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Red Priest

8 Jul 2023

Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor RV 580
J S Bach: Adagio from Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord in G minor BWV 1029
Albinoni: Concerto in D minor Op 9 no 2
Telemann: Largo and Presto from Concerto in E minor
Handel, arr Monti/Summerhayes: Lascio ch’io Pianga
J S Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 5 BWV 1050
Joseph-Nicholas Pancrace Royer: L’Amiable
Henry Eccles: Adagio and Presto from Sonata no 11 in G minor for cello and harpsichord
Gaspar Sanz: Canaria
Tartini: Devil’s Trill sonata

The Red Priest is a baroque ensemble who perform in an inimitable dynamic, theatrical style, named after Antonio Vivaldi who was ordained at the outset of his career and nicknamed “Il Prete Rosso” on account of his red hair.

Here we have music by the Red Priest himself, with works by the composers he influenced with his many concerti and sonatas; fellow Italians such as Albinoni and Tartini alongside Handel who included the country in his youthful travels and Bach and Telemann who studied Vivaldi’s music from afar.

Vivaldi’s hundreds of concerti and sonatas standardised the forms, influencing all Italian composers who followed him as well as German composers such as Handel, Telemann and Bach, who arranged many of his concerti for organ or harpsichord and whose own music blended the new dynamic Italian style with French influences. Amongst the music of these familiar composers, Red Priest will also introduce us to less well known names: Joseph-Nicholas Pancrace Royer, Henry Eccles and Gaspar Sanz.

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