January 23, 2010

Venue: San Francisco Conservatory of  Music.

Cynthia Miller Freivogel, violin
Carla Moore, violin
William Skeen, cello
David Tayler, archlute & baroque guitar
Hanneke van Proosdij, recorder & harpsichord

Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 1
Cello Sonata in A minor
Trio Sonata in G major, RV 71
Trio Sonata in D minor, Op. 1, No. 8
Sonata VI in G minor, “Il Pastor fido”
La Follia

Vivaldi’s posthumous reputation may be based largely on his concertos—there are some 500 in all—but he was also a prolific composer of opera, sacred music, and chamber music. Among his chamber works we find numerous Trio Sonatas, typically for two violins and continuo. This concert includes three trio sonatas from the Opus 1 set of 1705, two of which are in the sonata da camera style that includes dance movements such as the Allemanda or Corrente. Also from Opus 1 comes Vivaldi’s variations on La Follia, a tune familiar from settings by composers from Corelli to Rachmaninoff. These are joined by the forward-looking Trio Sonata RV 71 in G Major, one of a group of four sonatas that may be performed without continuo, and one work in the sonata da chiesa style of four movements alternating slow-fast-slow-fast, the Cello Sonata in A Minor RV 43. The program also includes one of the popular Il Pastor Fido sonatas, long attributed to Vivaldi, but actually the work of musette (bagpipe) player Nicolas Chédeville, published in Paris under Vivaldi’s name as “Opus 13” in 1737.