Jolanta Sosnowska – Baroque Violin, Direction
Magdalena Malec – Harpsichord (Basel, CH)

Jun 10th, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Saint Elisabeth Church, Sankt-Elisabeth-Platz 9, 1040 Vienna


Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741)
Violinsonate in A, Op.2 Nr. 2
Preludio a Capriccio/Presto/Corrente/Adagio/Giga
Violinesonate in g, Op. 2, Nr. 1
Violinsonate in C, Op. 2, Nr. 6
Preludio/ Allemanda/Giga

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Concerto in F-Dur BWV 978 für Cembalo solo

Violinsonate in F, Op. 2, Nr. 4
Violinsonate in h, Op. 2, Nr. 5
Sonate in D, RV 810

The year 2021 marked the 280th anniversary of Antonio Vivaldi’s death. In 1740, Vivaldi moved to Vienna to seek the patronage of Emperor Charles VI. When Charles died later that year, Vivaldi was left without a source of income. Ten months after his arrival in Vienna, the composer died, abandoned and unnoticed by the musical world. He was buried in a simple grave at Spitaller Gottsacker (the local hospital’s cemetery, now site of the Technical University of Vienna) on the 28th of July 1741.
At the zenith of his achievement, Vivaldi’s sphere of influence extended far beyond Northern Italy. When violinist Johann Georg Pisendel returned from touring Italy, he propagated Vivaldi’s technique at the Court of Dresden, Germany. Even the ingenious Johann Sebastian Bach studied Vivaldi’s concertos for organ or cembalo, and thereby refined his own compositional style.