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The Sixteen: Vivaldi Gloria

Friday February 9, 2018 at 19:30
Worcester Cathedral, Worcester
£10 - £30 (booking fees apply)
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  1. Sinfonia, from Dorilla in Tempe RV 709 - Antonio Vivaldi
  2. Lutheran Mass in G BWV 236 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Overture, from Esther HWV 50 - George Frideric Handel
  4. The Lord our enemy has slain, from Esther HWV 50 - George Frideric Handel
  5. Gloria in D RV 589 - Antonio Vivaldi

The centrepiece of this season’s choir and orchestra tour is Vivaldi’s Gloria – one of sacred music’s most uplifting choral works and a joyful hymn of praise with moments ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness. Composed in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, its wonderfully sunny nature and distinctive melodies and rhythms gives it an immediate and universal appeal. Bach was a fierce admirer of Vivaldi’s work, and his extraordinarily inventive Mass in G major complements the Gloria perfectly.

'There can be few more popular works than Vivaldi's Gloria, sparkling, simple yet very effective with moments ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness. Whilst Vivaldi evokes sheer beauty and simplicity, Bach's Mass in G major is, in contrast, a fine example of the highly ornamental and complex writing for which he is so celebrated. Not to be outdone, Handel's 'Grand Chorus' which closes Esther is not so much a chorus but a verse-anthem of rejoicing conceived on the grandest scale possible.' Harry Christophers

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