Vivaldi’s immense influence over composers of his own time spread throughout Europe as his concerti, always in demand, were sent to and performed in the farthest corners of the continent. The brilliance and imagination inherent in his violin concerti are on ample display in his more rarely-heard cello concerti. The instrument was just on the cusp of gaining recognition as a worthy solo vehicle when Vivaldi pushed the limits of cellists’ technique with some of his 27 cello concerti. Hear four of these, as well as works for strings, lute, and harpsichord by Vivaldi, Purcell, Durante, and others, performed by cellist Guy Fishman and principal players from the Handel & Haydn Society, led by concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky and keyboardist Ian Watson.
This concert is supported by the Emma A. Thorne Memorial Fund.
Late seating will take place during the first convenient pause in the program.
To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.
Part of Boston Loves Impressionism Opening Weekend. See the full schedule of events.
Photo: Stu Rosner