Gut strings and female basses: a Venetian expedition to the Pietà for the OAE

Vivaldi: The OAE/Debretzeni 

St Johns Smith Square, 17th May 2015

Church of the Ospedale della Pietà

Church of the Ospedale della Pietà

Although much-travelled around Europe, Vivaldi is inextricably linked with Venice and the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage and music school in the city. “Women in Baroque Music” is the theme for the first London Festival of Baroque (the slimmed down successor to the Lufthansa Festival), so an exploration of Vivaldi’s sacred music for the Pietà seemed perfectly natural. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is a dab hand at this sort of Baroque repertoire, but on this occasion, it was joined by a rather unnatural choir.

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