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Vespers at San Vitale

Laudate Dominum in chordis

Emblema Ensemble
Davide Bizzarri, Davide Simonelli violins
Andrea Vezzoso viola
Claudia Bizzarri cello

Giacomo Bigoni guitar
Valentina Vanini contralto


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Filiae Maestae Jerusalem RV 638

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
Salve Regina in F minor 

Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785)
Alma Mater Redemptoris, antiphon in C minor
(critic review and basso continuo performance by Davide Bizzarri)

Antonio Vivaldi
“Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris”, aria no. 10 from Gloria RV 589

The core concept of Emblema Ensemble, from the Latin term mosaic or inlay, is the convergence of multiple instruments, colours and repertoires. Indeed, the difference in timbre offered by quartet, guitar and voice reveals a repertoire based on the works of famous composers who have been brought together under one title, Laudate Dominum in chordis, which underscores its spiritual value: “Praise God in the heart” and also refers to the strings of guitar, string instruments and vocal chords.
Filiae maestae Jerusalem, a motet that features challenging chromaticisms and daring melodic intervals, is followed by the Salve Regina in which Pergolesi subtly balances counterpoint and an expanded melodic score. The antiphon in C minor Alma Redemptoris Mater by Baldassarre Galuppi is a tribute to a composer who, unfairly, is not widely known today. The programme closes with Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, aria from the Gloria RV 589 by Vivaldi, unquestionably one of his most captivating and famous compositions.

Full programme “Vespers at San Vitale”