sinkovsky, Conductor and Violin


VIVALDI Violin Concerto in C Major, RV 177

BRESCIANELLO Sinfonia in F Major, Op. 1, No. 5

VIVALDI Violin Concerto in E Minor, RV 277, "Il favorito"

VIVALDI Violin Concerto in D Minor, RV 246, "Per Pisendel"

GALUPPI Concerto No. 2 in G Major for Two Violins, Viola, and Cello

VIVALDI Concerto in D Major for Violin, Strings, and Continuo, RV 208, "Il Grosso Mogul"


VIVALDI "Gelido in ogni vena" from Farnace

VIVALDI Presto from Concerto in G Minor for Violin and Orchestra, RV 315, "L'estate" ("Summer")

Event Duration

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

La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic is sponsored by Chubb.

The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism has granted La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic its official support (“Patrocinio”) in recognition of Carnegie Hall’s celebration of Italy’s extraordinarily rich cultural legacy.

Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism in Rome; the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC; and the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

At a Glance

Italy in the early 18th century—and Venice in particular—was a hive of musical activity and innovation. Indeed, music was one of the country’s prime export industries. Italian composers, instrumentalists, and singers fanned out across Europe to satisfy the growing taste for Italian music. At the same time, musical tourists flocked to the Venetian Republic, drawn to its cosmopolitan culture and famously fun-filled Carnival celebrations. The city’s thriving musical venues ranged from Europe’s first public opera houses to scholarly academies, to secular institutions such as the Ospedale della Pietà—the girls’ orphanage and conservatory where Antonio Vivaldi taught violin—to religious attractions such as St. Mark’s Cathedral, where Baldassare Galuppi served as choirmaster starting in 1749.

Tonight’s program juxtaposes four of Vivaldi’s endlessly imaginative, stylistically innovative, and dazzlingly virtuosic violin concertos with works in a similar vein by two of his lesser-known Italian contemporaries. Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello made his career in Germany, where he helped cultivate a taste for the brilliant Italian style of instrumental music. Galuppi—best known for the effervescent comic operas he wrote in collaboration with the celebrated playwright Carlo Goldoni—combined elements of Vivaldi’s idiom with the elegant, melodious galant style that became fashionable in the mid–18th century.


Il Pomo d'Oro

The orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro was founded in 2012 with a special focus on opera, but it remains equally committed to instrumental performance in various genres. The musicians of this group are among the world's best, known for their authentic and vivid interpretation  ...

The orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro was founded in 2012 with a special focus on opera, but it remains equally committed to instrumental performance in various genres. The musicians of this group are among the world's best, known for their authentic and vivid interpretation on period instruments. Together with their primary conductor Maxim Emelyanychev, they form an ensemble of outstanding quality that combines stylistic knowledge, high technical skill, and artistic enthusiasm. The collaboration with violinist and conductor Riccardo Minasi led to an award-winning first album of Vivaldi concertos. The ensemble's second recording, featuring Vivaldi's "Per Pisendel" Violin Concerto with Dmitry Sinkovsky as soloist and conductor, received a Diapason d'Or award. In 2012, Il Pomo d'Oro also recorded three solo CDs under Mr. Minasi's direction with three countertenors: Max Emanuel Cencic, Xavier Sabata, and Franco Fagioli. The album Arias for Caffarelli was awarded the Choc de l'année in 2013 by French magazine Classica. Il Pomo d'Oro also released a recording of concertos for two violins, with both Mr. Minasi and Mr. Sinkovsky.

In conjunction with a book project about Venetian gondolas by American writer Donna Leon, Il Pomo d'Oro recorded a collection of early Venetian barcarole sung by Vincenzo Capezzuto. In 2016, the ensemble recorded its first album with American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, In War and Peace, followed by a concert tour in Europe and the US conducted by Mr. Emelyanychev. The musicians will also collaborate on upcoming recordings with Enrico Onofri and the young Italian soprano Francesca Aspromonte.

Il Pomo d'Oro has recorded four complete operas: Handel's Tamerlano, Ottone, and Partenope, and Vinci's Catone in Utica. The ensemble's instrumental recordings include Haydn's concertos for harpsichord and violin, and a violoncello recital with Edgar Moreau that includes works by Haydn, Boccherini, Platti, Graziani, and Vivaldi. A new recording with Mr. Sinkovsky explores the repertoire of baroque violin virtuosos, such as Locatelli, Tartini, Leclair, Pisendel, and others.

Dmitry Sinkovsky

Dmitry Sinkovsky was groomed for an international career at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied violin with Alexander Kirov, and the University of Zagreb's Academy of Music, where he studied conducting with Tomislav Facini. While a student in Moscow, curiosity led him to earlier repertoires. A meeting at that time with early-music pioneer Gustav Leonhardt convinced him to change course and concentrate on historically informed performance practice.

Mr. Sinkovsky has won prizes from the Premio Bonporti (International Baroque Violin Competition) in Italy, the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, the International Competition Musica Antiqua in Belgium, and the Austrian International H. I. F. Biber Competition.

In 2007, after beginning a notable career as a violinist, Mr. Sinkovsky decided to pursue his talent as a countertenor as well. He worked with vocal coaches Michael Chance, Marie Daveluy, and Jana Ivanilova. His vocal repertoire includes roles from Handel operas and oratorios (Rinaldo, Giulio Cesare, Silla, Arsace, Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, Rodelinda, and Ariodante); to Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice; Bach's Passions and cantatas; and finally the serenatas and cantatas of Vivaldi, Leo, and Scarlatti. In 2014, he was invited to perform eight highly acclaimed recitals in Sydney and Melbourne with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Mr. Sinkovsky regularly appears at the Göttingen International Handel Festival, where he will be singing the title role in Silla, accompanied by Ensemble 1700, this season.

As a conductor, Mr. Sinkovsky has collaborated with such groups as the Orquesta Nacional de España, Seattle Symphony, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, B'Rock Orchestra, Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, and Orchestra MusicAeterna. He heads the ensemble La Voce Strumentale, which he founded in Moscow in 2011, and works with Baroque orchestras that include Il Giardino Armonico, Accademia Bizantina, Il Pomo d'Oro, Casa da Música, Concerto Köln, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Armonia Atenea, and Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. Between 2012 and 2015, he was a guest conductor for Il Complesso Barocco, accompanying distinguished mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato on her concert tour for her album Drama Queens.

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