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The Virtuosi of La Serenissima

Vivaldi immortalised the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. However, we aren’t talking here about one of the magnificent opera houses or one of the prestigious court orchestras of which there were many in Europe at this time, but rather an orphanage. Vivaldi wrote for an ensemble of orphaned girls for whom a sound education was supposed to open the door to an appropriate career and, last but not least, offer the opportunity of concluding a respectable marriage. However, word of the exceptional abilities of Vivaldi’s girl students soon got around and the orchestra of the Ospedale attracted visitors from all sectors of society, as well as many European countries. The virtuosity and powers of expression exemplified by these musicians is reflected in the works that Vivaldi wrote for them.

Solo concertos and concertos for more than one instrument, flute, oboe, bassoon, violin, viola d’amore, lute and basso continuo.

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