Monday
09. April 2007

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

I SOLISTI della CAPPELLA della PIETÀ de’ TURCHINI



DEO NOSTRO IN CITHARA PSALLITE… CORDE PULSUM TANGITE
Works by Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Baptista Bononcini, Giovanni Legrenzi, Francesco Antonio Bonporti

I SOLISTI della CAPPELLA della PIETÀ de’ TURCHINI

Maria Grazia Schiavo | soprano

Alessandro Piccolini | 1st.violin
Marco Piantoni | 2nd. violin
Rosario Di Meglio | viola
Alberto Guerriero | violoncello
Giorgio Sancito | double bass
Francesco Moi | positive organ
Ugo Di Giovanni | archlute
Franco Pavan | theorbo


Who is the Lord […] who raises the poor out of the dust, lifts the needy out of the dunghill… (Psalm 112)

There must have been good reasons for Charles de Brosses, a knowledgeable French music aficionado, claiming the orchestra of a Venice orphanage to be better than the one of the Paris opera house, and that with a girl called Chiaretta, it even included one of Italy’s best violin players. We are talking about the Ospedale della Pietà (presumably founded in 1335), which offered its foundlings (mostly girls) a profound musical education. The Pietà became famous especially due to its collaboration with Antonio Vivaldi who remained affiliated to the institute in his home town as a violin instructor, maestro di concerti and composer for about 35 years and it was this ladies’ orchestra he wrote most of his works for. The main interest lay in the musical performances of church music which were arranged in an impressive and magnificent way, all according to Venice’s Baroque tradition and the Pietà’s potentials, as for instance Vivaldi’s great intonation of psalm 112 “Laudate pueri Dominum”, RV 600, from around 1714: a fascinating work, enthralling in its “instrumental innovations” and overwhelming in its versatile combination of voice and orchestra.

Now, the Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini from Naples, one of Italy’s most renowned and internationally successful Old Music ensembles, is focusing on Vivaldi’s music and other master works of his North Italian predecessors and contemporaries. With Maria Grazia Schiavo—a young soprano from Naples with international reputation—a soloist with her style perfectly adapted to the Capella is being presented.

© Vivaldi

© Vivaldi

© Montezum

© Montezum

© Turchini

© Turchini