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Program Notes

Jeannette Sorrell, Music Director

Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 8pm

Emmanuel Church, Boston

Handel and Vivaldi: Fireworks

Superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky returns to the Boston concert stage after his breathtaking performance in the BEMF 2011 centerpiece opera, Niobe, Regina di Tebe, in a concert with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. Led by Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo’s Fire has been consistently recognized as one of the world’s finest period-instrument orchestras, earning special attention for their “expressive subtlety, exuberance and passion” (Classical Music Magazine). Delight as these exceptional artists explore the full dramatic range of Handel and Vivaldi arias for the virtuoso castrato singers of the 18th century. A selection of fiery Vivaldi concertos rounds out an evening of glorious music.

Free pre-concert talk at 7pm

PROGRAM | Read the Program Notes

Vivaldi: Allegro from Concerto Grosso in D, after Concerto RV 511

    (arr. Sorrell)

Handel:   “Agitato da fiere tempeste,” from Oreste

Handel:   "Ho perso il caro ben" from Il Parnasso in Festa

Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor for Two Violins, Op. 3 no. 8, RV 522

Handel:   "Se potessero i sospir miei," from Imeneo

Handel:   "Con l'ali di costanza,” from Ariodante

Handel:   Prelude in A major, for solo harpsichord (arr. Sorrell)

Handel:   Chaconne from Terpsichore (Il pastor fido), HWV 8c

Vivaldi: "Se mai senti spirati sul volto," from Catone in Utica

Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso “La Follia” (Madness), after Sonata XII

     (arr. Sorrell)

Vivaldi: "Vedro con mio dilettto," from Giustino

Vivaldi: “Frà le procelle,” from Tito Manlio