Friday, February 11, 2011
Early Music Friday: Apollo's Fire play Vivaldi
Today: The Apollo's Fire orchestra under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell play Antonio Vivaldi's Variations on La Folia. One of the very cool things about this video that I love - besides being a great performance - is that, during his life, Vivaldi's "day job" was headmaster of the Pieta, which was an orphanage for girls. The orphanage was music centric, and taught all of its students music first. As a result, the orphanage continually turned out great ensembles, soloists and singers. So, back in Vivaldi's day when this piece would have received its premier, this is probably really close to how it would have looked!