October 2016

feature: Four Seasons for Fifteen Years


To mark the momentous occasion of its 15th season, Tempesta di Mare is giving us a big basket of Italian treats: Antonio Vivaldi’s string concertos op. 8, nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4, otherwise known as the famous Four Seasons. Being able to hear Tempesta play what may be the best-known and best-loved pieces in the entire corpus of baroque music is cause for celebration. It’ll be something to remember.

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tickets for Fall: A Chill in the Air


Autumn from Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Pascal Collasse’s courtly Ballet des saisons, plus a rustling concerto for two flutes by Evaristo Felice dall’Abaco and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault’s chilling revenge cantata Medée, sung by Marguerite Krull.

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feature: Falling for Fall


What delighted Venice’s lucky locals and tourists is what we respond to now: a concert experience that takes you out of yourself and into a wonderful fantasy place. In the case of Autumn, you almost literally go someplace else. Vivaldi had perfected the tricks of instrumental onomatopoeia by the time he wrote The Four Seasons, and Autumn has some excellent ones, hunting horns and barking dogs and all.

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Early Music America: Concentric Energies Fuel Tempesta di Mare


Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone, baroque performers and educators of international renown, believe in ensemble. They are co-founders of the highly successful (and widely traveled) Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, which opens its 15th anniversary season with concerts Oct. 21-23. Talking to them on a joint phone call about their vision was like engaging with two deeply intertwined chamber players: complementary phrases were tossed back and forth seamlessly.

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